Why Climate Controlled Storage is Necessary

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Climate-controlled units are an Amazing storage feature where the unit’s indoor temperature is kept between 60 and 78 degrees year-round and maintains a consistent humidity level. Basically, it’s a heater, air conditioner, humidifier, and dehumidifier all in one.

We’ve compiled a list below of a few special items that benefit from climate-controlled storage

wood and leather chairsWOOD AND LEATHER

When exposed to too much moisture over time, wood can crack, warp, or rot. Leather that’s not stored in a climate-controlled unit is also more susceptible to moisture, which can discolor the pieces and cause mildew.


coin and stamp collectionSPECIAL COLLECTIONS (Including coins, stamps, comics, and wine)

The point of collecting certain items is to preserve them for years to come. Temperature control can help with that preservation. Everything from coins, stamps, and comics to wine collections needs to be stored in a climate-controlled environment to prevent damage caused by temperature changes and humidity.


musical instrumentsMUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Musical instruments, though sometimes large, are very delicate and need to be handled with great care. Whether it’s short-term or long-term storage for instruments, temperature control is a must.


artwork storageARTWORK

The best environment for artwork is about 50% humidity and a temperature between 70-75°F. Crafting equipment and supplies also need climate control. Sewing machines have belts inside that can shrink and expand with extreme temperatures, so a relatively even temp is helpful.


clothing storageCLOTHING

When you’re swapping out summer dresses for sweaters or storing that beautiful wedding gown, climate-controlled storage can keep your clothes in good shape. After you’ve cleaned everything thoroughly (a step in clothing storage that shouldn’t be skipped) it’s important to maintain the humidity levels inside your unit to avoid mold and mildew. Using plastic storage bins over cardboard boxes also prevents moisture from reaching your clothing.



A climate-controlled unit is the only thing standing between humidity and documents, which will fade, discolor, or dissolve with exposure to moisture.


photo albumPHOTOS

A climate-controlled storage facility and the use of boxes or albums that have passed the Photographic Activity Test (PAT) will help to ensure your memories are preserved. Also, if temperatures get too high in an area where photos are stacked on top of one another, the prints can blend together and deteriorate. Always store photos facing away from each other, even in albums.


electronic equipmentELECTRONICS

From TVs and computers to recording equipment, you might be filling your storage unit with some expensive electronics. The screens and internal components of plasma TVs in particular don’t do well with extreme temperatures. Choosing to store electronics in a standard storage unit may work for a short time, but after a while, the moisture that accumulates as a result of rising humidity levels can have the same effect as a direct water spill. Internal parts can rust, and wiring can break completely.

3 Responses to “Why Climate Controlled Storage is Necessary”

  1. Delores Lyon
    September 4, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing this advice on getting climate controlled self storage. I had no idea that the heat could negatively affect photos and leather– leather seems like a pretty tough material! However, it does make sense that the leather would get discolored due to moisture. I didn’t think about how climate controlled storage units also control humidity!

  2. Michael Lee
    October 1, 2015 at 1:03 am

    I know a guy who had a nice expensive pair of crocodile skin shoes who put them in storage, they must have cost $600 dollars, and they ended up cracking because he did not have a climate controlled storage unit. The biggest problem these storage companies face is keeping each individual unit at the right temperature and moisture level, it is hard to find a unit facility that does it right!

  3. Mark Finch
    October 23, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    I’m glad I came across your article. I am currently looking for storage for my instruments (guitars and a grand piano). Thank you for talking about climate controlled storage units. I never realized I need it until I read your article. I agree that wood can warp if exposed to too much moisture, and as a musician, I know how important it is to keep my instruments in pristine condition. I will take your suggestion and look for a climate controlled storage instead.


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