Moving? Running out of space for precious valuables? A temperature controlled storage unit can come in handy during a move. It can also allow for extra space for a growing family, or even just provide room for storing your precious possessions. Packing everything and moving it into a storage unit can be stressful, but we are here to make it easy!
There are things to consider when storing your valuables. What will you be storing? How long will you be storing it? Will the storage unit be able to sustain extreme heats and frigid winter temperatures? Now I’ve got you thinking. So, what exactly are temperature controlled storage units?
Temperature controlled storage units are typically located inside buildings that are monitored to stay between 50 and 80 degrees at all times, ensuring your valuables stay at moderate temperatures throughout the year. Some drive-up units are even temperature controlled as well. What could you be storing that may need a temperature controlled unit? Let’s go more into detail.
If you are looking to store for 6 months or longer, temperature controlled units are definitely something to consider. With fluctuating temperatures outside, you want to make sure your items don’t get damaged during the change of the seasons. The extreme heat and humidity of summer can warp or crack sensitive wooden furniture, damage electronic components and break down some fabrics over time. The bitter cold temps and extremely dry air during winter can also be damaging. You wouldn’t put your stereo in the freezer for good keeping would you? Having your belongings endure both extremes isn’t the best idea if they can potentially be damaged by it. If you live in an area where the temperatures and humidity are fairly constant all year, such as San Diego, you can likely get away with a standard drive-up unit. But in the Mid-Atlantic Region where our stores are located, the weather, temperatures and humidity fluctuate all year and we have distinct seasons.
That being said even, if you are storing for a shorter period of time, knowing what you are putting inside your storage unit is a big factor. Items such as books, pictures, photo albums, electronics and even leather could be damaged if not stored properly, regardless of how short a period of time goes by. We recommend these items be stored inside a temperature controlled storage unit. However, items like bicycles, kayaks, metal and composite furniture, glass items and large appliances are usually fine in a standard drive-up storage unit.
The truth is, temperature controlled units can benefit anyone using self storage, no matter what you are storing. But it is up to you to determine which storage type you should select. If you are unsure if your belongings should be kept in a temperature controlled or drive-up storage unit, our knowledgeable property managers can help you make the best decision.
When you’re ready to start using self storage, you can rent a storage unit online 24/7 and get started.