Although the adage “out of sight, out of mind” is often applied to the contents of storage units, storing certain items in the wrong conditions can be disastrous. Here’s why it’s important to consider climate-controlled units for certain belongings.
What is Climate-Controlled Storage?
The definition of “climate control” can change between storage companies, but the feature normally comes with two aspects: temperature control and humidity control. Although temperature-controlled facilities are more common, many clients find that humidity control is crucially important for certain items. This is because increased humidity can damage belongings, especially when combined with high temperatures. Climate-controlled facilities often use HVAC systems, dehumidifiers, and strong insulation to maintain the proper temperature and humidity.
Additional Benefits of Climate Control
The management of humidity and temperature is the most commonly sought feature of climate-controlled facilities. However, the regulations often offer additional benefits. When compared with non-climate-controlled storage, there is often an extra barrier against dust, debris, and pests in personal or commercial storage due to the additional insulation. Additionally, climate control protects not only from extreme heat or cold but also from fluctuations in outdoor humidity and temperature. Finally, these units provide more air circulation than non-climate-controlled units, where air may stagnate and grow stale. This can result in a damp and musty feeling and smell in the unit that could affect the items and make retrieval unpleasant.
Items That Most Benefit From Climate-Controlled Storage
Not all items will be affected by changes in temperature and humidity, but there are some belongings that may rapidly decline when stored in non-climate-controlled facilities. Wooden furniture may crack, warp, or rot when exposed to too much moisture in storage. Leather furniture can also become discolored or mildewed. Certain appliances can crack and rust, and books or comics can rapidly yellow. Naturally, any antiques or highly valuable possessions should be stored in climate-controlled units to ensure that they don’t depreciate in value or incur any damage from changing conditions.
When choosing a storage facility, considering a climate-controlled unit is a storage tip that can’t be overlooked. Seaport Storage in Redwood City, CA offers several storage units with climate control to protect your belongings. For more information about our units and other storage features, call us at 650-364-3866 today.