Do I Really Need A Climate Controlled Storage Unit?


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If you have ever considered renting a Colorado Springs storage unit and got some offers from different facilities, you probably noticed that climate controlled units are typically up to 50% more expensive than regular units (non-climate controlled)

Climate control means that the unit is provided with a system that can be used to change the indoor temperature, which is really helpful if you store objects that require a constant temperature and humidity, regardless the season. Cold, heat and humidity affect most stored things, so renting a climate controlled unit will keep your belonging safer and better protected from these damaging factors.

However there are no standards for a “climate controlled” unit, therefore this extra feature may vary from one storage facility to another. Typically, climate controlled should refer to 55-85 degrees F and 55% humidity, but you will have to get the exact system capabilities from your facility manager and decide if they are ok for your storage needs.

But do you really need a climate controlled storage unit?

The answer depends on the objects you store, the weather in your area, the time of the year and the length of the storage period.

Items that need/ might need a climate controlled storage unit

There are many sensible objects made from materials that may warp, crack or degrade in some other way when exposed to a humid environment or to extreme temperatures. Here is a non-exhaustive list:

  • Paperwork, documents, books
  • Leather, metal or wood upholstery
  • Wood furniture
  • Electronics (phones, tablets, computers, laptops etc.)
  • Different media (photos, CDs, DVDs etc.)
  • Mattresses
  • Musical instruments
  • Collectibles (e.g., antiques, art, wine etc.)
  • Cosmetics & toiletries
  • Medical supplies

Most people use storage units to keep different objects; not all of them require a climate controlled environment, but you will have to think about individual objects instead of the whole lot, to be able to protect them properly.

The second factor we mentioned is the local climate. If you live in an area with extreme temperatures and high level of humidity, you risk damaging your objects if you store them in a unit without climate control, because such an environment is favorable to pests, mold, rust and corrosion. A climate control Colorado Springs storage unit will prove to be very useful both in extreme cold and hot temperatures.

Finally, the length of the storage period can also determine the choice of a climate controlled storage unit. If you need a unit for a limited period of time, for example 1-2 months in the spring, while you renovate your house, you can forget about paying extra money for using a climate controlled system; your objects will survive just find without it, on the short run. On the other hand, if you plan to store your items for a long time or indefinitely, temperature and humidity become a concern and you should opt for a climate controlled Colorado Springs storage unit.

Remember to read carefully your lease agreement, because not all storage facility owners can be held legally responsible if your items are damaged. Besides, inspecting your items regularly is the best way to make sure that they are in good condition.