Climate Controlled Storage Solutions
It can happen without warning: You’ve run out of space in your home or apartment, and now you need a place to store your belongings. For most, a simple storage unit with no fancy bells and whistles will work, especially if it’s just a short term solution. But if the items you intend to store require a little bit of extra special care, a climate controlled storage unit may be the answer.
WHAT IS CLIMATE CONTROLLED STORAGE?
Climate controlled storage units allow you to keep the temperature within a set range, usually between 55 and 85 degrees. This allows your belongings to remain protected from extreme heat and cold that can cause long-lasting and irreparable damage. Regulating the temperature also has the added bonus of reducing the humidity, which can cause harmful mold and mildew from gathering on your items.
DO YOU NEED CLIMATE CONTROLLED STORAGE?
Climate controlled storage is an ideal option for those who live in hotter climates or those requiring long-term storage for items sensitive to heat and humidity. In most cases, this refers to regions that experience temperatures above 90 degrees or below 32 degrees.
If you’re storing any of the following items, you may want to consider a storage unit that lets you control the temperature.
Artwork: Heat and humidity can wreak havoc on art. Constantly fluctuating temperatures can cause the artwork to shrink, while high levels of humidity can contribute to mildew or mold growth.
Old Books: Everyone loves that “old book smell,” but do you know what causes it? As the book is exposed to light, heat, and humidity, the materials that make up the book break down and release a unique odor created by “volatile organic compounds.” Unfortunately, with this smells comes damage, so ensuring your antique books are stored in a space where you can control the temperature is the key to preserving them for years to come.
Metal Items: Rust is the enemy of metal, and rust is created by exposure to moisture. If you’re storing metal items, such as appliances or furniture, for a long period of time, climate controlled storage is recommended. Examples of other metal items that might require climate controlled storage include coins, sculptures, musical instruments, and computer equipment.
Wood Furniture: In the presence of extreme temperature fluctuations or humidity, wooden furniture can contract or expand, resulting in a warped look. When storing wood furniture, you should always treat with an oil such as linseed or tung oil, as this will help prevent moisture from seeping in and damaging the wood.
Leather: When exposed to extreme heat, leather can dry out, leading cracking and a faded look. Likewise, if the humidity is extreme, it can cause the leather to rot over time. The regulated temperature in our climate controlled storage units help keep the humidity at a normal level that mimics a household, which can actually benefit the leather.
Vinyl Records: Extreme heat can destroy your vinyl, while humidity can damage the album artwork. In addition, always store them side-by-side in a crate or bookshelf, as the weight and pressure caused from stacking them can lead to warping.
Wine: If you’re a collector of fine wines but lack the storage space in your home, a climate controlled storage unit can help keep those wines safe from harmful heat, and humidity. Furthermore, since storage units are kept dark, your wine is safe from harmful light, which can alter the taste and quality of the wine.
If you’re only storing for a short term, then a normal storage unit will work. Our regular units are made of sturdy concrete and block construction. This helps them stay cooler than a typical steel wall building. A good rule of thumb is to consider an enclosed garage – if you are comfortable storing your belongings in one, then a regular unit will be fine for your needs.
Other benefits of climate control storage Climate controlled storage units offer a number of benefits not typically found in exterior entrance units. Chief among them is their ability to keep out pests such as ants, roaches, wasps, and even mice. Since they’re located indoors, there are less ways for these unwanted to guests to find their way into your storage unit and cause damage to your items.
Additionally, with traditional exterior-entrance storage units, you often have to contend with the elements as you load and unload your items. Climate controlled storage units are protected from wind, snow, rain, and extreme temperatures of some climates, making each trip a little less stressful.
Finally, climate controlled storage units offer added security. While all of our locations offer resident managers, computerized security gates, well-lit driveways, and 24-hour security cameras to provide you with the peace of mind that your belongings are safe and secure, our climate controlled storage units offer well-lit hallways and added privacy due to being located indoors.
Why choose Key Storage for climate controlled storage units If you have valuable or sensitive belongings that require long-term storage, you should consider a storage unit that lets you maintain a consistent temperature. The reservation process is risk free, and no credit card is required.