When to Use a Temperature Controlled Unit

heated and cooled and non-heated and cooled storage unitsMany people ask, “I’m not sure if I need a heated and cooled unit.. Why would I need one?”  There are actually a few good reasons why heated and cooled storage unit would be needed for one’s belongings. Storplace Self Storage can help you with your storage unit decision making.

First of all, how long you will be storing your items plays a big factor in deciding if you need to rent a heated and cooled or non-heated and cooled unit. Typically, if your belongings are going to be stored for more than three months, you will definitely want to use a temperature controlled storage unit.  These units are well insulated. They also provide protection from outside elements, such as humidity during the summer months and extreme cold during the winter months.

Secondly, if you are storing any electronics, antiques or antique furniture, leather or suede furniture, pictures or paintings, or tools; you will want to rent a temperature controlled storage unit for these items. These items are, what we call “temperature sensitive” and can easily be ruined if left to the extreme outside temperatures. Temperatures that we feel may not be very extreme for us can be extreme for the items previously listed.  If any of those items are left outside for long periods of time, considerable damage could be done to them. Electronics with cords and wires can short out if they come in contact with humidity or dew.  Antique furniture can warp with humidity and possibly develop mold if left outside too long. If leather and suede furniture are left to the elements over a period of time, they will actually start to expand with the summer heat and contract in the winter cold, causing them to start cracking and possibly peeling. We certainly all know that a leather or suede couch does not look appealing when it is peeling and there are cracks all over with the insides of the couch poking through.  Pictures and paintings, depending on what material they are made of, can warp, peel, turn color, or possibly grow mold when left to the elements over several months.

Metal tools left in a humid climate where dew could possibly develop on them can develop rust. Storing tools is not typically thought of when thinking about a heated and cooled unit. But for someone who has invested many, many dollars into their tools for their profession and have good quality items, they most certainly do not want their tools rusting. When that happens, the tool cannot be salvaged and hundreds of dollars go down the drain.

When thinking about renting a storage unit, think about what all you want to put in the unit. Make a list and think about each item’s sensitivity to extreme temperatures. Also when making the list, estimate how many boxes and big pieces of furniture you will store. Look to see what pieces can be broken down and what pieces have to stay together. Knowing all of these things ahead of time will make it easier to find what size and type of storage unit you will need.  Come in or call the StorPlace Self Storage facility closest to you and let us help you get the right size and type of storage unit you need for all of your important items.

 

 

 

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