Why should you choose a climate controlled self storage unit to keep heirlooms, antiques, and family photos safe? These are more than just items to store—they are part of your family's history. Before you rent a self storage unit, take a look at what you need to know about climate controls and these precious (and sometimes financially valuable) keepsakes.
What Is Climate Controlled Storage?
Climate controlled storage doesn't mean that you will control the interior climate of the individual storage unit. Instead, these units are set to a medium temperature and humidity level. Unlike your home, you can't bump up or turn down the thermostat. But this shouldn't stop you from renting a unit with climate controls.
These units have the ideal indoor air temperature and moisture level to store some types of sensitive items. You won't need to worry about the interior air getting too hot, too cold, too dry, or too humid. This type of mid-range temperature and moisture level reduces the risks of warping, rotting, cracking, discoloration, mold growth, and similar types of damage in storage.
Which Family Heirlooms Should You Store In A Climate Controlled Unit?
You may want to store every antique or heirloom in a climate controlled unit. There is no downside to this type of storage. Even items that aren't temperature or humidity-sensitive can go into a climate controlled rental.
While almost anything that you would normally store can benefit from climate controls, some need a near-constant temperature or humidity level. Artworks (such as paintings, drawings on paper, collages on paper, and sculptures), antique jewelry, antique furniture made from delicate fabrics, wood, or leather, photographs, and important family documents are examples of heirlooms that require climate controls.
Is Climate Controlled Storage Better Than At-Home Storage?
The answer to this question depends on where you store your family's keepsakes or heirlooms. If the only space you have to store your great-grandmother's wooden dining room table set, generations of family portraits, or your grandparents' photographs is an unheated/un-air conditioned attic, basement, crawl space, or garage, climate controlled off-site storage is preferable.
Even though most of your home's interior remains temperate year-round, these spaces won't. Summer-time heat and humidity could discolor photographs or warp furniture and winter-time dryness could cause wooden artwork to crack.
Along with the climate controls, a storage unit rental provides a safe, secure, sun-free area to hold your family's precious memories. Home spaces, such as attics or garages, may let light in. The sun's UV and infrared rays can damage photos, artwork, and documents. At-home light exposure can result in permanent yellowing and fading, or cause the items to become brittle and break.
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About a year ago, I realized that my house was too jam packed with items. I was tired of dealing with the crowded space, so I decided to rent a storage facility to improve things. When I moved things out of the house, it was amazing to see how much more light and airy the space felt. Overnight, I felt invigorated and excited about my home. This blog is all about storing furniture to free up space at home, and learning how to store things in your storage unit the right way. You never know, you might be able to free up some space in your house, without compromising the integrity of your belongings.