At some point, many of us find that we don’t have enough storage space in our houses. Whether we are clearing out an office to make room for a new baby, moving to a new home, or completing an extensive remodel, the most logical way to free up space is to rent a storage unit. But should you spend the extra money on a climate-controlled storage unit?
What Does Climate-Controlled Mean?
When referring to a storage unit, climate-controlled means pretty much the same thing it does at home. The space is located in the interior of the building, and it is typically kept no higher than 85° and no lower than 55°. This is to prevent things like melted plastic or damage from ice crystals. The latter is especially important in Lanham, MD, where temperatures can plummet well below freezing about half the year.
How Do I Know If I Need A Climate-Controlled Storage Unit?
Before you decide, there are three questions to ask yourself:
- In what part of the country will your items be stored?
- What are you keeping?
- How long do you anticipate items to be in storage?
The vast majority of the country experiences drastic temperature swings that can put your personal belongings at risk. A good rule of thumb here is that a climate-controlled storage unit is a smart move if it will get above 90° or less than 32°. You also have to think about what, exactly, these belongings are. Wood, electronics, certain fabrics, metal, old photographs, and even wine are all extremely sensitive to heat, cold, and humidity.
For the most part, most things can handle a few weeks or a month in a non-climate-controlled storage unit. But, if you do not know when you can access your stuff, have items that will be stored year-round, or that have a high sentimental value, then it might be in your best interest to seek out an interior unit.
Ultimately, the decision to choose a climate-controlled storage unit comes down to budget and the value, either sentimental or financial, of the items you must store. Feel free to contact one of our knowledgeable experts if you have questions or are unsure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do all facilities have temperature-regulated storage units?
Not all, but most. The climate-controlled storage units in our Lanham facility are located on the interior of the building. Storage companies that only have units with exterior access likely do not offer climate control.
Is it more expensive to rent an interior unit?
In short, yes. You can expect to spend anywhere from 20% up to 75% more for something with access to an HVAC unit and ventilation. This is because of high demand along with the cost of heating and cooling the unit.
Can I choose the temperature of my unit?
No. They do not come with personal controls.
What size are units available at SecureSpace’s Lanham location?
This facility has units that start at 4’ x 5’ and go all the way to 10’ x 20’. Many climate-controlled units are located on the first floor for easy access.
Do you need a climate-controlled storage unit? Visit SecureSpace in Lanham, MD. Our friendly staff can help you reserve a unit and choose exactly the right size for your needs, so you aren’t overspending.