Once upon a time, placing your items into a self-storage was considered a risky move, but not anymore. Even though standard units tend to provide basic protection to weather elements, if the unit is based in a region in which wild temperature swings occur, then odds are it won’t protect your items sufficiently. However, the introduction of climate-controlled self-storage means you never have worry about putting your possessions at risk again. The following looks at climate controlled storage units and the common types that you are likely to come across.
There are several types of climate controlled self storage available:
• Outdoors – The standard form of climate controlled self-storage unit, largely due to the fact that such units are permanently based outside, thus making climate control essential. However, it should be noted that outdoor units are usually constructed out of a basic concrete floor and metal housing. This basic nature can negate any climate control effects in some instances, especially when it comes to moisture and sunlight.
• Drive-up – Similar to standard outdoor unit in design, but larger in size and featuring more robust climate control options, depending on the facility you opt for. Allows users to drive directly up to the unit and deposit items. Such units are usually kept warm during colder seasons and cooled during warmer seasons, in order to maintain a standard temperature year round. However, as these controls are sweeping it may not be suitable for all the items you are storing.
• Indoors – Considered the premiere form of climate control, largely as they are based within an indoor facility, which in itself will be climate controlled. Units are divided by a single wall and sealed by what is usually a near airtight door. It allows the room’s temperature to be individually set by the renter and be tailored to the requirements of the items inside.
• Portable/Mobile – Considered a specialist approach to storage, but encompasses a similar approach to that of an outdoor unit. The control system is usually placed on the outside of the unit to allow staff to adjust the climate controls easier.
What should be stored within a climate controlled self-storage unit?
There are many items that need to be placed within climate-controlled storage, in order to help preserve their condition over a long period of time. Usually this will be in the form of items that can be adversely affected by temperature swings, dampness, and humidity.
• Household appliances
• General electrics
• Leather based clothing
• Leather based furniture
• Clothes and fabrics
• Vintage items
• Photography equipment
• Camera film and tape
• Paper based documents
• Wood based items
• Film Reels
• Select forms of digital media
Safety and Preventative Measures
Even though climate control can go a long way in preserving the condition of the items you place in storage, it can’t do this all on its own. You need to take certain precautions yourself in order to make sure your items don’t suffer damage.
• Use barriers to protect against dust and separate items, this can take the form of plastic, cardboard, canvas and even a thin a layer of wood.
• Install a dehumidifier.
• Use moisture absorbers.
• Use deodorisers or baking soda.
• Clean the unit regularly.
• Use an appropriate locking mechanism.
• Opt for third-party insurance coverage for your items.
It isn’t a secret, climate controlled self-storage units costs more than their standard variation. When you are storing items of increased monetary and sentimental value, this cost will be considered par for the course, as the last thing anyone will want to do is put their possessions at risk.