Chances are you’ve driven by storage facilities (maybe even some of ours!) and seen signs for “climate controlled self-storage,” but maybe you’re not sure what that means, or why you might need it. When most people picture a storage unit, after all, they’re pretty much imagining a concrete room with a rolling metal door. And that’s all many self-storage units are, and all that they need to be.

But sometimes you need to store something that’s particularly valuable, or irreplaceableā€”like an original piece of art, a rare book, a one-of-a-kind family heirloom. Other times, you simply need to store something that’s environmentally sensitive. Electronic items and wood furniture are just a couple of common storage items that can be damaged by extremes of heat or cold.

So that takes care of why you might need climate controlled self-storage, but we’re still left with the question of just what is climate controlled self-storage? Well, fortunately, the answer is pretty much there in the name. A climate controlled self-storage unit is one where the environment stays constant. Since temperature is usually the biggest factor in the environment of a self-storage unit, climate controlled self-storage is also often called “temperature controlled” self-storage.

And while climate controlled self-storage is heated in the winter and cooled in the summer, to make sure that the temperature stays within a regulated range, that’s only one of the safeguards present to protect your valuables. Climate controlled self-storage units also protect against dust and humidity, and keep out pests that can damage or destroy your belongings. Not only that, but because they’re enclosed and temperature controlled, climate controlled self-storage units can be perfect for people who visit their units frequently. If you’re a big scrapbooker, for instance, and need to store a lot of scrapbooking supplies that you access frequently, climate controlled would definitely be the way to go.

Of course, you can never be too careful, especially with valuables such as family heirlooms or antiques, so it’s also a good idea to invest in self-storage insurance if you’re storing items of significant value, or that would be difficult to replace. At Storage ‘R’ Us, the safety and security of your belongings is our top concern, and we do everything that we can to ensure that when you want them, they’re waiting for you just as you left them. But even the most secure facility isn’t proof against everything, and insurance can be a lifesaver in the case of a tornado or other natural disaster.

Whether what your storing is a priceless painting, or simply your son or daughter’s finger painting that is priceless to you, climate controlled self-storage can be the perfect place for anything that you want to keep protected from extremes of temperature, humidity, dust, or other dangers.