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Do I Need Climate Controlled?

Severe hot or cold weather can damage items stored in storage units. Important documentation for your home or business, computer equipment and electronics, wood or leather furniture, photographs, books, clothing, artwork and other valuable possessions can be destroyed if not properly protected. If you live or work in a geographic area with these weather conditions, climate-controlled storage units provide the ideal solution for storing your personal or business-related items.

Climate controlled maintains a steady temperature of 55–80° using central air conditioning and heat.

Maintaining a controlled environment prevents:

  • Warping, cracking and splitting
  • Rust, yellowing and corrosion
  • Mold, mildew and bacteria overgrowth
  • Infestation of wasps, mice, termites and other vermin

3 Steps for Choosing a Climate-Controlled Space

Step 1: Consider Your Geographic Area: The Lowcountry is Hot and Humid

As a general rule, the temperature in climate-controlled storage units should not fall below freezing in the winter, or rise above 90°F (32°C) in the summer. Since we live in the tropical southeast, the Summer heat exceeds 90 degrees and in the winter temperatures can fall below freezing. The Lowcountry of Charleston experiences both extreme hot and cold temperatures: Therefore, climate control may provide the best benefit.

Step 2: Consider What You Plan to Store

The following is a list of items commonly stored in climate-controlled storage:

Home Goods:
Leather or wood furniture
Antiques & heirlooms
Clothing/Furs
Musical Instruments
Craft Supplies
Plastics
Televisions & Stereos
Paintings/Photographs
Cameras
Media: DVD's, CD's, Vinyl Records, Cassettes & 8-Track Tapes
Equipment:
Computers & Computer Parts
Video Equipment
Audio Equipment
Construction Tools & Supplies
Restaurant Equipment
Seasonal Inventory (Christmas/Halloween Decorations)
Software, Videos, DVD's & CD's
Pharmaceutical Samples & Medical Supplies
Archival Documents, Tax Files & Other Paperwork

If you plan to frequently access your stored items as you add, remove or organize them, keep in mind your comfort when working within your storage unit. A pleasant temperature can make the job much easier.

Step 3: Consider the Value of What You Plan to Store

To determine whether the cost is justified, it’s important to assess the value of what you plan to store. Items such as electronics, or equipment that are covered by insurance, and replacing them would mean only an inconvenience, you may decide that a standard storage space is sufficient. If, however; you are storing items from the list above, the additional cost may be insignificant for peace of mind. Generally, items that come from a climate controlled environment are stored in a climate controlled environment and items that are garage kept are stored in standard units.