Don’t Believe These 3 Common Storage Facility Myths

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According to the Self Storage Association, there are 7.3 square feet of storage for every man, woman, and child in the United States. The storage industry is a massive and lucrative one and continues to grow annually — over 50,000 storage facilities exist across the United States.Millions of Americans use some form of storage, whether that be traditional storage units or climate control storage units. They used them to help handle the great many items they might have in their homes. Despite how common it is to use a storage unit, there are quite a few myths that exist about storage units that need to be addressed. Here, we’ll bust some of those pesky myths for you. Myth #1: Storage Units Are for Hoarders Only While some people might think having a storage unit is only something that hoarders do, storage units are often used by a variety of people. Business owners, eBay merchants, college students, and so many more people all rely on these units to store their goods. Sometimes you just need a place to put your belongings because you don’t have enough room yet, and you’re getting a bigger home soon. Myth #2: Storage Units Are too Expensive Pricing on storage units can vary greatly depending on several factors, including the location of the facility. But the most important factor is what kind of storage unit you’re getting. There are self-storage, full-service storage, climate control storage units, and more. Each has its own benefits, and often there are ways to get access to them without breaking the bank. Myth #3: Storage Properties Are Not Secure Safety and security is a priority for storage units, and often a storage unit can be even safer and more secure than using a storage space on your own property. Things like outdoor sheds and street parking can be much less secure than a storage unit. Storage units can also have extra safety measures like electronic gates, fencing, lighting, cameras, and often guards that patrol the premises. Some units even ...

October 12th, 2017

Humidity Can Be Bad For Your Stored Items, Here’s What You Can Do About That

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With the rising demand for storage, and more than 50,000 self-storage facilities already set up in the U.S., you have tons of options to choose from. However, because luxury and antique items often require secure, high quality facilities, climate control storage units are experiencing rapid growth.But are the terms “climate controlled” and “temperature controlled” the same thing? Not quite. Understanding the Difference Between Temperature Control and Climate Control As a storage unit customer, understanding exactly what a climate control storage unit does is important. Temperature control units only manage temperatures; however, a climate control storage unit can manage both temperature and humidity.Both temperature and humidity can work together to control the moisture levels in a storage space. As humidity in the air goes up, so does the ability of air to hold heat. When humidity decreases, it keeps the temperature low.Climate controlled facilities generally use commercial HVAC systems, dehumidifiers, customizable thermostats, and insulation. These things help to keep temperatures and humidity under control at all times. Dehumidifiers are the best at managing humidity over a period of time, but air conditioners are better at dropping humidity levels fast.However, air conditioners have fluctuating temperatures if they’re managing both humidity and temperature, and that can be bad for a storage unit with stricter temperature controls. Dehumidifiers are also more energy efficient when controlling humidity than an air conditioner alone.While there are a variety of ways to manage humidity levels, the most important thing is that the levels are managed 24/7/365. For reference, the average home is between 35-45% humidity, and 55% isn’t uncommon in a typical storage unit. Above 55%, however, your items will begin to suffer damaging effects from high levels of moisture in the air.Keep in mind that it is difficult to achieve 0% humidity, and most items will be fine in 55% relative humidity. What Kind of Storage Do I Need? Before picking a facility, you should consult a professional and have them examine the needs of your items. Expensive tools, electronics, rare ...

July 19th, 2017

How Climate Controlled Storage Units Save Your Valuables

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Storage units are a good investment for any family that has more items than they can fit into their homes, or for anyone who has a lot of personal belongings of great value that don’t belong in a musty basement. Some individuals, like car collectors, will store parts of their collections in storage units to keep them safe and protected from the elements, even if they have garage space to spare.In fact, storage units are used by so many individuals in the United States alone that there are an estimated 58,000 self-storage facilities for collectors to choose from. If you’re looking into renting a storage unit for the first time, you may be considering whether it’s worthwhile to rent climate control storage units.That depends entirely on what exactly you’re hoping to store. A few extra boxes left over from moving day may be able to survive in an uncontrolled environment temporarily, but priceless or valuable possessions need a little more TLC. The Benefits of Climate Controlled Storage Units Climate control storage units keep your items at the perfect temperature. That means they won’t warp, crack, split, or lose color. For items that have a particular value, either monetary or sentimental, that extra protection is essential.These controlled storage centers are also far more secure than your standard self storage unit. Because they’re inside of a secure complex, you don’t have to worry about the elements, thieves, or other hazards. Climate control units aren’t just secure from temperature changes; insulation and sealing ensures a climate controlled area that’s safe from flooding and other natural disasters.Just as importantly, your storage unit will have much better air quality, and thus less dirt to ruin or tarnish your items. Finally, a lack of humidity will keep your items from falling victim to mold, ensuring your items stay in their pristine condition indefinitely. What Items Should Be Stored in Climate Control Storage Units? For the most secure storage, always invest in these specialized storage units. However, certain items must be ...

May 11th, 2017