When Is A Climate Controlled Storage Unit Necessary?
Climate controlled storage units have saved a lot of people a lot of headaches by protecting valuable and sensitive items from harsh and unforgiving climates and inclement weather. A storage unit, while helpful, might end up doing more harm than good if you are putting items in that require extra care and consideration, without the necessary precautions. Below are some items for which you should consider investing in a unit with climate control.
Wood furniture (especially anything antique) certainly needs some added protection. If you leave wood furniture in a unit that is not climate controlled, over time the wood can rot, warp, break, and basically become completely unusable. Climate control is all the more necessary when you are storing antiques that are one-of-a-kind, or have been in your family for generations.
Leather is a material that will certainly succumb to the elements if not stored in the proper climatic conditions. Leather is even more temperature sensitive than wood because it is prone to damage when it is both too hot and too cold. Swings in temperature can end up cracking leather, or causing it to change colour. Leather is not cheap, so it is worthwhile to invest in a storage unit where you can keep the temperature stable.
Most people are aware of the unique storage needs of electronics, but just in case, it is worth repeating that they are probably the one thing you truly don't want to risk storing without climate control. That brand new LCD TV that you got as a gift, but don't know what to do with yet, after 6 months in a self storage unit that is subject to the elements, might end up being unusable.
Books (and any paper products really) are another item that you can't really afford to store without climate control, because they are almost guaranteed to become damaged and unreadable if left to forces of heat and humidity. Not only the pages, but the book bindings themselves quickly fall victim to humidity. If you are storing books (especially originals or first editions), climate control is really a must.
While not everything that goes into your storage unit is going to require climate control, you will probably have a mix of items that do and don't. Better to play it safe and invest in a unit that comes with the option than take your chances and go without it.