Temperature controls. Look for a unit that keeps your belongings within a temperature range of about 50–85°F. Be aware that recommended temperatures for your particular belongings can vary.
For example, you should keep wine closer to 55°F, while vinyl records do best between 65–70°F. Your local storage unit company can give you more guidance on your specific items.
Humidity controls. Very few companies offer humidity control, so if you’re interested in it, the first thing is to verify whether they have it. After that, you should ask about the specific relative humidity range of the unit and see if it’s a good fit for your belongings. Humidity-controlled units are ideal for areas with high humidity (think coastal areas like Florida or Maine) because they fight against mold, mildew, rust, and rot. Visit; Climate controlled storage Monroe LA.
Low prices. Don’t pay more than you have to. Our research shows that you can usually get a climate-controlled unit for about $200 per month.
Reviews. Do a quick Google search for company reviews. Low prices don’t matter much if the company treats you poorly or has tons of complaints about damaged items or hidden fees.
Locations. Many storage unit companies have excellent value but are available in only a few hundred places across the country. Be sure the company that you like has a nearby location.
What is relative humidity?
The relative humidity is a measurement of water vapor relative to air temperature. Your local storage unit company should be able to tell you the relative humidity of its units—and whether they’re safe for your belongings.
What is climate control?
Climate control monitors a storage unit’s temperature and/or humidity. Storage companies use the term in different ways. The general idea is that there is some kind of monitoring system (temperature, humidity, or both) in place to extend the life of your belongings in storage.
We’ll break down some basic info, but because availability and the way a company defines climate control can vary by location (even within the same company), we recommend contacting your local self-storage facility for more information.
For our rankings, we include companies that monitor temperature levels, humidity levels, or both.
Questions to ask before getting climate control
What is the climate like?
You likely want to get climate control if you live somewhere with extreme temperatures or humidity. Similarly, look into climate control if you live somewhere with big temperature or humidity swings. You generally want the temperature inside of your storage unit to stay around 50–85°F.
Climate control: A real-life example
Big temperature swings can damage belongings in storage. In September 2020, it started snowing in Denver, CO, only 24 hours after the city was in the 90s. Areas like this are good candidates for climate-controlled storage units.
What belongings need climate control?
Climate control is ideal for items that don’t do well in extreme conditions. There are several belongings that many storage unit companies recommend for climate-controlled units:
- Clothing and fabric
- Household appliances
- Important paperwork
- Musical instruments