Do you need extra storage and wonder if you need a standard, self-storage unit or if you need climate-controlled storage?  Other than price, what are the differences between standard and climate-controlled units?  How do you decide when it is worth the extra price for the advantages of a climate-controlled unit? CLIMATE-CONTROLLED STORAGE Let’s look at what climate-controlled storage means.  Keep in mind, the definition of climate-controlled storage can vary from one company to another.  Always check with the storage company and ask for their specifications before you sign up. In general, the temperature in a climate-controlled storage unit should not fall below freezing in the winter or above 90 degrees F (32 degree C) in the summer.  Climate-controlled storage units should keep items in a constant environment (temperatures range between 55 or 60 degrees F and 85 or 90 degrees F).  Be sure to check with your storage company for exact specifications for their units. Most storage units use indirect heating and cooling systems to maintain air temperature, not individual heaters or air conditioners. Climate-controlled units are protected from the elements.  They are usually located indoors so they are not affected by the effects of rain, snow, dirt and dust, pests or changes in temperatures or humidity.  Climate-controlled units also protect your items mold and mildew. When should you consider renting a climate-controlled self-storage unit? If your items are valuable, one of a kind, or environmentally sensitive they would benefit from climate-controlled storage. If you are storing furniture, especially valuable furniture, antiques or family heirlooms that you want to pass down to the next generation, you should consider climate control. Another example would be musical instruments.  Wood-based musical instruments can be damaged by the cycle of heat and cold throughout the year. If you plan to store electrical equipment, such as computers.  Non-climate controlled units can damage computer equipment, especially heat and humidity.  Even for short-term storage, this can be an issue.  With climate-controlled units, you don’t have to worry about the effects of varying temperatures or humidity on your equipment. Are ...

March 12th, 2014