Many people do not think about the dangers their items can be exposed to if they do not use climate controlled self-storage units. Certain items require more care, and we are here to help you distinguish these items so you can decide whether you should stick to outdoor units or make the switch. It is also important to consider the location and climate of your storage facility.

If You Possess Any of the Following Items

  • Electronics (including household appliances): In extreme heat, humidity can cause internal parts to rust. In freezing climates, electronics have a risk of cracking and the quality of batteries decreases. Even if you live in an area where the temperature stays consistent, you may want to choose a climate controlled unit as you never know when the temperature can suddenly change and prevent your electronics from working properly.

  • Musical Instruments: Especially string instruments need extra care as they are very sensitive to extreme temperatures. Wooden instruments are also at risk, which leads us to our next category.

  • Wood Furniture: Wood can swell up in the summer and shrink in the winter, and this constant swelling and shrinking can damage your wooden items. Do not use outdoor units if you have valuables made of wood! There are a number of people that make the mistake of storing their wood furniture in outdoor units.

  • Photos and Important Documents: Obviously, you do not want your precious photos and important documents falling victim to unpredictable weather patterns, so avoid storing these in outdoor units altogether! Photos and documents can get stuck together in melting temperatures, which you do not want as it is very difficult to then separate them.

  • Antiques and Collectibles: You are exposing your treasured antiques and collectibles to potential rust from humidity and cracking from freezing temperatures if you do not store them in a climate control unit. You want to be extra careful with these items, as they are rare and hold special value.

If you plan to store any of these items in self-storage, be sure to rent a climate control unit!

If You Live in Extreme Climates

If you live in an area that experiences many natural disasters, there is no reason why you shouldn’t take advantage of climate-control units. Florida residents, for example, often experience disturbing hurricanes and extreme heat. The storage facilities in these areas will most definitely have an option to control your unit’s temperature. If this type of environment sounds familiar to you, do not let your items be at risk! Securing your belongings in a climate-control unit, where the temperature ranges from 50 to 85 degrees Farenheit, can make a huge difference in preserving the quality of your items.

We highly encourage you to take a good look at the items you will be storing in your unit. Along with our guide, ask yourself whether the item you are storing is vulnerable to damage or not. Remember to also examine the weather patterns in your area. Even if you do not live in extreme climates, you do not want to be worried about the condition of your belongings if you are planning to store them away long-term. Sure, you may be paying a little bit more for climate control, but you will also get a peace of mind with it!

Zara Raza is a Content Marketing Intern at Lighthouse Self-Storage, an affordable self-storage company with various locations in Southern California and Florida. Lighthouse Self-Storage is a supplier member of the American Moving and Storage Association.