Choosing a storage unit requires paying attention to more than just size and price. You must also decide whether to get a standard unit or a heated unit. Although the expense of a heated unit may be a bit higher than a standard unit, the benefits can be well worth it.
1. Air Moisture
In some locations, air moisture can be an issue in winter. Damp, cold air can collect inside an unheated storage unit, increasing the chances of mold and mildew growth. The damp is also bad for wood furniture since moisture causes wood fibers to swell and warp. Heating the air removes a lot of that excess moisture, so humidity won't be as big of a concern. If you live in an especially damp area, you can rent a unit that provides both heating and additional humidity control.
2. Consistent Temperatures
Consistent storage temperatures are a must for many items. Some types of belongings, like wood furniture, musical instruments, and electronics can be sensitive to temperature fluctuations. If the temperature shifts between extremes, glue can fail, screws can work loose, and warping can occur. By choosing a heated storage unit, you effectively eliminate these temperature fluctuations, thus ensuring your belongings are safe no matter what the temperature is outdoors.
Most heated storage buildings provide more security compared to the drive-up unheated types. You will likely have to pass through a double entry to get to your storage unit — an entry into the storage lot and a second one into your storage building. Then, you will also have the lock on your individual unit for even more security. This means that even if someone is able to sneak past the gate and into the lot, they likely won't be able to also get into the storage building and into your unit.
Heated storage unit buildings are usually well made and heavily insulated so that no energy is wasted in heating the units. This means a better sealed building so that it is harder for pests like insects and rodents to get in. Further, the filtration on the furnace that heats the units helps clean dust out of the air. Your items are less likely to become damaged by pests or to become coated in dust. You are also less likely to notice an unwelcome musty odor when you retrieve your items from the storage unit.
Contact a heated storage facility to learn more about the options available.Share