Beating the Heat with Climate-Controlled Storage

A man sits in a cardboard box wiping his brow from the heat.

Climate-controlled storage can help keep your items protected from the outdoor elements. But do you really need it?

Whether you’re a first-time renter or a seasoned pro, it can be unclear if you need a climate-controlled storage unit. However, while it may come with a few dollars difference, it may be the difference in preserving the integrity of your belongings.

What is climate-controlled storage?

In climate-controlled storage, air conditioning maintains the temperature between a consistent, comfortable range regardless of changing seasons. Unit temperatures are typically kept between around 55 degrees in the winter to 85 degrees in the summer, which can also help dehumidify the unit. But it’s not just about keeping a palatable temperature—these elements can cause mold, decay, and more damage to affect many commonly-stored items.

Do I need climate-controlled storage?

Because everyone stores different things, everyone’s storage needs look different. Traditional storage is often appropriate for different household, business, or yard items.

However, many items can significantly benefit from climate-controlled storage to prevent major damage. Some of these items include:

  • Papers or documents
  • Bedding and mattresses
  • Antiques
  • Electronic equipment
  • Artwork
  • Clothing
  • Photographs
  • Collectibles

Do I need climate-controlled storage for furniture?

Furniture isn’t built to withstand changing weather, and it often won’t. Many pieces of furniture’s natural fibers, wood materials, and metal finishes are all subject to rapid decay through changing temperature and moisture in basic storage units. Antique furniture, which has already naturally decayed, is especially susceptible to this damage.

However, some furniture may be fine in short-term basic storage, and some items may specifically do better than others. These items include:

  • Bed frames
  • Folding chairs
  • Plastic furniture
  • Some outdoor/patio furniture

For the best protection of your furniture, we recommend investing in a climate-controlled unit.

How to Best Preserve Items in Storage

Whether you’re storing items for a few weeks or a few years, taking a few precautionary steps can make a big difference in preserving their quality.

Most importantly, be sure to keep small items in a durable plastic container. While cardboard boxes may save some money at the moment, they will also deteriorate over time. You can also use wire racks and shelves to minimize floor contact and increase air flow, preventing trapped moisture from mold growth.

Wrap larger belongings and furniture in a durable plastic sheeting or covering. While sheets or blankets are often used to cover furniture from dust, they will not protect against moisture and natural decay. For the best coverage, use both fabric and plastic coverings.

Need Help? Partner with Prestige Storage.

At Prestige Storage, keeping your things safe and sound is our priority. Learn more about many easy-to-use, secure storage options, and decide what works best for your needs. Find a convenient location near you, or reach out with any questions to get started today.

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