Climate Controlled or Non Climate Controlled

June 1, 2010

Climate Controlled or Non Climate Controlled?..That Is The Question.

Have you ever wondered what to do with all “that stuff”?  You know “that stuff”; “that stuff” that you don’t have space for, but “that stuff” that you can’t throw away.  I am so glad to report to you that there is a solution; Self Storage!

Self Storage has truly become a permanent fixture of the American landscape.  We invented the mini warehouse, but other countries have followed suit.  We still have the most units and facilities of any country in the world.  What this means to you is that it is easy to find a little extra space for your things you need out of your home close to your home.  

Self Storage is a simple yet wonderful concept that allows us to find that extra space, add that extra room, or build on that extra attic without incurring the cost or having to endure the weeks or months of construction. 

There are very few questions you have to ask when choosing the right storage unit for you.  Some of them may be…

  • Where is the closest and most convenient facility to my home?
  • What size unit will I need for my belongings?
  • How much will this cost?

I put that last question in all capitals because it is the most important question you will ask before settling on a self storage unit.  I live in South Louisiana; here, even things you wouldn’t suspect might be affected by inclement weather will warp, weaken or wither.  The climate in South Louisiana is so humid that most newly constructedLouisiana self storage facilities are completely climate controlled. 

Conversely, it is very difficult to find available climate controlled San Diego self storage units.  Many of the facilities have climate controlled units, but it is not the main concentration in that region.  The same is true of much of Nevada self storageArizona Self Storage, and New Mexico self storage.  Simply stated, the region in which you live is the greatest determinant in the decision between climate controlled and non climate controlled. 

Climate conditions can inflict costly damage on certain items. The reason is something known as “biological contaminants”.  Things like mold, mildew, dust mites, bacteria; even viruses can ruin your valuables.  We have all heard the horror stories of family’s lives being uprooted by remediation after a black mold infestation. 

It takes just a few small spores to start such an infestation.  All that it takes to promote the growth of mold is a relative humidity (RH) of greater than 55%.  Although relative humidity remains fairly consistent outdoors, it dramatically fluctuates inside because of synthetic heating and cooling (i.e. sun shining on the rooftop of a non climate controlled self storage unit raising the temperature artificially inside the unit). 

If mold spores take up residence in your belongings, they will then break down the material from which your things are made to obtain nutrition.  Black mold and other fungi produce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) during this process. If you have ever wondered where that “musty” smell came from, it is the VOCs.  The last thing you want when reintroducing a piece of furniture back into your home is musty smelling furniture full of mold spores.  Of course mold and fungi only flourish on organic materials.  Metals, oils, concrete and linoleum (just to name a few) are all safe from mold. 

Prolonged exposure to high levels of VOCs may irritate the mucous membranes and the central nervous system.  After exposure you may experience allergic reactions, respiratory infections, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, decreased attention span and throbbing headaches.  

So the first question you need to ask yourself is “what am I storing?” and then “where am I storing?”  The answers to these two questions will determine whether or not you require climate controlled storage

What am I storing?

Just remember, if you are storing things of an organic make up there is a possibility that it will succumb to degradation.  Things like clothing and fabric are hotbeds of activity for mold and mildew. 

Artwork or books not only grow mold, but they will soon rot if subjected to long term humidity. 

Wood furniture is incredibly durable, but it is no match for prolonged exposure to excessive dryness, humidity, and excessively cold weather. 

Antiques will quickly wither, warp, split and crack (depending on the environment), and what was once a valuable family heirloom is now reduced to kindling. 

Lastly, even though electronics are mostly metal the intricate innards of your equipment will degrade if exposed to high humidity.   

If you are storing cars, trucks, tools, lawn equipment, etc…you will be OK with a non climate controlled unit even if you are looking for Houston self storage (another incredibly humid environment). 

When in doubt, you can rest assured that storing your items in a climate-controlled self storage unit will deter mold and mildew from destroying your valuables.  Temperatures should range from 58-80 degrees in these units.  Make sure that when you rent from a facility you check with the facility that their temperatures remain constant and don’t fluctuate more than 5 to 10 degrees (Fahrenheit) at a time.  These facilities that offer climate controlled units usually maintain the temperature by indirect heat, rather than air conditioners or heaters in each unit.  This allows them to maintain even temperatures throughout the facility. 

Generally speaking, there is an extra expense for renting a climate controlled unit.  But anyone searching for self storage San Antonio, TX, or self storage Mobile, AL on Google will find it is always worth the investment. 

If you are in need of the perfect storage unit in which to store your valuables, go to and shop every self storage facility in the U.S.  You will always know you are getting the best price, because you get to pick what you want to pay at

Brandon Braud

President of Sales and Marketing

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