Find Climate-Controlled Storage Near You
Learn about climate control storage and when you need it for indoor storage—and find climate-controlled storage, air-cooled storage, and heated storage near you!
What Is Climate-Controlled Storage?
Climate-controlled storage units are kept within an average temperature range year-round, helping protect sensitive belongings from extreme heat or cold. At Extra Space Storage, our storage units with climate control typically maintain temperatures between 55 and 80 degrees. These type of indoor storage units generally range in size from 5x5 to 10x30.
Do You Need Climate Controlled Storage?
If you plan to store temperature-sensitive items, you may want to opt for climate-controlled storage, which can help protect stored belongings from extreme heat or cold throughout the year. If you’re not sure whether you need climate control, we’ve put together a video listing some of the basic things you need to consider before choosing a climate-controlled storage unit.
Types of Climate-Controlled Storage
We’ve discussed what basic climate control is, but there are some variations that are available in certain regions. Let’s take a look at the options so you can get the right type of climate or temperature control to fit your self storage needs.
This is by far the most common temperature-controlled storage option. Climate control is typically heated in the winter and cooled during the summer. Though there isn’t humidity control, the majority of climate-controlled units are indoor storage units, located within a building structure at our facilities, so the humidity level is similar to the inside of a house.
In areas that experience extreme cold temperatures, especially in winter—heated storage units are the perfect solution. This feature maintains a safe, warm environment in your indoor storage unit when the temperature drops in your area.
Utilized in states where extreme heat is prominent throughout the year, the difference between climate control and air-cooled storage is that cold air is blown through storage units using water vapor. It’s a highly-effective way to keep indoor storage units at a safe temperature for your belongings, but it might not be the right option if you’re storing items that are sensitive to humidity.
If you're storing delicate items that must be kept within a precise humidity range, humidity-controlled storage is what you’re looking for. Give our team a call at (888) 609-8483 to help find humidity-controlled storage near you.
THE BENEFITS OF CLIMATE CONTROL
There are many benefits to renting one of our secure, climate-controlled storage units—including protection from a variety of climates, better longevity for your items, and increased peace of mind. Keep in mind that climate-controlled storage may come with added costs, so reach out to a storage facility near you to find affordable storage units with climate control.
Protection from External Weather Conditions
Whether it’s 100-degree heat or below-freezing cold, extreme temperature changes can severely damage sensitive items kept in a non-regulated environment. Temperature-controlled storage is a great option for storing and protecting a personal car or recreation vehicle over the winter.
Personal Comfort & Peace of Mind
A climate-controlled unit doesn’t just provide a protective environment for your belongings—it also makes visiting your storage unit on hot and cold days more comfortable. And since most storage units with climate control are accessed from inside a storage facility rather than outside, there’s another layer of privacy and safety for you and your stored items.
Prevents Costly Damage to Your Belongings
Though climate-controlled storage units cost more than standard units, the money you’ll save on replacing or repairing damaged items is invaluable. Climate control can do a variety of things, such as: keep wooden items from warping or tearing, ward off mildew, prevent yellowing or degradation of leather and fabrics, reduce chances of rust or corrosion, and protect electrical components of electronic devices.
UNDERSTANDING THE TYPES OF CLIMATE-CONTROLLED STORAGE
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR ITEMS FOR CLIMATE CONTROL
Ready to use climate-controlled storage? The following steps will help you reap the full benefits of climate control and ensure you’ve maximized your self storage investment.
1. Figure Out What Items You’ll Be Storing
Make a list of the items you'll be putting into self storage, categorize into groups to store similar items together, and measure your items to ensure they will fit in your storage unit.
2. Start Organizing the Items
Get Extra Space Storage packing and moving supplies and start organizing your items and labeling your boxes. Check out our storage unit size guide for an idea of how to visualize and organize your items within your indoor storage unit.
3. Pack Items with Intention
Wrap fragile belongings in bubble wrap or newspaper, keep like items together, and disassemble furniture and other large items with care for a smoother move-in process.
4. Move Items to Climate-Controlled Storage
Check with the manager at your storage facility for gate hours and item restrictions, and begin moving your items into climate-controlled storage unit!
Items That Need Climate Control
There are several types of items that require climate-controlled storage, such as electronics, furniture, artwork, books, and more. Check out the list below to learn more!
Avoid exposure to extreme heat, cold, and high humidity when storing electronics and media like TVs, computers, gaming systems, stereos, and cameras. This will help prevent heat-related damage.
When storing furniture, use climate-controlled storage to help protect wooden, leather, and upholstered furniture from warping, cracking, or collecting mold and mildew.
Books & Newspapers
When storing books and newspapers, avoid extended exposure to humidity and extreme temperatures, which can fade and warp them.
Extra Space Storage offers wine storage at select locations. Wine requires very specific conditions that differ from typical climate control.
Likewise, DVDs, records, and other media are susceptible to humidity damage and certain items can even melt in extreme heat. Items that can benefit from climate control also include cassettes, VHS tapes, photos, film reels and negatives.
If your area experiences high humidity or extreme temperatures, opt for climate control when storing artwork and antiques.
Storing musical instruments like percussion, string, or bass instruments in a climate-controlled environment can help preserve them from humidity and temperature-related damage.
Most collectible items, including antiques, artwork, coin collections, stamp collections, and more should be kept in stable, ideal storage conditions.
Regions Where Climate Control is Recommended
Where you’re storing your belongings matters when determining how important climate-controlled storage is for you. Let’s take a look at which areas of the country experience potentially damaging weather conditions.
If you live in an area that experiences extreme heat and will be using storage during the summer months, we highly recommend climate-controlled storage or air-cooled storage. Extreme heat is especially frequent in the Southern United States, including Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and Arizona.
In cold temperatures, items like wooden furniture will shrink and potentially crack, any items that retain moisture can potentially freeze, and several other items can lose quality over time. Strongly consider climate-controlled storage or heated storage in regions where extreme cold is frequent, such as the Midwest, Northern United States, and mountainous regions.
Humidity can be especially troublesome for items like electronics, artwork, photos, books, and more. Consider climate control or humidity-controlled storage if you live in regions with extreme humidity, especially in states in the Deep South like Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama.
Frequently Asked Questions of Climate-Controlled Storage
Can you control the temperature in a climate-controlled unit?
Is climate-controlled storage more expensive?
Is climate control worth it?
How hot do storage units get?
What are the pros and cons of climate control?
Do drive-up storage units have climate control?
Do climate-controlled storage units have 24-hour access?
Climate Controlled Storage Pricing Comparison
Looking for cheap climate-controlled storage units? Check out our price chart below to get an idea of the average prices and lowest prices for climate control at Extra Space Storage!
+ All prices are for reference only and are subject to change without notice. Online pricing is only available for online reservations and rentals. Other restrictions, taxes, fees, and insurance requirements may apply. See Rental Agreement for details.
*Excludes administrative and insurance fees
TIPS & RESOURCES FOR CLIMATE CONTROL
Find out which factors you need to consider when choosing a storage unit!
Sign up for storage insurance to protect the value of your belongings from the unexpected!
Renting a storage unit is easy! Double check what you need before you reserve self storage!
Learn how to maximize space in your storage unit plus tips for keeping it organized.
Learn more about the benefits of indoor or interior access storage units.
No matter the type of unit, make sure you find the right storage unit size for your needs!
Is convenient access to load and unload your belongings a priority? Learn more about drive-up access and its benefits.
Rent Secure Climate-Controlled Storage Near You!
Ready to rent one of our indoor climate-controlled storage units? Extra Space Storage has a variety of affordable self storage facilities across the nation, providing the secure self storage you need.