What exactly is climate controlled storage and why would you need it?
Climate controlled storage should not be confused with air conditioned storage. In an air conditioned storage unit it’s a simple case of a storage room that has a conventional heating or cooling system that applies to the whole building and not individual rooms. Climate controlled storage is more precise and maintains both temperature as well as the levels of moisture and humidity. The filtration system in a climate controlled unit also filters out dust. In short, climate controlled storage gives you a stable, pristine storage environment which is controlled to an accuracy of 1 degree Celsius.
Here are our top three questions that will help you to work out if climate controlled storage is right for you.
- Are the items that you are storing sensitive to humidity?
Humidity is the most concerning environmental factor as it can be detrimental to your stored items, causing degradation such as warping or cracking in wooden furniture. It is also the hardest to control and most ‘conventional’ heating and cooling systems do not factor in humidity. High humidity levels are especially damaging to paper items such as art, documents, photographs or collector’s items like comic books or stamps causing them to spot or curl. High humidity commonly leads to moulding and mildew which affects materials such as leather and fabric.
- Are the items that you are storing of high value or of sentimental importance?
Items that you are storing as an investment such as wine or art, or sentimental items that you want to preserve such as photo albums or wedding dresses require more specialist care. Family heirlooms are irreplaceable so should be packaged and stored appropriately. Climate controlled storage will provide more accurate and effective protection for high value or meaningful items. Ultimately the cost of storing these in a climate controlled storage environment will be far less than the cost (or disappointment) should the items be ruined.
- Are the items that you are storing sensitive to changes in temperature?
Collectibles such as wine, antiques or art, electronics , media and clothing are all sensitive to fluctuations in temperature. If the outside temperature can fall below 0 degrees Celsius or rise above 32 degrees, then you will need to select a storage environment that can maintain the ideal storage temperature of between 15 to 18 degrees Celsius.
If you answered ‘yes’ to the above questions then climate controlled storage will definitely be a good choice for you. However, if you are still unsure or if you would like some guidance, why not give our team at Cube Self Storage a call? Our storage experts can talk you through both our conventional and climate controlled storage options to help you decide what works best for you.