The Definitive List of Items That Need Climate Controlled Storage

Krista Diamond | Feb 05, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

Let’s talk about climate controlled self storage. Do you need it? Ultimately, whether or not you do depends on what you’re storing, where you live, how long you’re storing for and what your budget is.

Climate controlled self storage essentially regulates the temperature so that it remains at a safe level for everything inside your storage unit (typically between 55-85 degrees depending on your needs). It also controls the humidity level, ensuring that your items don’t dry out or undergo moisture damage as a result of humidity. You can expect to pay approximately 25% more for climate controlled storage.

If you live in a hot, dry climate, like Arizona, you can expect to see advertisements for air-cooled storage, which is self storage that keeps your belongings cool during the scorching summer months. In a desert environment like this, storage facilities will also offer climate control that prevents items from getting dried out. If you live in Minnesota, on the other hand, you can expect climate control that fights against the negative effects of extremely cold winter weather and humid summer weather.

With all of that being said, your need for climate control is based on what you’re putting in your storage unit. So without further ado, here is the definitive (but likely not exhaustive) list of items that do best in climate controlled storage:

  • Photographs

  • Wine

  • Books

  • Important paperwork

  • Anything made of lace

  • Anything made of leather

  • Antiques (especially antique furniture)

  • Musical instruments

  • Electronics

  • Wooden furniture

  • Artwork

  • Medications

  • Sports Equipment

  • Makeup

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