If you use self storage to help with spring cleaning or to prepare for moving day, you know how helpful the extra space can be. However, you may not realize that some of your items need special care and may even be damaged if kept in a standard storage container. For these items, you should definitely look into climate controlled storage.

What Is Climate Controlled Storage?

Climate controlled storage is a type of storage where the temperature and often the humidity levels are regulated. Usually, the temperatures in a climate controlled storage unit range from about 50˚F to 80˚F, thus avoiding a wide swing in temperatures. Every company is different, so consult with your company to see what its regulations are. You’ll also want to see if they have a generator in case of an electrical outage.

Items That Need Climate Controlled Storage

  • Artwork, books, and other paper items: Paper items are subject to paper rot when they are constantly exposed to ranges in temperatures. Mold and mildew can also be a problem for paper in temperature extremes.
  • Clothing and fabric: Mold and mildew will often grow in clothing and other textiles that are not stored properly. Be sure that you wash and thoroughly dry your clothing before packing it for storage. Dirty or damp clothing is a magnet for mold, mildew, and bacteria and viruses. Furs usually need to be stored in a cooler location.
  • Electronics: Moisture and cold can damage or ruin electronics. Temperature controlled storage is a must for them.
  • Upholstered items and wood furniture: Wood furniture is subject to extremes in temperatures; antiques are especially vulnerable. If it’s too dry, the wood will dry out; too wet and the wood will swell and possibly mold or rot. Upholstery is a type of fabric, so these items have the same issues, as do clothing and fabric.
  • Musical Instruments: Some musical instruments can be seriously damaged or ruined by temperature extremes. Be sure you check with the instrument’s manufacturer for storage recommendations.

Self storage can be a lifesaver when it comes to a cluttered home, but it is important to choose the correct type of storage for your belongings. If you are storing any of the items listed above, contact Freedom Storage Rentals and ask us about our climate controlled storage options. Located in central PA, you can contact us at 800-474-8110, or stop by one of our four convenient storage facilities in Hollidaysburg, East Freedom, Bellwood, or Ebensburg.