Most people think that using a self-storage unit will immediately get you an inside or drive-up outside unit based on their needs. Most people also think that you automatically get a climate-controlled unit, not understanding there are a number of different types available. So, the real question is, what exactly is a climate-controlled unit and how can it help me? Climate-controlled units are not perfectly degreed units that keep everything at one temperature. To be truthful, most climate-controlled units run between 50 and 80 degrees consistently. No matter what month you are in, your unit will be the same temperature, which is a good thing. You never have to worry about whether or not your items will be damaged due to being too hot or too cold. This also helps to prevent warping, mold or mildew.
The best items for a climate-controlled unit are antiques, wood or leather furniture pieces, electronics (including televisions and computers), vinyl record collections, CD collections, photographs, books, instruments and documents, whether they are personal or business. Of course, there are other uses, but these are major items that won’t lose their preservation with a unit of this type.
When you use a climate-controlled unit, it is still important to make sure you have your items secured in boxes or containers. Why? First, having an organized unit will allow you to have easier access in finding things that you need. Second, you won’t have to fight through tons of stuff if your things are properly labeled. Having a system in place is a great thing. Most moving companies and self-storage facilities give good advice in structuring your unit. If you place your items in a “U” shape based on category, you’ll have great success. It’s like shopping in a mall, only with your own belongings and your own unit.
When putting together your plan, think about your documents. Do you want records or computer equipment all the way in the back? Absolutely not. You’ll want to place those items closer to the front of your unit. Furniture and heavy items should go in the back. Keep in mind that the top of the unit is usually vented with wire, to ensure your items receive proper ventilation. Beyond, quick and convenient access, around-the-clock security, and well-lit environments, you’ll have peace of mind.
You would be surprised how many customers use climate-controlled units due to the fluctuations in temperature at their homes or in their garages. By strategizing on what is being stored, you can assure your heirlooms or antiques will be in tip-top shape until you can find other alternatives.
Knowing how to effectively use an item or self-storage unit will help you get the most return on your investment. Staying within your budget is important. Make sure you get a facility that has a good track record and check for any leaks within the facility prior to securing your space. These tips will put you in the driver’s seat and keep your belongings intact.