If you’re researching storage units for rent, you may be considering climate controlled storage. It’s true that climate controlled storage units have several benefits, but they are only necessary in some situations. Before coming to a final decision, assess whether you’d be better off sticking with standard storage units.
What Is Climate Controlled Storage?
Storage units with climate control use HVAC systems, dehumidifiers, customizable thermostats, and heavy-duty installation to keep the interior at a constant, safe temperature. This reduces humidity and reduces damage caused by weather cycle changes over the year. Unlike standard storage space for rent, these storage units are inside a building.
What Kinds of Items Need Climate Control?
If you’re looking to store valuables that could suffer damage from humidity or extreme temperatures, you need climate control in your storage space. For instance, artwork could shrink or expand or mildew could grow on its surface. Family heirlooms and antiques also need climate control — wood can warp, metal can weaken, delicate paper can turn yellow, and fabric can grow mould.
If you’re storing such items for a short time over a mild period of the year, you can forgo climate control. However, when possessions will be in storage for several months over changing seasons, the risk of damage increases.
Disadvantages of Climate Control
So far, it seems like opting for storage space with climate control could be an excellent option. In fact, there are several reasons not to choose such storage units.
ExpenseThe most significant reason to forgo storage space with climate control is that it tends to cost far more than regular storage space for rent. For one thing, you’re paying for almost constant running of heating or cooling, creating conditions that are often even more controlled than in your own home. Costs also increase for the storage units to be inside a building.
Restricted access times
Being inside a building has another disadvantage — you can only access the storage units at certain times. A feature of most storage units for rent that many clients appreciate is the chance to visit the storage space whenever they please, giving them constant access to their possessions. Visiting restrictions can be problematic if you need an item unexpectedly, as you may have to wait until the building reopens.
Just because a unit offers climate control does not guarantee that your items will be safe from damage. Most lease agreements state that the facility employs “reasonable efforts” to prevent extreme temperatures. The facility heats the unit in cold weather and cools the unit in hot weather. However, any system can fail or malfunction, and the facility is not liable if temperature or humidity reaches an unsafe level for the contents in your unit.
In other words, the facility is unable to guarantee that your unit will always be a certain temperature and free from humidity. Although they will make an effort to ensure this, there is always the risk of a problem — and you will be unable to make a legal claim. If you have anything with high sentimental or monetary value that could become damaged under such circumstances, you’re better off finding a different type of storage.
Should You Choose a Climate Controlled Unit?
Unless you are storing artwork or antiques, you can skip climate control and save yourself some money. In fact, if you’re thinking of putting valuables into storage, you may want to reconsider it entirely. Although climate control may be able to protect them from damage, it is always wise to keep irreplaceable items out of storage.
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