Summer Storage

Summer is just around the corner, which is hard to believe after the crazy winter we had. When it comes to using self storage during the heat of summer, there are some things you should keep in mind when deciding which summer storage unit type you are going to use. You have several options from which to choose: drive-up, interior and temperature control. Knowing what types of valuables you plan to store inside your unit will help determine which summer storage unit type is best for you. You want them kept safe and free of damage when it’s 98 degrees outside

Types of Summer Storage Units

Imagine that it’s an extremely hot day, over 100 degrees in August with high humidity, and you realize that you need to get some items from your storage unit. If you have a standard drive-up self storage unit, you may be subjected to hot air and high humidity. That can be very uncomfortable for some, and possibly dangerous – especially if you have a lung or heart condition or take medications that increase your sensitivity to the sun.

Drive-Up Unit

Perhaps you are an individual that loves the summer heat and believes that 95-98 would be the ideal temperature all year. (Even though I may think your nuts!) In that case, you could choose a drive-up unit. Obviously, if you are most comfortable at those high temperatures the hot sun at the peak of summer is not going to be a negative for you. Another benefit is access to your unit in direct sunlight.

You can literally drive right up to the door and access your unit with a drive-up summer storage unit. The doors are roll-up and can be as large as a garage door depending on the unit size. This makes access very easy. Make sure you are not planning to store items that are sensitive to extreme heat. These units are typically all metal with metal roofs and doors and can become very hot inside when it is hot outside. Think about how hot your car gets in the parking lot when you run into the store for something in August… the same idea.

Drive-up units are perfect for old files, extra clothes, winter toys, as well as excess furniture. There are so many types of furniture! So how do you know if yours is safe in a drive-up unit? A good rule of thumb is not to store any antique, expensive or wooden furniture that could warp and crack with extreme temperature shifts, or any furniture with sensitive fabrics like velvet or suede.

Examples of furniture suited for a drive-up unit: plastic/metal chairs, metal desks, office chairs, and anything made of composite materials.

Interior Unit

A standard interior unit would also work well for you if warm temps are not a concern. These units have the potential to get extremely warm or cold depending on the season. Typically though, they will be more comfortable than an outside drive-up unit. Not being subjected to harsh winds, rains, or direct sunlight while you access your storage unit are a few major perks as well.

A standard interior self storage unit is a great, budget-friendly option. They are usually lower in price than temperature control and drive-up self storage units.

Temperature Control Unit

If extreme heat and humidity make you want to run to the A/C, then a temperature-controlled summer storage unit is for you. Our temperature control units are kept between 55 and 80 degrees year-round. That’s much more comfortable during the hot summer days or cold winter. You also have the benefit of being protected from the elements when you come to visit…who cares if it’s raining cats and dogs!

Choose this summer storage unit type if you have valuables that may be damaged by extreme heat and humidity; like antique furniture, sensitive electronics and delicate fabrics like a vintage sofa or your old wedding dress.

Most temperature control units are located inside, through a door and hallways just like a standard interior unit. However, some newer facilities are adding temperature control to their drive-up units. Temperature control units typically cost a little more per month than a drive-up or interior unit. But, they have a consistent temperature all year long. If it’s 96 degrees outside, it will never be hotter than 80 degrees in your unit. The same goes for winter when it’s 20 degrees outside, your unit will never be colder than 55 degrees.

Summer Storage Recap

Summer is right around the corner, and so are the high temps and high humidity. Before choosing the type of summer storage unit you want, think over the differences between temperature control, drive-up, and standard interior units to make sure your valuables are kept free of damage. If you need help deciding, you can always contact us for more information. Also, reach out to our property managers who are very knowledgeable and happy to help you at any time.

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