You might not believe it, but one storage unit is different from the next. When you think of a storage unit, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a space that consists of a concrete floor, some particle board walls, and not much else.

Sure, that’s the case with a lot of storage units, but such couldn’t be further from the truth in the larger picture. Self-storage units vary in size, shape, and… temperature. That’s right, we’re talking about climate-controlled storage units. You’re probably asking yourself, “Why would anyone need a climate-controlled storage unit?” The answer is plenty of reasons. Let’s take a deeper dive into what climate-controlled storage units are and why you might need one.

What is Climate-Controlled Storage?

Just what it sounds like. Through the use of cutting-edge HVAC systems, we are able to control the temperature, and therefore levels of humidity in our units at Lucky Horseshoe Storage.

Do Temperature and Humidity Really Matter?

Bet your bottom dollar, the answer is a resounding yes. When your valuable possessions are left in one place for a prolonged period of the time, the environment in which they sit can take a real toll.
Think about a classic car that’s stored outside next to the coast. After a while, the car’s paint job is going to show rust due to the salt and humidity in the air.

The same can be said for boats or RV’s that are left out in cold climates over the winter. When warm weather comes around, you might notice cracks in hoses, broken switches and valves, and non-functioning electronics that seemed to work just fine last summer.

In short, temperature and humidity can wreak havoc on items that are stored in a single place for too long. Climate-controlled storage units are a great solution.

How Can Climate-Controlled Storage Help?

The obvious benefit of climate-controlled storage is damage prevention. It’s as simple as that.
As stated above, large temperature swings and humidity can cause serious, long-lasting damage to your most prized possessions.

When you store these items in a unit that’s climate-controlled, you can rest easy knowing the temperature and humidity levels will remain constant.

That means no more hassling with putting a space heater under frozen pipes to thaw them out and hoping they work.

Gone are the days of worrying about corrosion of items you laboriously store under a tarp and hope for the best.

What Items Can Benefit from a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit?

We could argue that all items benefit from climate-controlled storage to be honest. However, there are some for which climate-control is an absolute necessity to preserve shelf life and longevity.

Documents

The first items that come to mind are documents and archives. Whether you need to store collections of family photos or records for your small business, humidity is a document’s worst nightmare. If left to wither away in the elements, paper can wrinkle, fade, and crumple.

Metal

Sure, stainless steel fairs pretty well in most climates. But, what about things like copper and brass? We’re talking about precious sculptures, musical instruments, the list goes on.

When exposed to varying temperatures and excess humidity, it’s all too easy for rust and patina to take hold. Even to the point where pieces made of these metals become useless.

Wine

There’s nothing that complements a meal with friends and family better than a good bottle of wine… Unless it hasn’t been properly stored. And by that, we mean at the right temperature and humidity levels.

If you have a collection of wine that you only break out for special occasions, you know the importance of storing it safely and securely.

If you aren’t able to achieve this in your own home, there’s no better solution than a climate-controlled self-storage unit.

Final Thoughts

Storage units come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Finding the best one for your needs requires a little research on the front end. While size is indeed important, climate control can be of the utmost importance too.

At Lucky Horseshoe Storage in Bend, Oregon, we have all sorts of climate-controlled units to fit your needs. And we’re here to be of assistance in any way we can. Have questions? Just give us a call, our friendly staff are standing by and eager to help.