Climate Controlled Storage Units - Protection from Unseen Threats

When renting a storage unit, one concern is always paramount in our customers’ minds – security. Will your items be safe in a storage unit? The answer is yes. Security is guaranteed, but just because your stored items are safe from theft and malicious damage that does not mean that they will be safe the damage and spoiling that can occur from atmospheric conditions. Some items are vulnerable to changes in temperature, from being stored in a location that is too hot, too cold or too damp. But don’t worry; we have a solution to this problem too.

Climate controlled self storage units are temperature controlled and air conditioned to keep the atmosphere inside the unit just right. This creates the ideal environment for storing papers and electronics, as well as sensitive items like photographs, paintings and film.

Climate controlled units are also built indoors, within a finished building. This gives an extra layer of protection against the outside world, keeping the temperature variation to an absolute minimum. This also acts as an extra barrier to keep out dust and dirt. With more doors between the outside and your possessions, they are less likely to succumb to the damaging effects of mold spores. Also, this helps to address the all-important security issue. The extra doors and increased lighting around your unit make theft even harder.

Do you think you need to use a climate controlled self storage unit? There are a few things you should consider before making the decision. Here are some tips to help you decide:

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1. What kind of items will you be storing? This type of unit is usually used to store valuable or sensitive material that can be easily damaged by the wring climate conditions. Items that can benefit from climate control are:

Electrical products (computers, televisions etc)

CDs, DVDs and game disks

Video and audio tapes

Vinyl records

Antique furniture

Photographs

Film

Paper (and books)

Canvas paintings

Clothing

Wood can also benefit from climate controlled storage, as it can expand and contract when exposed to extreme temperatures and might warp if allowed to become damp. Wooden musical instruments are especially sensitive to the elements.

2. Geographical area. Is there a climate controlled storage facility near to you? Accessibility is always important. Luckily, most of our location feature climate controlled storage units.

3. Position. Do you require your storage unit to be on the first floor? Will it be used to store large objects that would be difficult to carry up a flight of stairs? Does it need to be nearer to an exterior door?

As effective as they may be, even our climate controlled storage units will not protect your stored items from damage entirely. They are a safer environment than the average garage or attic, but you should always take as many precautions as necessary to protect your possessions. Here are some tips on making the most of what climate controlled storage offers:

Keep boxes off of the floor. This will allow air to circulate, enhancing the effects of the unit’s air conditioning. It will also protect them from the risk of flooding or from the possibility of leakage from another box or item.

Cover items with dust sheets. This is common sense. The air conditioning unit will protect your items from dust but it can never be 100% effective, especially if you leave your items stored for long period.

Stack boxes correctly. This will ensure that no boxes fall, breaking or spilling their contents. Remember, large or heavy items should be kept at the bottom.

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