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Drive Up vs. Climate Controlled Storage Units

February 14, 2020

Storage Units are an easy, convenient way to safely store items that you don’t use daily such as seasonal items, sporting and camping equipment, tools, supplies, and much more. This frees up space in your home and garage for those items that you use on a regular basis.

While choosing the right size unit to fit your needs is probably top of mind, it’s also important to consider what you’re storing and if a drive up unit or one that is more protected from the elements is what you need. We’ve outlined the types of self storage units and their benefits below.


Traditional Storage Units

Traditional storage units are typically the most popular choice for self storage and are suitable for items you would be comfortable storing in a household garage. These would include items not susceptible to heat or cold temperature fluctuations.

Drive Up Units come in multiple sizes and offer many conveniences such as:

  • Drive up and park in front of the door to the storage unit
  • Load items into and out of the storage space in no time
  • Easier to transfer items from your vehicle to the storage unit
  • Larger storage units available for vehicle storage
  • Reduce strain and effort in moving items

It’s important to note that many drive-up storage units are not climate controlled and depending on what part of the country you live in, weather conditions can affect access to an outdoor storage unit.


Climate Controlled Storage Units

Climate Controlled Units implies that you can actually control the temperature inside the individual unit. This is not always the case, so it’s important to know what you’re getting when you rent a self storage unit. Think of climate controlled storage units as ‘temperature controlled’; cooled in the summer and heated in the winter.

  • Helps protect valuables from extreme temperature fluctuations that can damage wood furniture, electronics, plastic and wax
  • While not as comfortable as your living room, when you visit your space the temperature will be much more tolerable than a traditional unit

Humidity Controlled Storage Units

Humidity controlled storage units adjust the humidity of the air inside the unit to maintain safe levels of moisture regardless of temperature fluctuations.

  • Reduces likelihood of mold and mildew growth, metal rust, paper rot, etc.
  • Ideal for storing valuable documents, furniture, electronics, etc.

Heated Storage Units

In cold winter climates, heated storage spaces help protect stored items from the effects of cold climate temperatures.

  • Temperatures are monitored during cold months & heated to preserve stored items
  • The temperature will be much more tolerable than a traditional unit

Air Cooled Storage Units

Air cooled storage units are cooled by air blown through water vapor to lower the temperature. These units are ideal for:

  • Items that can't withstand high temperatures, but are tolerant of slightly higher humidity
  • Furniture, plastics, glass, pottery, wax, and most woods
  • The temperature will be much more tolerable than a traditional unit

Air Conditioned Storage Units

For the hotter climates, air conditioned storage spaces cool and help protect valuable items from the effects of extreme heat.

  • HVAC cooling lowers the temperature to safer levels for valuables sensitive to heat
  • Consider air conditioned spaces for household furniture, files, metals, plastics, glass
  • The temperature will be much more tolerable than a traditional unit

Whatever your storage needs, self storage units are a great choice for protecting your valuables.

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