Are any of the items you plan to store sensitive to temperature or humidity? If so, you will most likely need a climate-controlled storage unit. Typically the following items need to be stored indoors with our climate controlled environment: leathers, furs, clothing, paintings, film, photographs, furniture, antiques, musical instruments, wine, paper, software, DVDs, CDs and electronics.
Climate controlled storage can be cost effective
Many renters of a climate controlled storage unit believe that peace of mind is also an advantage. Precious family heirlooms, antiques and other valuable items may or may not survive long-term storage in regular storage units. With a climate controlled storage unit, there is much less chance of discovering significant damage to weather-sensitive items and precious heirlooms. The value of antiques can diminish quickly based on ‘storage issues’, for instance. Renting a climate controlled storage unit may be worth the extra expense if you plan on storing your most prized possessions for the next generation.
Because our climate controlled storage units are located indoors, there is less chance of outside vermin and pests infiltrating them. Damaging insects such as termites are kept at bay through concrete and metal construction. Unregulated units may become susceptible to outdoor pests such as bees, wasps, mice, spiders and other insects if not inspected regularly.
If you are going to pay for a storage unit, then store it well
- Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front. If your storage unit is large enough allows for walkways for easier access.
- Make up an inventory of your items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
- Do not store anything combustible.
- Prop mattresses so they stand straight – if they are stored slanted they can bend out of shape and become lumpy.
- Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.