Air Conditioned Storage on Bell Rd, ScottsdaleWhether you’re downsizing and moving to a smaller place or just need some extra storage space, you may be considering renting a spot in a self-storage facility to keep some of your belongings. If that’s the case, you might have noticed that there are different kinds of storage available. One option is climate controlled self-storage. It costs a bit more – but do you need it?

What Are the Benefits of Climate Controlled Self-Storage?

Let’s start by talking about what climate controlled self-storage is, and what it can do for you.

Simply stated, climate controlled self-storage is a storage facility that provides control of some aspect of the climate. Some units have heating and/or air conditioning to protect from extremes of temperature. Others control the humidity in the storage units – and some control both.

There are some significant benefits to renting a climate controlled self-storage unit:

  • The temperature inside some storage units may be very hot during the summer months or even year-round. Some items are very sensitive to extremes of heat and may become damaged in a regular storage unit.
  • The same is true of extremes of cold, which can cause certain items to become brittle.
  • Humidity can be very harmful to documents, items made of fabric, and many other items. Likewise, very dry climates can cause items that need some humidity to dry out and crack.

In other words, climate controlled self-storage ensures that belongings that might be vulnerable to damage while in storage stay in good condition.

Who Needs Climate Controlled Self-Storage?

On average, climate controlled storage units cost between 20% and 50% more than traditional storage. You may not need to pay extra – but how can you tell?

If you plan to keep your items in storage for a very short time, then traditional storage may be sufficient for your needs. There are exceptions, but if you live in an area that isn’t subject to extreme temperatures and humidity, you can probably save your money.

However, if you live someplace with an extreme climate, such as the hot Southwest or the rainy Pacific Northwest, it may be worth it to spend a bit of extra money to ensure that your belongings stay in good condition.

Here are some items that might require a climate controlled environment:

  • Wooden furniture can crack or rot in high humidity.
  • Leather furniture may crack in very hot or very cold temperatures.
  • Mattresses are very susceptible to mold and mildew in high humidity.
  • Fine collectibles, including stamps, coins, and artwork, should be kept in a climate controlled storage space.
  • Art, including paintings and sculptures, may be damaged by moisture or heat.
  • Books and documents may rot or develop mildew in high humidity, and high heat may cause them to crack or become brittle.
  • Mechanical and rubber parts on household appliances may crack in high or low temperatures.
  • Clothing and shoes are susceptible to humidity and need to be protected.
  • Musical instruments may warp and lose their tone in a humid environment.
  • Photographs need to be in a climate controlled environment.

If you plan on storing any of these items for more than a short time, it makes sense to seek out climate controlled self-storage.


More than 50% of new storage facilities being built in the United States are climate controlled. If you want to make sure that your possessions stay in good condition in long-term storage, choosing a climate controlled unit is the best option.

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