Benefits Of Climate-Controlled Storage Units
When looking at possible storage options, a climate-controlled unit should be at the top of your list. These units provide many benefits compared to other storage spaces.
Moisture is one of the greatest risks when you are storing items for a long period. Moisture can seep into a unit via water leaks, such as through a leaking roof or underneath the door if the unit is outside-accessible. Leaks and flooding of the unit will destroy electronics and paperwork, as well as cause permanent warping and damage to upholstered and wood furniture. While these are the obvious causes of moisture, they're not the only cause.
Air moisture is much more likely to damage items in storage. Damp and humid climates are more prone to air moisture issues, but any area that has periods of more than one day with rain, snowmelt, or fog can have air moisture problems. The damp will slowly be absorbed by cardboard, paper, fabrics, and wood. As a result, mildew and mold become more likely. Metal and the inner workings in electronics may rust and corrode due to high humidity.
Heat, especially on the extreme end, can dry out wood furniture and cause it to crack, shrink, and warp. Heat is also tough on upholstered furnishings, which may dry rot in exceedingly hot and dry units. Adhesives and glues in furniture or electronics may weaken and fail. Certain electronic components, such as rechargeable batteries, are also at risk of bursting in hot conditions.
Cold can cause similar damage, especially if there are fluctuations between hot and cold temperatures. Much like in heat, wood can crack in cold. Certain adhesives will also fail if exposed to extreme cold. Fluctuations between hot and cold can cause some materials to alternately swell and shrink, which may cause damage over time.
Most climate-controlled units are classified as indoor units. This means you can't just drive up to an exterior door to access the unit. Instead, you have to enter through an access door and walk down an indoor hallway to reach the locked door of your space. This makes it much harder for thieves to access your unit since both the exterior access door and your unit door are locked.
Interior units can also be more secure against pests like rodents. The exterior of the building will likely be treated for pests by the storage building owners. Since your unit door isn't open to the outside, it is less likely that pests will make their way into the unit by squeezing under a door.
Contact a self-storage facility to learn more about the climate control options that they have available.