The What's, Why's, And How's Of Heated Storage

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Should you choose a heated storage option? If you're not sure whether you need this type of climate control, take look at the what's, why's, and how's of heated rental units.

What Is Heated Self Storage?

Don't confuse a heated and a hot unit. While this type of storage will keep the chill out, a heated rental isn't a sweltering sauna. Like other climate-controlled storage units, a heated option is set at a mid-temperature. This means the rental unit won't get too hot or too cold.

Before you rent one of these units, talk to the storage facility's manager or staff about the specific temperature ranges. Many rental facilities set one temperature for all units. If this is the case, you won't have the ability to turn up or down the heat to fit your individual storage needs.

Along with heat, many of these types of units are also ventilated. A forced-air heating system does more than just change the temperature. It circulates the air, ventilating the unit constantly. Air circulation can help to control the moisture or humidity level in the storage unit. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), humidity levels above 60 percent can cause moisture and mold issues.

Why Choose Heated Self Storage?

You won't spend much time in the storage unit. This means comfort controls aren't a necessary add-on. Even though you don't need to keep warm while packing and unpacking your storage unit, the items in the rental may require a specific temperature.

Some of the most common storage selections that require a constant warm temperature include antiques, artwork, photos, instruments, leather goods, and wooden furniture. These items need a medium- or middle-range temperature to prevent damage over time. Discuss the constant indoor air temperature with the rental facility's staff to make sure it matches your antique's, painting's, or other item's needs.

How Should You Use Heated Self Storage?

This type of self-storage is easy to use. Most storage renters won't need to do anything other than move their belongings into the unit. It's likely the storage unit rental facility will set the temperature controls, turning the heat up to a specific or set number. Again, learn more about the temperature settings before you move sensitive items into the unit. The storage company's staff can help you to better understand the average daily and nightly temperatures and the humidity level. 

When you know what to expect from the indoor environment, you can start the packing process. The warm air may increase the overall humidity. Avoid plastic sheeting or other types of protective covers that may trap moisture on or in your for-storage items. For more information, contact a heated storage facility.