Storage units are an excellent solution for people who need extra space to store their belongings, but when choosing a self-storage, you might be wondering whether you need a heated or non-heated storage unit. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the differences between heated and non-heated storage units and which one might be right for you.
Are All Storage Units Heated?
Not all storage units are heated. It’s important to ask the storage facility about the temperature control options before renting a storage unit. Some storage facilities offer both heated and unheated storage units, while others only offer one or the other.
Heated vs. Unheated Storage Units
Heated storage units are great for items that need protection from extreme temperatures, while unheated storage units are better suited for items that can withstand varying temperatures. Unheated storage units are typically cheaper than heated storage units, making them an attractive option for those on a budget. However, keep in mind that unheated storage units can be subject to extreme temperature fluctuations, which can cause damage to certain items.
Heated Storage Units
Heated storage units are storage units that are kept at a constant temperature, typically between 10°C and 26°C. These storage units are ideal for items that need to be protected from extreme temperatures, such as electronics, wooden furniture, and musical instruments. Heated storage units are also great for storing items during the winter months as they prevent freezing and potential damage caused by freezing temperatures.
The cost of heated storage units varies depending on the size of the unit. However, the cost is well worth it if you’re looking to protect your belongings from the elements which include:
- Wooden Furniture: Wooden furniture can be damaged by extreme temperatures, especially if there are drastic changes in temperature. Heat can cause wood to warp or crack, while cold temperatures can cause it to dry out and become brittle.
- Electronics: Electronics are sensitive to temperature changes, and extreme temperatures can cause damage to the circuitry. Heat can cause components to expand and crack, while cold temperatures can cause them to contract and break.
- Musical Instruments: Musical instruments, especially those made of wood, are also sensitive to temperature changes. Extreme temperatures can cause the wood to warp, crack or split, which can affect the sound quality.
- Clothing: Clothes can be damaged by extreme temperatures, especially if they are made of delicate materials such as silk or wool. Heat can cause fabric to fade, while cold temperatures can cause it to become brittle.
- Artwork: Artwork, especially oil paintings, are sensitive to temperature changes. Heat can cause the paint to melt or become sticky, while cold temperatures can cause it to crack.
- Photographs: Photographs can be damaged by extreme temperatures, especially if they are exposed to moisture. Heat can cause the colors to fade, while cold temperatures can cause the emulsion to crack.
- Books: One of the best ways to preserve the quality of your books is to store them in a climate controlled or heated storage unit. They will help maintain a steady range of temperature that is ideal for storing more sensitive items. However, they can often withstand non heated storage units for a period of time.
Non Heated Storage Units
Non-heated storage units can be useful for storing a variety of items that are not sensitive to temperature changes. Some examples of items that can be stored in a non-heated storage unit include:
- Outdoor Equipment: Non-heated storage units can be an ideal place to store outdoor equipment such as lawnmowers, gardening tools, and patio furniture. These items can withstand changes in temperature and humidity, making them suitable for non-heated storage.
- Sports Equipment: Non-heated storage units can also be a good option for storing sports equipment such as bicycles, kayaks, and golf clubs. These items are typically made of materials that are resistant to temperature changes, and can often be stored in non-heated units without risk of damage.
- Seasonal Decorations: Non-heated storage units can be a great place to store seasonal decorations such as Halloween decorations, Christmas lights, and Easter eggs. These items are typically made of materials that can withstand temperature changes, and can be safely stored in non-heated units.
- Business Inventory: Non-heated storage units can be a cost-effective option for storing business inventory such as office supplies, promotional materials, and excess inventory. These items do not typically require temperature control, and can be safely stored in non-heated units.
- Household Items: Non-heated storage units can also be a good place to store household items such as furniture, books, and clothing. Keep in mind some materials may be sensitive to temperature changes and it might be a good investment to have a heated unit to store these items.
Storing Boats, Vehicles & RVs Indoors
> with a climate-controlled facility can provide several benefits, including:
- Protection from Extreme Temperatures: Vehicles and boats can be damaged by extreme temperatures. Heat can cause batteries to drain, tires to crack, and upholstery to fade or become brittle. Cold temperatures can cause fluids to freeze, which can lead to engine damage. A climate-controlled storage unit ensures that the temperature remains within a safe range, protecting your vehicle or boat from damage.
- Protection from Humidity: High humidity levels can cause rust, corrosion, and mold growth, which can damage the interior and exterior of your vehicle or boat. A climate-controlled storage unit maintains a consistent humidity level, preventing moisture from accumulating and protecting your vehicle or boat from damage.
- Security: Climate-controlled storage units are typically located indoors and have enhanced security features, such as surveillance cameras, alarms, and access controls. This provides an additional layer of protection against theft, vandalism, and other forms of damage.
- Peace of Mind: Storing your vehicle or boat in a climate-controlled storage unit can give you peace of mind, knowing that it is protected from damage and theft. This can be especially important if you have a valuable or sentimental vehicle or boat that you want to keep in top condition.
- Longer Lifespan: Storing your vehicle or boat in a climate-controlled storage unit can extend its lifespan by protecting it from the elements. This can help you avoid costly repairs or replacements and ensure that your vehicle or boat lasts for years to come.
One common question people have when storing their boat in a heated storage or climate-controlled facilities is whether they need to winterize their boat. The answer is no, you do not need to winterize your boat in a heated storage unit. The constant temperature of the unit will prevent any freezing or potential damage caused by freezing temperatures.
In conclusion, choosing between heated and non-heated storage units depends on the items you plan to store and their sensitivity to temperature and humidity. Heated storage units are ideal for protecting items from extreme temperatures, while non heated storage units can provide enough protection to your belongings.
Storing Your Belongings at Passion Safe Storage
At Passion Safe Storage, we offer both non heated and heated storage units in different sizes. We also offer secure outdoor vehicle storage and indoor vehicle storage for vehicles up to 20 ft in length. If you’re looking for storage for your boat, camper or RV, our facility offers climate controlled protection from the elements as well as a secure storage facility.
We can help you get a handle on your space with the self storage unit you need, in a size you can manage, at a rate you can afford. Our knowledble and friendly staff can help you, call us at 306-665-7233 or contact us today.