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When to Use Climate-Controlled Storage Units

Moving expenses can add up quickly. That’s why it’s important to not only declutter and toss out unwanted items, but to also secure the items you’d want to hold on to. Before sending your belongings to a self-storage unit for an additional cost, consider which items need climate control protection.

Storage rooms are often hot and humid in the summer, and in the winter can drop to freezing conditions. So although climate-controlled storage units cost more, they can be a worthy investment. Typically, the temperature will remain stagnant at between 55 degrees and 85 degrees and are more common with indoor storage units.

When considering a climate-controlled unit, ask yourself some of the following questions:

Below is a list of items that need to be stored in a temperature-friendly unit to avoid damage.

Photos & Documents

The ideal condition for storing photos is in moderate temperatures (between 65 to 70 degrees) and around 50% humidity. Try to keep your photos separated by maintaining a sheet of acid-free paper between each picture. Storage boxes of archival quality can be purchased at craft and photography stores to protect your photos from light, dust, first and pests.


Entertainment equipment and household appliances can be severely damaged in extreme climates. Heat and humidity can cause internal parts to rust, while freezing temperatures can cause cracks and ruin battery life.

Antiques & Collectibles

Things of monetary or sentimental value, as well as items that are antique, irreplaceable, or part of a collection, are all best stored in climate controlled units. They’d be protected from rust, humidity and cracking from freezing temperatures.

Wood Furniture

Wood can swell up in the summer and shrink in the winter, and this constant swelling and shrinking can damage your wooden items. Do not use outdoor units if you have valuables made of wood.

Long-term Storage

You’d also want to consider climate-controlled storage if you’re planning on storing your belongings long term. Remember that the seasons change in the northeast so if you store your items in August, the temperatures will decrease dramatically by November.