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Items That Require Climate Controlled Storage

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Most homes can benefit from additional storage space. Having more space to store the items you are not using will help you declutter your home, keep it tidy, and make home cleaning a lot easier. You can rent a storage unit from Roadway Moving NYC directly, and you can choose the ideal facility for your needs, as well. However, before you rent a storage unit, you may want to consider whether you require a climate-controlled one. There are many items that require climate controlled storage, and storing them in a standard storage facility is not the best option. But what is climate controlled storage, exactly, and why do you need it? We will answer those questions right here in this article.

What is climate-controlled storage and how is it different from regular storage?

A climate controlled storage unit is specially designed to control its internal climate. The main difference between standard, air-conditioned, storage units lies in the fact that climate controlled storage services also regulate humidity. These storage units are usually indoor storage facilities but outdoor and drive-up variants exist as well.

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The main difference between a standard storage unit and a climate controlled one is that the latter regulates humidity as well as temperature.

Both temperature and humidity are extremely important when it comes to creating a “perfect” climate for your belongings. If a storage unit does not regulate humidity, chances are that it will experience moisture buildup. By regulating the humidity at all times, climate controlled units do not collect any moisture. Thus, the items within have maximum protection. Most of these units keep a temperature range between 55 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, making them suitable for almost any household item.

Do you need climate-controlled storage?

The answer to this question depends on what items you plan on storing. If humidity is an issue at all, a climate controlled storage unit might be your best option. Furthermore, if you live in a place where temperatures get very high, it may be in your best interest to consider storing your belongings inside a climate-controlled facility. Lastly, choosing one of these units for your storage needs will make it easier to pack your items for storage, as you may not need additional protection. Or, if you are utilizing packing services, they will be cheaper for the items that are going inside a climate-controlled unit.

When considering whether a climate controlled storage unit is the right option for you, you will want to ask yourself some of the following questions:

  • Are my items affected by high heat?
  • Are my items sensitive to extreme cold or heat?
  • Do I need to keep my items at a certain temperature (examples include wine, whiskey, etc.)
  • Will moisture warp, crack, discolor, or cause any deterioration to my belongings?
  • Are my items prone to collecting mold or mildew?
  • Am I storing rare items or items that hold great sentimental value?
a mover in a storage facility
If your items have great sentimental value, you will want to store them in a storage unit capable of climate control.

If the answer to any of these questions is a resounding “Yes”, chances are that you will need a climate controlled storage unit. In fact, this unit type is superior to standard storage units in just about every regard. You will be paying a bit more for the benefits but they are worth it most of the time, provided that you answered “yes” to any of the above questions.

A quick list of items that require climate controlled storage

Just about any item is safer in a climate controlled storage unit. However, some items all but require storing them inside a climate controlled space. Here is the list of the most common:

  • Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Artwork
  • Antiques
  • Collectibles
  • Musical instruments
  • Media
  • Documents
  • Medications/Medical supplies
  • Photographs
  • Furniture
  • Metal, wood, wicker, or any other items made from natural materials
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If you plan on storing items from any of the above categories, choosing a climate controlled unit is the best option. Do note, however, that if you plan on storing these items for a short time, you may “get by” with a standard storage unit. Your choice also depends on the area’s climate. If you live in an area that features great humidity, your choice is all but made up for you. Of course, if you have any items that require climate controlled storage, you don’t have many other options either.

Additional reasons for renting a storage unit with climate control capabilities

While protecting your sensitive items may be your primary goal, there are other benefits that come with renting a climate-controlled storage unit.

postal stamps are also one of Items That Require Climate Controlled Storage
Collectibles are best kept inside a climate controlled storage unit.

If you happen to be storing your belongings through multiple seasons, renting a climate controlled unit will provide you with peace of mind through them all. You will not need to worry whether long rainy days will have any effect on your belongings, for example. And if you happen to live in an area that features high heat or high humidity on a regular basis, storing your items in a climate controlled facility is simply your best option.

Another reason why you might want to consider a storage unit with climate control capabilities is if you are planning on storing items of extreme value. They deserve the maximum protection you can afford, which is climate controlled storage. With valuable items, it is always better to be safe than sorry. And we’re not talking only monetary value here, anything that is priceless for you deserves the best protection money can buy.

Find your ideal storage unit today!

At Roadway Moving, we offer a selection of storage units, both with climate control and without. We will make sure to find the best facility for your items that require climate controlled storage, and can also offer you low-cost options for some of your other belongings. Contact us today and we will help you decide which unit is best for your purposes. With us by your side, you will never have to worry whether your items have adequate protection. We will ensure that they do!

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