Climate Controlled Storage vs Non-Climate Controlled Storage

Climate Controlled Storage
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There are many reasons why you might want to take advantage of additional storage. Many people use mini self storage facilities to eliminate clutter around the house. Others use it to hold on to furniture or some other valuable heirlooms for children who will one day have a house of their own. Storage facilities are commonly used during moving as well, especially when there are awkward transitional times between apartments and larger houses, or when a family is forced to downsize from a larger to a smaller dwelling.

When these situations occur, very frequently saving money is going to be at the top of the list of priorities, but it should certainly not be the only factor. There is not much value in paying for a storage facility to keep your goods safe if it only ends up ruining them. Sometimes, springing for just a bit pricier unit can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars down the road. Many people think that all units are alike, but this is far from true. It is important that you not just pounce on the cheapest unit you can find, but truly compare the advantages of various units.

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One of the most important distinctions in the storage industry is between climate-controlled storage and non-climate-controlled units. For obvious reason, climate-controlled units are going to be more expensive than standard units, but this extra money is well worth it considering the differences between the units.

The first and most obvious difference is that climate-controlled units are kept at a fixed temperature. Many people find this to be unimportant if they are only storing furniture or durable goods, but often they are mistaken, especially in places that have extreme temperatures. Extreme heat or severe cold can do a great deal of damage, even to wood or metal furniture, since the standard storage unit is going to exacerbate the warm temperatures. Generally speaking, mini self storage that is not climate-controlled has outside access to the units. They are rarely insulated, and if they are, it is hardly top-of-the-line insulation. A metal and concrete cave covered only by a thin metal door is going to get very hot. Mattresses, chairs, tables, bed frames; all of these products are far more likely to suffer damage in severe heat.

Non-Climate Controlled Storage
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But it isn’t just the temperature that differs. The exterior access to the unit also makes the product inside far more susceptible to invasions of other sorts. Moisture can easily find its way into exterior units, and is an enemy to everything you will want to store, regardless of its resistance to heat or cold. Rodents and insects will also tend to be far more prevalent in non-climate-controlled units, simply because there is more access. Lastly, security on such facilities is much more difficult, since there is so much more ground to cover. Climate-controlled units tend to be inside, requiring entrants to the facility to pass through several security gates before arriving at the units themselves.

On the whole, climate-controlled storage is absolutely worth the few extra dollars. The enhanced protection they provide, not just environmentally but also in terms of security, is more than substantial enough to justify the expense.

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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I wonder if they also differ in the prevalence of pests? My husband uses self-storage for business purposes (he stores chemical equipment such as pumps and industrial bulk chemicals). However, he has noticed that there are a number of other tenants who are in vending machine sales and store their products there. Rats have gotten into his unit and unfortunately expired in some chemicals that leaked and solidified (with the rats in place). Poor things. It is interesting to think about what someone may be storing in the unit next door to yours and what potential impact it may have on your stuff.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

I'm sure that isn't pleasant to deal with deceased rodents. And you're right - you never know what your storage neighbor has housed in their unit. A quality facility will have policies on what you can and can't store to help eliminate safety hazards and damage. I would expect perishable items to be on the Don't list for a storage unit.

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