If the accumulated items in your home have taken up all the space, there's cause for alarm. The best option is to hire a self-storage unit and store the excess stuff. But first, you need to determine whether you need climate-controlled storage or just basic self-storage. Here are some questions to guide you in decision-making.
Can Extreme Temperatures Damage My Items?
The nature of your items determines whether you need climate-controlled storage units or not. There are temperature-sensitive items like wood furniture, art and antiques, electronics, musical instruments, cosmetics, and documents, etc. Climate-controlled storage units provide constant temperatures, so such items remain protected.
If you're storing your items for an extended period, you also need to consider temperature variations in your judgment. Typically, temperatures can rise over 100 degrees during summers and fall below freezing points during winter.
Can Humidity Damage My Items?
Most of the items affected by extreme temperatures can also get damaged by excess humidity. Furniture items will absorb moisture and swell if there are high humidity levels in the air. Once the air dries up, they will lose moisture and shrink. In the end, this excessive swelling and shrinking will cause splitting or cracks. Electrical items can also suffer corrosion, while the ink on documents and books can fade away with high humidity.
Don't hesitate to seek climate-controlled storage units if there is a slight chance that humidity would destroy your items. Climate-controlled units maintain humidity levels at 55% or below, eliminating any form of damage to your valuables.
Can Pests, Insects, and Rodents Destroy My Valuables?
If pests have ever infested your home, you know the extent of damage these creatures can cause. Think of what termites can do to your furniture items, or what rodents can do to your clothes, documents, or books.
Climate-controlled units have specially sealed doors that cannot allow the entry of any pest. The walls, floors, and roofs are also insulated to eliminate the risk of pests, insects, and rodents entering and destroying your valuables.
Do I Need a Unit with Superior Air Quality?
Good air quality is necessary if you're one of those people who cannot stand stale odors, or your items would be affected by dust particles. The complete sealing of climate-controlled units means they are free from natural elements, including dust. They are also fitted with internal equipment to regulate air quality. You don't have to open your storage unit weekly for air circulation.