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Climate Control: Protect Sensitive Items in Self Storage

Are you worried about extreme temperatures damaging your delicate or valuable items in self storage? With climate control, you can get peace of mind that your belongings are well-protected.

What Is Climate-Controlled Storage?

When a storage facility offers storage units with climate control, this means that the unit maintains a storage environment between the temperatures of 55 and 80 degrees at all times of the year. These units are typically available with enclosed, indoor access to ensure the utmost protection from the elements.

What Are the Benefits of 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. With indoor storage that’s climate-controlled, your items are better protected from these extreme conditions.

Prevents Costly Damage to Your Belongings

Even though climate-controlled storage units cost more than standard storage units, the money you’ll save on replacing or repairing damaged items is invaluable. Climate control can do the following:

  • Keep wooden items from warping, cracking, or tearing
  • Prevent yellowing or degradation of leather and fabrics
  • Ward off mildew, mold, and pests
  • Reduce chances of rust, corrosion, and weakening with metal items
  • Protect electrical components of electronic devices

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. In addition, because most storage units with climate control are located inside a storage facility (rather than accessible outdoors), there’s another layer of privacy and safety for you and your stored items.

Do You Need Climate Control?

Whether or not you need self storage with climate control depends a lot on where you live in the country. If you live in a region that experiences all four seasons or a region that sees temperatures drop below 32 degrees or rise above 80 degrees, you may want to consider climate control.

Take a look at our interactive map to discover which U.S. regions need climate control the most!

Items that Need Climate-Controlled Storage


  • Antiques
  • Artwork (e.g., paintings, sculptures, etc.)
  • Classic cars
  • Coin collections
  • Stamp collections
  • Record collections
  • Wine and spirits


  • Hard drives
  • Cameras
  • Computers and laptops
  • TVs
  • Gaming systems
  • Phones
  • Portable music devices
  • Stereos
  • Speakers

Household & Personal Items

  • Appliances
  • Books
  • Clothing
  • Family heirlooms
  • Personal records (e.g., birth certificates, marriage licenses, etc.)


  • Cassettes
  • CDs
  • DVDs and Blu-Ray
  • Film reels
  • Negatives
  • Photos and albums

Sensitive Materials

  • Leather
  • Upholstery
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Plastics

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

Developing a plan for how you’ll store your sensitive items will make getting them into a self storage unit much easier. Start by making a list of what items you will be putting away. Be sure to categorize the items into groups so you can store similar items together. Don’t forget to measure everything! There’s only so much room in your storage unit, so you want to make sure you’re utilizing your space effectively.

2. Start Organizing the Items

Before you move items to storage, you need the right materials to keep everything organized. Get packing materials like boxes and containers, as well as bubble wrap, newspaper, and blankets to protect the items you place in storage containers. Extra Space Storage even offers packing and moving supplies.

One storage organization tip we highly recommend is to label each box or container to save yourself some time whenever you visit your storage unit to find specific items. In addition, it’s a good idea to create a diagram of your storage unit to get a better sense of where certain items will go. Check out our size guide for an idea of how to visualize and organize your items within your unit.

3. Pack Items with Intention

Once you know what will go were, it’s time to pack! Keep like items together and pack them with as little wiggle room as possible to minimize damage while moving. Be sure to use bubble wrap or newspaper to provide your delicate belongings with a protective layer that prevents dust from collecting or scratches from other items in the box or container. Also, if any items come apart or have little pieces like nuts and bolts, place those in a small baggie that you can attach to the item or within the same storage container.

4. Move Items to Climate-Controlled Storage

Before heading to the self storage facility, double-check with the facility manager what the gate hours are and if there are any restrictions on what can be stored. If everything is ready to go, take the diagram of your storage unit and begin putting things away. Raise furniture or place it up against a wall and get important items off of the floor so they don’t get damaged by unforeseen circumstances.

Finding storage units with climate control nearby is easy with Extra Space Storage. Search for self storage in your city, and rent the climate-controlled unit that fits your needs today!

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Extra Space Storage Inc., headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, owns and/or operates over 1,600 self-storage properties in 35 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The Company's properties comprise approximately 750,000 units and over 80 million square feet of rentable storage space, offering customers a wide selection of affordable and conveniently located and secure storage solutions across the country, including personal storage, boat storage, RV storage and business storage. We are committed to being the most convenient, secure and professional storage solution in your neighborhood. And it is this commitment which has allowed Extra Space Storage to become the second largest storage units operator in the U.S. with over 1,600 properties across the country.