About Climate Control
Climate-controlled storage units are a popular choice for Boise area residents due to temperature variations throughout the year. Climate-controlled units are beneficial for those who need to store belongings that may otherwise be negatively impacted by heat or humidity.
While climate-controlled storage units are a common choice, they aren't always necessary. It entirely depends on what you intend to store in your unit! Making an educated choice on which type of storage unit is best for your needs is vital for the safety and longevity of your belongings.
What Makes Climate-Controlled Storage Units Different
Climate-controlled units are best suited for any items you need to ensure are protected against moisture and temperature variations that can happen in the high desert of Boise. These units are kept at a consistent temperature around 65 to 80 degrees at all times, just like your home would be! This enables you to store any valuable belongings you only need to access every so often in a storage unit that you know is just as dry and safe as your home.
Another bonus benefit is that there is constantly fresh air in your unit, so you won't have to worry about opening it up often to reduce the stale air. This means you won't have that musty smell that you'll typically experience when you take your stuff out of regular storage.
What Needs Climate Control
Items you'll find in climate-controlled storage units include:
- Camping and sports equipment that isn't weatherproof
- Furniture crafted from wood, wicker, metal, leather, or upholstery
- Musical instruments
- Antiques, collectibles, and sentimental items
- Photobooks, photographs, and photography equipment
- Art, media, and electronics
- Medical supplies
- Mattresses and bedding
- Clothing reserved for special occasions or that's seasonal
- Important documents and office supplies
Essentially, anything that is paper or is made of wood, metal, fabric, and leather and was designed to be indoors should be in a climate-controlled storage unit.
What Doesn't Need Climate Control
Regular units, while reasonably good at preventing moisture, don't protect against temperature variations. They are more appropriate for the types of items you'd put in an attic, a shed, or your garage—items that can handle a more temperamental environment. Such things could include:
- A boat, jet skis, and other small watercraft
- Four-wheelers, dirt bikes, and other small vehicles
- Outdoor recreational equipment
- Tools and hardware
- Plastic items
- Metal items
- Most dishware
These items were designed to withstand a certain amount of the elements and typically handle temperature variations and moisture.
How to Know If You Need a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit
Despite the list above of what's typically in a climate-controlled unit, you may still wonder if you need one. Here are a few great questions to ask yourself to determine if you need a climate-controlled unit:
1. Do you need to store these items long-term?
2. Do the temperatures in your area drop below freezing or get above 90 degrees? (If you're planning on storing your items in the Boise area, the answer to this question is yes!)
3. Are your belongings very valuable or have great sentimental value to you?
4. Does your area experience high humidity during the year?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, you should get a climate-controlled storage unit to protect your belongings. The benefits of having a climate-controlled storage unit will likely be worth the extra cost of the unit compared to a regular storage unit. The peace of mind alone will likely be worth it to you.
In the Boise area, temperatures climb to over 100 degrees in the summer and early fall, so there are typically 4-5 months where your belongings in storage could be affected by these high temperatures. During Winter, the temperatures go below freezing consistently, leaving you with about 2-3 months of cold temperatures. So, overall, you're looking at about 6-8 months of potentially harmful temperatures. By choosing a climate-controlled unit, you can protect your belongings from the damaging effects of these high and low temperatures. You won't have to worry about any items splitting, cracking, warping, or being affected by moisture.
Additionally, Boise is a high desert, which means there are many opportunities for dust and debris to make their way into crevices. With a climate-controlled unit, every nook and cranny is sealed, so you'll have the added benefit of not having to worry about dust and debris affecting your belongings. If you are in the Boise area and need climate-controlled storage, we can help! Take a look at the unit sizes we offer and contact us with any questions you may have.