Should You Invest In A Climate Controlled Storage Unit?

When compared to traditional self-storage units, climate-controlled storage units can be a bit more expensive and difficult to find. Consequently, it is not unusual for people to find themselves questioning whether or not they should invest in a climate-controlled unit or just rent a normal storage unit.

If you have found yourself asking this same question, taking the time to consider the three factors discussed below can help you to answer this question once and for all.

Factor #1: How Long Your Items Will Be In Storage

The longer you plan to leave your items in storage, the greater the risk is that these items will get damaged by extreme temperatures or high humidity levels. This is especially true if you live in an area that experiences extremely hot summers or freezing cold winters.

If you are planning to store your items for just a few weeks while you transition to a new home, chances are you will not require a climate-controlled storage unit. However, if you are planning to store these items for the long term, investing in a climate-controlled unit can save you a ton of money when compared to the cost of replacing multiple damaged items. 

Factor #2: What Type Of Items You Are Storing

Not all items are equally as susceptible to damage. For example, items made from solid wood will be far more susceptible to damage as a result of high humidity levels. Likewise, electronic items will often fare poorly in high temperatures. Fabric items such as couches and clothing are not as susceptible to temperature-related damage.

That is why it is so important to carefully consider what type of items you will be storing. If you are planning to store any items that are susceptible to temperature or moisture-related damage, you will want to invest in a climate-controlled storage unit. 

Factor #3: How Much Time You Will Spend In The Unit

The items you are planning to keep in your storage unit are not the only things that will need to be considered when choosing between a standard unit and a climate-controlled unit. You will also want to consider your own comfort. If you only expect to be in the unit for a few minutes at a time when adding items to or removing items from the unit, a standard self-storage unit will likely serve your needs.

However, if you plan to spend extended periods of time in this unit to access inventory or records for your business or to complete hobby-related tasks, investing in a climate-controlled unit can make your time inside the unit far more comfortable.