Do I Need Climate-Controlled Storage?
If you are storing perishables, then yes.
Climate-controlled storage units allow you to control the humidity and temperature levels in the storage unit. While this might not matter for, say, a plastic chair, it can be vital for a delicate woodwork or fabrics.
Most self storage facilities raise their storage unit rates for climate control. You can expect to pay an extra $15 to $50 per month for climate-controlled storage units, depending on the size of the unit. Also, you might or might not be able to control the thermostat for the unit itself; the facility might do this.
Two things to remember when getting climate control:
- Check to see that the control panel works, if there is one, or make sure that you know the temperature the facility will maintain, and
- Check on the unit every couple of weeks to ensure it’s working as expected.
Items That Need Climate-Controlled Storage
There are many different things that should be stored in a controlled environment, including those that can be damaged by heat, cold or wet. Here’s an incomplete list:
- Electronics – Heat, cold and humidity can ruin electronics.
- Fine cloth (silk, hand-woven fabrics) – Damp spaces create a situation perfect for mildew.
- Wood – Humidity can warp and rot wood.
- Paintings – If you have an expensive painting, make sure the paints used are heat and humidity resistant.
- Living things – Nothing living should be kept in storage, but if you need to store a plant for a week or so, make sure you have climate control.
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