Chances are, you’ve seen plenty of outdoor storage units before, identifiable by their rows and rows of brightly colored sheds surrounded by a chain link fence. If it’s a nice facility, you might even see a security camera monitoring the front gate. Climate-controlled storage units are a different animal. These type of storage units are behind locked doors and in a secure facility. Not just anyone can drive up to a climate-controlled storage unit, one of their many benefits.
Climate Controlled Storage Units
Climate-controlled storage units provide many improvements over outdoor storage units, and some items even require climate-controlled vaults over outdoor units. Below we’ll look at what items should always have climate-controlled storage no matter what, as well as why climate-controlled storage units are the best all-around choice.
Wooden furniture does not do well in the elements. Heat, humidity, cold, and moist air wreak havoc on wooden furniture because indoor furniture isn’t conditioned to be outdoors. Your family heirloom may suffer from rot, flaking paint and other damage. When it comes to wooden furniture, the air should be as dry as possible, and the only way to guarantee that is by having furniture stored in indoor, climate controlled units, instead of outside. The same can be said for leather furniture. Leather fades with time, but temperature changes coupled with alterations in humidity increase the speed at which leather deteriorates.
Electrical appliances can’t get wet at all or they rust. Indoor appliances such as microwaves, oven ranges, washers, dryers, dishwashers and refrigerators may warp and corrode in extreme heat or cold. Plus, storing appliances in an outdoor storage unit exposes them to possible insect or rodent intrusions.
Special Items or Collections
Climate-controlled storage units offer protection for special items or collections. Stamps, old documents, coins, sports cards, comic books and even bottles of wine need specific conditions to maintain their ideal state. Coins don’t tarnish as much when kept in climate controlled storage units, and stamps, comics and papers don’t curl up or form water spots due to humidity changes.
Climate-controlled storage units are also a must for musical instruments. Piano’s need steady temperatures and humidity levels so the strings, hammers, and keys don’t distort over time. Violins, cellos and other stringed instruments also will lose their musical capabilities for the same reasons.
Benefits of Indoor Storage Vaults
Indoor storage units are different from outdoor units beyond just what you should store inside of them. Consider these benefits unique to climate-controlled storage units.
1. Added Security
Climate-controlled storage vaults have an added layer of security that’s more than just a locked gate outside a wide-open facility. Padlocked or keypad-controlled doors give you access to the main storage area and keep intruders out.
Indoor lighting makes it easier to see who comes and goes on security cameras. In the rare case there is a problem with burglary inside a storage unit, law enforcement has a much better chance of catching perpetrators when video surveillance cameras see people’s faces more clearly due to bright indoor lighting.
3. Out of the Elements
Imagine trying to get something out of storage in the driving rain or among falling snow. Indoor storage units remove the elements from your storage area. A heavy thunderstorm or whirling snow could whip around outside while you casually go through climate-controlled storage units in comfort, and without rushing around so nothing gets wet. Take your time when you have indoor storage units protecting your items.
4. No Insects or Vermin
Insects, rodents, and vermin specialize in crawling through very small spaces to reach their destination. Outdoor storage units aren’t bug-proof or rodent-proof. If you’re not careful, you could find tons of ants marching through your unit or a wasp’s nest in an upper corner. You don’t want mice taking up residence in one of your cardboard boxes: temporary storage units located indoors solve the pest problem.
5. No Dust or Moisture
Indoor storage units keep dust and dirt off of your items. Outdoor units can’t provide full protection, as the wind whips up dirt underneath and around the sides of the door. Additionally, moisture from outside rain or fog will not sneak into your storage unit and onto your belongings.
Storage Units For You
Get a sense of peace when you hire climate-controlled storage units. Temporary storage units are practical, safe, and ideal for keeping valuable items out of harm’s way. There are so many reasons to use indoor storage units, and you will benefit greatly from using them. Whether you’re moving your belongings, renovating your house, need extra space or just don’t want valuable items in your home, climate-controlled storage units are an excellent option. For more information, contact us today.