The Complete Guide to Climate-Controlled Storage Units

The Complete Guide to Climate-Controlled Storage Units

Three blue units for rent at a climate-controlled storage facility with doors labeled 9, 8, 7.

If you’ve ever looked into storage spaces, then you may have come across the words “climate-controlled”. What does “climate-controlled” mean? Do I need a climate-controlled storage unit? Should I rent a climate-controlled storage unit? If you’re asking yourself these questions, then you’re not alone. The ins and outs of moving and storage can be difficult. Don’t worry. We’ve got everything you need to know about climate-controlled storage.

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What are climate-controlled storage units?

Climate-controlled is a type of storage unit. They protect your belongings from being damaged by heat, humidity, and cold temperatures. These units keep your items at a constant temperature and humidity that is set by the storage company. 

What are climate-controlled storage units used for?

Climate-controlled storage units are meant to keep your items safe. They prevent them from being warped and from growing mildew. Also, people often store rare, sentimental, or expensive items in them to make sure they stay looking great.

Outdoor climate-controlled storage units for rent with orange doors.

What items should be kept in a climate-controlled storage unit?

Essentially, any item would benefit from being stored in a climate-controlled storage unit. This is because of the consistent temperature and humidity that the items are stored at. They were designed to give items the best protection possible. In particular, are your items at risk of warping from the temperature? Or developing mold? If so, then they would greatly benefit from these storage units. Also, do you have items of strong emotional attachment? Or that took a chunk out of your pocketbook? If so, you may want to consider placing them in these specific units, as well. Some common items that people put in climate-controlled storage units are:

  • Firstly, furniture (wood, leather, etc.)
  • Secondly, photographs
  • Art
  • Also, musical instruments
  • Clothing (lace, leather, etc.)
  • Antiques
  • In addition, vinyl records
  • Collectables (comics, stamps, etc.)
  • Also, books
  • Household appliances
  • Additionally, electronics

Are climate-controlled units the same as temperature-controlled units?

Actually, no. Although people often confuse climate-controlled units with temperature-controlled units, they are not the same. As previously mentioned, climate-controlled units control both the temperature and humidity. On the other hand, temperature-controlled storage units only control the temperature inside the unit.

What types of storage units are there?

As a matter of fact, there are a few different types of storage units. They differ in price, available sizes, and level of protection they provide your belongings. Below, we’ll break down the different types of storage units that may fit your needs.

Traditional storage unit

Traditional storage units are usually made up of concrete or metal. These storage units are the most basic form of storage. Often, they can be rented from both indoor and outdoor storage facilities. They are great for storing household goods. In addition, they are good for any short-term storage needs. Also, they work the best in areas with mild to moderate weather. Do you live in a place like California? If so, these storage units would be great for you! However, do you live in an area with extreme heat or cold? If so, then they may not be. This type of storage unit may cause damage to your items from outside temperatures.

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Temperature-controlled storage unit

Are you looking to step up your storage game? Temperature-controlled units are the next best thing. These units control the temperature inside of the unit at all times. Typically, these units keep temps between 55 and 80 degrees. This means that even if it’s 100 degrees outside on a summer day, you know your items are safe. These units are a great option for those looking to store items for a longer period of time. In addition, they are beneficial for people living in areas that may have extreme temperatures. Is your seatbelt hot to the touch in summer? Or do your pipes freeze in the winter? If so, then you may need a temperature-controlled unit.

Climate-controlled storage unit

These would be the Cadillac of storage units. Climate-controlled storage units have the power to both heat up and cool down. This is due to the special air system that is triggered when there is a shift in temperature. In storage facilities, the doors to the building are constantly being opened by customers. This means that the temperature from outside the facility, both hot and cold, is able to enter. Although the temperature in the hallways changes, climate-controlled storage units do not. They maintain the temp and humidity inside the specific storage unit at all times.

Do I need a climate-controlled storage unit?

Honestly, it depends. Climate-controlled storage units definitely have their upsides since they are specifically designed to keep your items at their best. However, they do cost more than traditional storage units. Are you storing items for a long period of time, or live in an area of extreme cold or heat? If so, then climate-controlled storage units may be a good investment for you. Importantly, they are the only way to guarantee that all of your items will be protected from the elements. Do you live in an area with decent weather? Or are only planning on storing your items for a brief period of time? If so, then you may be able to skip the extra pricing and opt for a general storage unit.

A hallway of an indoor climate-controlled storage facility with red doors on units for rent.

Pros and cons of climate-controlled storage units

A lot of factors go into making final decisions about the type of storage unit that best suits your needs. We know! Below, we’ve broken down some of the major highlights about climate-controlled storage to help you with the process.

Pros of climate-controlled units

  • Firstly, it controls both the temp and humidity in the unit
  • Secondly, it’s the only kind of storage to control the actual climate of items
  • Great for storing items long-term
  • Also, offers the best protection for sensitive items
  • Helpful for areas with extreme weather
  • Prevents warping or cracking in wood
  • In addition, prevents cracking in leather
  • Keep items safe from mildew and mold

Cons of climate-controlled units

  • Firstly, can be expensive
  • Secondly, the hours you can access them may be limited
  • Most of these units are indoors
  • May not be particularly helpful for moderate weather areas
  • Also, may have limits for how many times a day they can be opened

Can I rent one?

Yes! There are several places that offer rentals. Often, these units can be found at indoor storage facilities. In addition, climate-controlled storage units can be found for rent at:

What sizes do they come in?

These storage units come in a variety of sizes. Typically, the smallest unit is 5 x 5 and the largest is 10 x 20. Perfect for storing anything from boxes to furniture.

  • 5 x 5 close in size to a half-bathroom
  • 5 x 15 similar in size to a small garage
  • 10 x 15 close in size to a spare bedroom
  • 10 x 20 can store items from a multi-room house


Is a climate-controlled storage unit the same as a temperature-controlled storage unit?

No! However, they are often mistaken as being the same. Climate-controlled storage units control the entire climate of the unit. Specifically, it controls both the temperature and humidity. Temperature-controlled storage units only control the temperature of the unit. In addition, humidity-controlled units may control the humidity inside of the unit, but not temperature.

What is the temperature inside of a climate-controlled storage unit?

It depends on the company. Often, most units are set between 65 and 85 degrees. In addition, the humidity levels are typically set no higher than 55%.

How much do climate-controlled storage units cost to rent?

It depends! The costs of renting depends on the area you are in and the chosen company. In addition, costs vary depending on the size of the unit, as well as how long you are renting. Typically, these storage units are about $76 a month. However, in areas like Los Angeles, the same 5 x 10 unit can cost $170 a month.

Should I store my TV in a climate-controlled storage unit?

It is recommended that all electronics be stored in climate-controlled units. TVs may require more protection during the storage process. These units will ensure that no damage from moisture or temperature comes to your TV. Also, for more moving tips on how to transport flatscreen TVs, check out our blog.

If I live in an area with good weather, do I need a climate-controlled unit?

It depends on your preference! If you live in an area where the weather is decent, then a traditional storage unit may be all you need. Especially if you are planning on storing items for the short term.

Aubrey graduated from UCLA in 2019 with dual degrees in English and Psychology, as well as receiving a concentration in Fiction Creative Writing. Her writing can be found at Locale Magazine, UCLA's MindWell pod, HerCampus, Westwind, and Bloody Donuts. Aubrey currently lives in Los Angeles with her orange tabby cat, Bowie, and spends her free time reading anything she can get her hands on and soaking up the golden California sun. You can find her hiking the Laguna trails, making jewelry, or exploring the local library.