Elements of Climate Controlled Storage Units

By Catsup and Mustard
Storage unit with blue garage doors

Few things are as stressful for business or homeowners as a relocation. This is associated with loads of luggage that barely fit into your moving vehicle. Moreover, you might not be so sure about the place you are moving to and might want to leave a few items behind while you settle in.  This is, unfortunately, not always an option since most property owners want to rent out your place as soon as possible.

Thankfully, you can now leave some of your items in a storage space in Melbourne or your home town. This is, however, not just any short-term storage space but rather one from a company that will also handle your move. One of the storage spaces available in this moving and storage company is a climate controlled unit. This, unlike other storage alternatives, has controls for the environmental conditions your materials will be stored under.

Here are the elements that set climate controlled storage units apart:

Temperature Control

Some storage facilities have distinct temperature controlled units, but these are not climate controlled ones since only one element is regulated. The ideal temperature for most units is 68-72 degrees, depending on the weather. There are programmable thermostats in the unit to keep the temperatures in your unit optimized.

Insulation

This marks the most efficient choice for keeping the humidity and temperature in your storage unit at optimal levels. The commonly used insulation option is fiberglass with a minimum 6-inch thickness for your walls and roofs. This has insulation levels of about R-19. The ideal choice for your insulation will, however, depend on the cubic area, lighting, windows, doors, ceiling height, and exterior air infiltration of your unit.

Humidity Control

storage unit with red doors in a hallway

Some areas might not experience extreme temperatures but will still experience high humidity levels. There are various options used for humidity control in storage units, but mechanical and desiccant dehumidifiers are the most common. Desiccant dehumidifiers will use a chemical drying substance to get rid of atmospheric moisture. Though they use minimal energy, these dehumidifiers are not very effective.

Mechanical dehumidifiers are also called refrigerant dehumidifiers since they use a refrigerant for the removal of moisture in the unit. They are ideal for the control of extreme humidity, but they are not so energy efficient.

Airflow Control

Climate controlled storage units also have registers that allow the closing and opening of the vanes for airflow control. These registers will minimize and increase airflow to different areas of your unit. They are particularly important around the unit’s entryways and near hallways. Other than these, the entrance holes in the unit are rerouted to minimize the outlets and unwelcome intrusions into your storage unit that will affect its airflow.

Climate controlled storage units are more expensive compared to other alternatives, but they are worth it. These units will avert damage to your artwork, antiques, furniture, and electronics. There is no reason for you to haul all your stuff to a new place in one go. With the above elements, you can rest assured that your items will be intact in storage until you decide to take them to your new place.

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