Climate controlled storage units are typically 25% more expensive than standard units of the same size. For example, a regular 5 ft x 5 ft unit in Pond Springs Mini Storage is $55 a month while a climate-controlled one is $70 a month. However, the price difference may be worth it. Deciding to get a climate-controlled until will depend on many circumstances.
1. The items are irreplaceable or expensive.
The added expense of the climate-controlled unit may be a pittance compared to how much your item will depreciate if not store properly. Wood and leather, for example, can warp, crack or discolor with changes in temperature. If your $5,000 antique table warps because of humidity, it can reduce the value to less than $1,000. However, if your items have no intrinsic value, then it may not be worth the cost of a climate controlled unit.
2. You need to store them for a long time.
Since the main problem with temperature-related damage is over time, you won’t need a climate-controlled unit if you only intend to store your items for a couple of months. A good example is when transferring to another home. There may be instances when certain portions of the home is not yet ready, in which case you can store the intended furniture temporarily.
3. There is high humidity and/or extreme climate conditions in the area
Some regions have low humidity and more or less even temperatures the whole year round. In such cases, you probably don’t have to worry about temperature-related damage to your stored items. In Austin, however, where it gets really hot in the summer with high humidity, you will want a climate controlled unit. Also keep in mind the threat of flood water which can find its way into storage.
Whatever you decide, make sure that you check the unit first and get details about how the storage company intends to control the climate. Since you are paying a premium for it, you have the right to know if you will be getting what you paid for.Learn More