Do I need a temperature controlled storage space?
One of the most common questions we get at Guardian is about temperature controlled storage units. Since Guardian offers both standard and temperature controlled storage spaces, our primary goal is to match each customer with storage solution that best fits their needs.
What items need temperature-controlled storage?
The standard (or more common) storage unit is not too dissimilar to most unheated home garages.
For some self-storage customers, temperature controlled storage options are necessary for items sensitive to temperature changes. However, the vast majority of the most commonly stored items actually do not require a regulated temperature.
Start by taking an inventory of the items you wish to store. Since self-storage is often used to make much needed room in areas such as garages, tool sheds, closets; take note of items as well as the environment in which they are currently stored.
Since these items are often warehoused or transported in non-temperature-controlled environments before arriving in a retail store, it seems they must be manufactured to be resilient to different temperatures.
While the majority of self-storage contents are usually fine in non-temperature controlled units, certain electronics, oil-based paintings and antiques are examples of items to consider. If you are not sure about any specific item(s), Guardian’s self-storage managers have helped a wide-range of customers store just about everything and are always happy to help. If you are still unsure, you may consider researching an item’s specifications or contacting the manufacturer directly for additional information.
“Consider the contents you are looking to store and materials used to make them,” recommends Judy Motter, General Manager at Guardian Self Storage. “Our goal is to provide each customer with the options best suited to their specific self-storage needs.”
What can I do to protect my items?
Like any home garage (or even home interior for that matter), basic best practices can be used to pack and store items to protect them from their environment. Safeguard your storage items with our top five best practices:
1. Make sure items go in dry.
2. Elevate your items. (we have wood pallets available at all locations)
3. Check on items after storing them from time to time.
4. Speak with a Guardian Self Storage professional.
What is the difference between climate controlled and temperature controlled storage units?
Some storage providers often use the terms “temperature controlled” and “climate controlled” units interchangeably, but there is an important distinction between the two to understand. Unlike temperature controlled units, climate controlled units also monitor and regulate the humidity and moisture within a storage unit in addition to the interior temperature.
If you plan on storing items that have high sensitivity to humidity or moisture it is important to speak with the storage provider about how the units are regulated.
With an average of more than 10 years working at Guardian, our employees happily make their knowledge and experience available to answer any questions about moving, storage or the specific properties they manage each day. We pride ourselves on the unparalleled level of customer service that our experienced, well-trained storage professionals.