What do you need to know about summertime self-storage? From climate-controlled storage units to the best ways to pack your for-storage selections, take a look at the top questions that can help you to keep your belongings safe during the warmer weather. 

What Are Climate Controlled Self-Storage Units?

A climate-controlled unit is exactly what the name says—a storage unit that controls the interior climate. But this doesn't mean you (as the customer) can set the temperature or humidity level to any number you want. Instead, most climate-controlled rentals have a medium type of setting that the rental facility controls.

Instead of freezing AC temperatures in the summer, the facility will keep the units at a stable, not-too-cold, not-too-hot setting during the warmer months of the year. This creates the ideal environment for anything that is temperature-sensitive. You won't need to worry about damage related to hot summer temperatures—and you also won't need to stress over the potentially problematic effects that could result from chilly air-conditioned air.

Is Temperature the Only Factor To Consider With Summer-Time Storage?

Even though temperature is a major factor, it isn't the only one. The climate controls in a storage rental do more than create a middle-of-the-range temperature. These controls also help to keep humidity at a stable level.

The summer-time heat also often comes with high humidity levels. Excess moisture in the air increases the overall humidity level. This can lead to condensation and water damage issues in a storage unit without climate controls. A climate-controlled storage facility also sets the humidity level to create an even type of moisture level. The result is indoor air that won't create a water damage risk or dry out your sensitive items.

How Should You Store Items In the Summer Weather?

The answer to this question depends on what you need to store. Some storage selections aren't temperature or moisture-sensitive. You can pack these picks into cardboard boxes, plastic bins, or bags without much cause for concern.

But items that are sensitive to the interior environment (such as electronics, musical instruments, wooden furniture, or leather clothing) need special attention. Even though the climate controls will help to reduce the risks of high heat and moisture, you also need to choose a safe packing strategy.

Start with completely dry items. If you wash your for-storage picks before you pack, make sure to dry everything completely. Avoid plastic wraps or tight-fitting plastic containers. These could potentially trap moisture. Consider the addition of desiccant packs in your storage unit. These packs attract excess moisture and help to combat high humidity in storage. 

For more information about climate-controlled storage units, contact a local company.