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Preparing Your Storage Unit for Cold Weather

Winter is right around the corner. Soon, it will be time to pack up your beach gear, your ATV, and your patio furniture and instead pull out your seasonal holiday decorations from your storage unit. This changing of the guard presents an excellent opportunity to prepare your storage unit for the colder weather ahead. As you might have guessed, different seasons require different storage preparation protocol. Summer is all about tackling heat and humidity. Winter? The freezing cold and water are your biggest enemies.

Climate-Controlled Storage: Is It Right for You?

When it comes to total control over the winter elements, there is no better choice than a climate-controlled storage unit. Located indoors, climate-controlled storage units allow tenants to adjust temperature and humidity levels to suit the needs of their items. Climate-controlled storage is a great option available to people who want total weather-related peace of mind — but it’s not for everyone. Below, we discuss the pros of climate-controlled storage, as well as some challenges to consider before renting.

Climate-Controlled Storage: Advantages and Benefits

  • Keeping Your Things at an Ideal Temperature. It’s right there in the name: climate control. These special units give you control over the climate inside your unit. Usually, this means temperature control, but many units also offer built-in humidity control too. Climate controlled units are located indoors, inside buildings with AC and heating — so even if you can’t adjust the levels within your individual unit, you can rest assured that your items are sitting at room temperature (or close to it) year-round.

  • Keeping Your Things Free From Mold and Freezing. Mold and valuables don’t mix well. Climate-controlled facilities specifically help keep your units from gathering mold. Mold is a microbe that grows in hotter, humid climates. This means that mold is not going to be your primary concern this winter, but come springtime there will be condensation and rising heat, which can lead to mold if you’re not careful. Climate-controlled storage stops the humidity and freezing air from ever being a major problem, thus stopping the mold from ever being a major problem.

Climate-Controlled Storage: Challenges to Consider

  • Since they are more expensive to build and maintain, climate-controlled units are going to be priced at a higher price than non-climate-controlled units. Depending on the area you’re looking at, this price increase can range from tens of extra dollars to hundreds of extra dollars per month. If you are storing very valuable items that need hyper-specific storage conditions, then it will probably be worth it to you to invest in a climate-controlled storage unit. But if you are storing stuff that is not that valuable nor susceptible to heat, cold, and humidity, then a climate-controlled storage unit may not be worth the investment.