Why You Should Care about Climate Control

By David Torres, USStoragesearch.com‚Äč

No matter what region you live in, climate control is designed to protect by regulating heating, cooling, and even controlling humidity to a preferred level. Obviously, not all items are the same. Therefore, you need to evaluate each item to decide which type of climate it needs in order to remain in tact.

What Items Need Climate Control to Thrive and Prosper?

The following are well-known items that are highly recommended for climate control use:

  • Art and antiques such as furniture, decorations, paintings, acrylics, sketches, watercolors, etc.
  • Appliances and exercise equipment
  • Books and other important documents
  • Canned food, perishables, and wine
  • Classic cars
  • Electronics such as computers, external hard drives, TV’s, sound systems, and cameras
  • Leather-made items
  • Musical instruments, guitars, pianos and vinyl records
  • Photos and movies
  • Sports memorabilia and sports equipment

What does Climate Control Prevent?

Extreme heat, cold and humidity. Climate control works by adjusting the temperature to a desired level to prevent each of these risks. Yet, it is not adopted entirely throughout storage users. What dangers do climate control prevent?

  1. Extreme heat – Whenever a situation like this arises, think of a hot summer day when first entering a car after it being vulnerable to the scorching sun. Now, imagine baking in the sun 24/7. It could cause papers to get crisp, discolor, and turn completely black if they have print on them. Fabrics, such as chairs and mattresses, become fragile and are susceptible to tears. Electronics have the potential to lose some of its’ features. For example, a TV could lose its’ color and a tape could lose its’ ability to stick.
  2. Extreme cold – Fun fact: gardeners use cold storage to store extra vegetables and fruits for the winter. Did you know that placing appliances in the cold will help preserve them, too? Sometimes it is easy to forget if certain items, such as electronics, are placed in too much cold they are vulnerable to being damaged by moisture buildup.
  3. Extreme humidity – The biggest issue when it comes to humidity is the potential that storage items have for pests, corrosion and mold. Ultimately, maintaining and balancing climate control will prevent all the above from happening.

Are Climate-Controlled units More Expensive?

Yes, in a majority of cases climate control is more expensive. Usually, one can expect non-climate-controlled units to be roughly $10-$20 cheaper for smaller units and around $30-$40 cheaper for larger units. However, this doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. Usually, a storage unit with non-climate control will yield one or more climate-affected items that are now damaged. What does this mean for you? The cost of replacing your damaged item(s) will be greater than the cost of renting a climate-controlled unit.

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It’s important to know what features your storage facility offers before making a commitment, and one of those features should be climate-controlled units. Valuable items will diminish if not treated properly, so don’t make any storage mistakes that could be easily prevented with climate-controlled storage. At the end of the day, it all comes down to the opportunity cost of the items you choose to store in your self storage unit.

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