What Items Need Climate-Controlled Storage?

Posted August 2, 2021 in Self Storage Tips

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Whether you are in the middle of a big move or need extra space for seasonal belongings, a self-storage unit is a lifesaver. The type of storage unit you choose for your personal items is important because you want your items to be safe. Storage facilities offer many features, and one of the most beneficial features is climate-controlled storage. You might be wondering what items need climate controlled storage, and if you really need it. At Premium Spaces, we believe that climate-controlled storage is necessary to prevent damage to certain items.  

What is climate-controlled storage?

A self-storage unit with climate control is set to a consistent temperature year-round to protect temperature-sensitive items from damage. Depending on where you live, extreme heat or cold can be very harmful to stored items. Humid areas create moisture, which can attract unwanted pests and mold. In the frigid temperatures of winter, items are at risk of freezing and damage from condensation. If you are storing very valuable belongings, a climate-controlled storage unit is your best bet at keeping it all safe, especially items that could sustain damage if not stored properly or will be in storage long-term.

Special Items That Need Climate-Controlled Storage

The simple answer to what needs climate control are your temperature-sensitive, most cherished items because they react differently to extreme temperatures. If the item can easily crack, warp, expand, contract, disintegrate, or discolor, then a controlled, consistent temperature is essential for its protection. Climate control is the safest option if you are unsure of how an item will react to varying temperatures. To help you decide what needs temperature control, think of the items you consider to be irreplaceable. 

Examples of valuable items that need climate control include:

  • Heirlooms
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Collectibles
  • Important documents
  • Photographs
  • Wine

Regular Items That Benefit From Climate Control

There is no need to separate valuables from regular items as they can easily be stored together. Almost all of your everyday items also benefit from climate-controlled storage. Items made of leather, wood, or metal can all be at risk of temperature damage or fading. In reality, if you are storing items that you plan to use in the future then there is no benefit to taking any risks. 

Examples of regular items that need climate control include: 

  • Sports equipment
  • Clothing
  • Furniture
  • Musical instruments
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Electronics and media

Types of Damage Due to Weather

No matter where you live it can be difficult to avoid extreme weather to some degree. Whether your summers are scorching hot or your winters are unbearably cold—or you get the best of both worlds—most of the items you put into storage are at risk of damage due to outside weather conditions. 

Damage Due to Heat 

During the extremely hot months of the year, moisture is the last thing you want to damage your items while they’re in storage. A humid, damp environment can build up mold and mildew or attract pests to your storage unit. Warping, rusting, cracking, fading, and even melting are all possible damages for your valuable and regular items alike, especially those made of fabric, plastic, metal, paper, leather, and wood. 

Damage Due to Cold

In colder conditions, items such as electronics, instruments, and wooden or leather furniture should all be stored under a regulated temperature. Electronics can build up rust from condensation or warp from the cold, making it less than likely to be used again. 

If you have a valuable wooden instrument in storage, the freezing cold can cause tension and cracks. Additionally, be mindful of any furniture made of wood or leather, which can also crack from extreme cold. 

Who can benefit from climate-controlled storage?

At Premium Spaces, all of our customers can benefit from climate-controlled storage. You may be reluctant to choose a climate-controlled unit since it can be more of an investment than a standard unit. However, don’t let this hold you back, because the protection and future use of your stored items are at stake. With month-to-month leasing and the ability to pay online, our affordable climate-controlled units at Premium Spaces are accessible for your short- and long-term storage needs.

Find Climate-Controlled Storage at a Premium Spaces Near You

We can’t always trust Mother Nature, which is why it is better to be safe than sorry with a climate-controlled storage unit. Don’t stress searching for a facility with climate-controlled storage and find a Premium Spaces facility near you today and protect all of your items from weather damage. Need a different type of storage? We offer plenty of storage options for vehicles, businesses, and more! Don’t forget to use our unit size guide and get the right amount of space for your needs.