There comes a time (or several times) in most peoples’ lives when moving to a new home needs to happen. Whether you’re buying your first home, selling your existing home, moving across Idaho county lines or in from out of state, chances are you have belongings that need temporary storage. Particularly for those who are in a transitional stage, storage becomes the most logical solution while in between homes—or while deciding which items stay and which items go.
Let’s take a look at climate controlled storage: whether you may need a climate controlled rather than non-climate controlled unit, what type of items require climate control, the costs associated with storage, and why location matters when it comes to using a storage facility.
What is Climate Controlled Storage?
Climate controlled storage provides an extra layer of security to an already highly secure environment. Storage facilities offer convenient, temporary self storage units for everyday people to store their personal and household belongings. A few of the benefits of a self storage facility include twenty-four hour a day access, gated fences, security cameras, and constant digital video surveillance.
With climate controlled storage, individual storage units are carefully controlled for maintaining consistent, optimal temperatures—regardless of the weather fluctuations outdoors.
Think of it this way: you would expect your possessions to be happiest at a similar temperature to what you keep at home. Whether you need to store your items temporarily or more long-term, why risk their condition and store them in anything less than what you’d do at home?
Do I Really Need a Climate Controlled Unit?
The climate in the Treasure Valley can fluctuate wildly at times. With all full four seasons on beautiful display each year, residents of Boise, Meridian, and surrounding communities rely on stable indoor environments. When it comes to needing the services of a storage facility, it stands to reason that you may wonder if climate control is truly worth it. We get that! Still, while your couch may not be quite as sensitive to cold snaps as a hot house plant, it also requires a certain level of maintenance.
Let’s break down some reasons why a climate controlled unit is the best option for your self storage needs:
- Protecting items from humidity
- Preventing mold and mildew from taking hold
- Protecting sensitive items like electronics from freezing or overheating
- Discouraging warping wood, paper, etc due to temperature fluctuations
- Discouraging pests from proliferating in your belongings
- Preventing rust and corrosion of metal items
- Preventing discoloration and yellowing of fabrics
- Discouraging musty odors in clothing and linens
- Providing you physical comfort while visit your storage unit
- Offering you peace of mind knowing your items are at least as safe as they’d be at home
In addition to the reasons above, most climate controlled storage units offer even more security than non-climate controlled storage units. Why is this? Climate controlled units are often housed inside larger buildings, and, due to their higher maintenance needs, receive even more monitoring and surveillance than non-climate controlled facilities.
What Should Be Stored in Climate Controlled Units?
Most personal and household items can and should be stored in climate controlled units. This list could span many pages long, so let’s just stick to the main categories.
These are the main types of items that can most benefit from the advantages that climate control provides:
- Electronics and home appliances
- Furniture and decor
- Rugs and spare carpeting
- Curtains and rods
- Linens like towels, sheets, and blankets
- Artwork, vintage items, and antiques
- Art supplies
- Clothing and shoes
- Makeup and toiletries
- Photos and other mementos
- Collectibles (this is where beverages get an exception, as unopened collectible wine bottles can benefit from climate controlled storage)
- Books and documents
- Musical instruments
- Toys (you can even hide Christmas gifts from prying eyes in storage!)
- Tools and equipment
- Home business inventor
However, there are some items that shouldn't be stored in one, but only because they don't belong in storage units, period.
Items that should not be stored in a self storage unit (climate controlled or otherwise) include:
- Plants and animals
- Food and pantry items
- Gasoline, propane, kerosene, fireworks, and other potentially hazardous materials
- Illegals such as narcotics and illegal weapons
- You (that should be obvious, but storage units are not suitable, safe, or legal for habitation by any living things, people included)
If you can name it and it's not part of the off limits list, then chances are you can store it if it fits!
Cost of Climate Controlled Units
With all of the advantages and benefits of climate controlled units in mind, you may be wondering about the costs involved. The upfront cost of our climate controlled units may begin at 10 percent or more above non-climate controlled units. Some facilities may charge upwards of a 20 to 50 percent increase for climate control.
The bottom line? If you have any sensitive items or require storage for longer than a month or two, then the long term benefits of preventing damage to your stored belongings will more than make up for the slight increase in upfront cost.
Location Matters if you’re Moving or Storing in the Boise/Meridian/Treasure Valley Area
Whether you’re moving to the Boise area or just storing extra items to make space at home, a storage facility offers an affordable, convenient, highly secure option for holding your furniture and household items. Climate controlled storage units offer a much deeper level of protection for your more sensitive belongings - a necessity in the intense and frequently changing climate of Idaho.
If you’re moving to the Treasure Valley area, Premier Storage offers ease of access, located on Eagle Road—right in the heart of the growing communities surrounding Boise and the Treasure Valley. Get in touch with our friendly customer service specialists to discuss your climate controlled storage needs today!