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Climate Controlled Storage - When is it Needed?


Climate-controlled self-storage provides regulated temperatures for storage units that hold people's belongings.

For example, suppose you're storing plastic, and the temperature exceeds 100 degrees as it sometimes does during our El Dorado Hills summers. In that case, the heat can melt your plastics. The heat can also damage your furniture.

The temperature in a climate-controlled storage unit generally ranges from 75-85 degrees.

What is the difference between climate-controlled and non-climate-controlled storage units?

  • Most climate-controlled storage units are indoors. Indoor storage facilities keep the storage units away from the effects of water damage from rain, snow, sleet, and hail.

  • Mold and mildew are rarely an issue with climate-controlled units.

  • Most storage facilities that offer climate control are cleaner than outdoor facilities.

  • Suppose the storage complex is in a region with wide seasonal temperature swings. In that case, you should consider upgrading to climate control.

  • If looking for a specific temperature to store your items, it's best to contact the storage facility to find out whether they can meet your needs.

Half Heat Damaged Leather Chair

What items should you store in a climate-controlled environment?

  • Wooden furniture that can warp or crack

  • Leather furniture & leather clothing

  • Other items containing leather

  • Paper documents and books

  • Musical instruments for which changes in temperature or humidity can damage

  • Paintings and photos

Climate-controlled storage is the best option if you're storing items that mean a lot to you.


What about wine?


Wine needs to be stored at even lower temperatures than other items. Sustained temperatures of over 70 degrees can degrade red wine.

We recommend that you look into how extreme and varying temperatures affect the items you want to store.

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