When choosing a self storage facility, there are many factors that need to be decided before signing a lease. After choosing the storage facility that fits your specific storage needs based on the items that you are storing, the next step is to choose the size and type of storage unit. There are two types of self storage units: conventional (also known as non-climate controlled) or climate-controlled storage units (also known as temperature controlled units). Both types of storage units have their pros and cons depending on the cost and the length of time that you will be renting.
An indoor climate controlled storage unit is located in a finished building or within an area where a determined temperature range can be controlled. The climate controlled self storage units at STORExpress are kept in a temperature range between 50 and 80 degree with a set humidity level.
If you are planning on storing over a longer period of time and live in an area with extreme temperatures and humidity levels (such as Pittsburgh, PA), then renting a climate controlled storage unit would be recommended. Most stored items can tolerate fluctuating temperatures, but there are certain things that may require a more controlled environment. High temperature and humidity levels can warp, crack or split wood or leather furniture. Having high levels of moisture can develop on electronics, books, documents, artwork, collectibles, and clothing which can cause damage over a long period of time. Business items such as electronics, pharmaceutical supplies, and retail inventory should also be placed in temperature controlled storage units.
Placing delicate belongings in a climate controlled storage environment will give you piece of mind that your belongings will be protected from possible damage from extreme temperatures and humidity levels. STORExpress offers a variety of sizes – from 5’x5’ to 10’x30’- in both climate controlled and non-climate controlled storage units near you at each of our ten Pittsburgh self storage locations. Ask one of our storage professionals about the benefits of renting a climate controlled storage unit for your belongings.