Whether you’re moving, downsizing, or simply need a safe place to store some extra valuables, our storage units in Vancouver are the only storage solution you need. One question you may be asking yourself – other than which size of storage unit you should rent – is whether climate-controlled units are necessary. With a variety of storage units on the market, from standard unheated to climate-controlled storage units, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know before making this decision.
What is Climate-Controlled Self-Storage?
Before we dive into the ins and outs, it’s important to cover what exactly climate-controlled self-storage is. To keep the temperature and moisture levels consistent, climate-controlled storage units maintain the ideal environment for both short- and long-term storage. This is especially important if you’re storing particularly fragile items such as musical instruments, photographs, records, jewelry, wooden furniture, and other climate sensitive pieces.
Comparatively, non-climate-controlled self-storage is neither heated nor cooled. Meaning that your belongings will be subject to seasonal outdoor temperatures. From extreme to mild conditions, these fluctuations can be incredibly harmful to the safety of your stored items.Now, you may think that since your storage unit is located indoors, it’s as good as climate controlled. However, this assumption can lead to your items being destroyed when stored in fluctuating temperatures for extended periods of time. For example, antique furniture can crack in dry climates while humidity can ruin the integrity of your electronics and paper documents. All in all, keeping your belongings out of the rain is simply not enough; an optimal environment is crucial for safe storage.
Benefits of Climate-Controlled Self-Storage
Our units at Annacis Lock-Up Storage are not only climate-controlled but are also heavily protected. Located indoors with sealed and insulated roofs, walls, and floors, your belongings will be safe from minor flooding, extreme weather conditions, dust particles, pests, and more. To break it down further, here are the top benefits of climate-controlled self-storage:
- Consistent temperatures
- Ideal humidity levels
- Improved pest protection
- Dust reduction
- Sheltered from the elements (rain, snow, ice, wind, etc.)
- Lower risk of damage
- Improved air quality
- Peace of mind
Which Items Require Climate Control?
This is a great question as some items are more susceptible to climate inconsistencies than others. You may find that certain belongings are more sensitive and will suffer from splitting, cracking, warping, and discolouration due to fluctuating temperatures. Additionally, clothing, linens, and other items made of natural fibres can develop mildew when exposed to changing temperatures while paper documents such photographs and books can get stuck to one another, ruining the integrity of the prints. This can be especially upsetting for items that hold great monetary or personal value.
To keep your belongings safe, we always advise to opt for climate-controlled self-storage. If it’s available to you, why not give yourself the peace of mind of ultimate storage protection?
Some examples of items that require climate-controlled environments are:
- Collectibles (coins, stamps, comics, wine, etc.)
- Family heirlooms
- Leather furniture
- Wooden furniture
- CD’s, DVD’s, cassette tapes, and vinyl records
- Musical instruments
- Large appliances (refrigerators, ovens, washing machines, etc.)
Looking for Storage Units in Vancouver?
At Annacis Lock-Up Storage, we offer climate-controlled self-storage units in a variety of sizes and dimensions. Situated on Annacis Island, we’re centrally located on the New Westminster border. This offers quick access from all areas of Greater Vancouver. Whether you’re in Surrey, New West, Burnaby, or downtown Vancouver, our facilities have been the top choice of BC locals for over two decades. With highly secure, climate-controlled units offered at affordable prices, our family-run business has continued to succeed in a city we love so dearly. To start using the best storage in Vancouver, contact our team today!