Climate controlled Units: do you need it?

What Is Climate Control?

One of the top concerns when using Chicago self storage is preventing damage to storage items. In most cases, people tend to only think of protecting their items from damage or loss caused by other people, but many are unaware of the damage caused by weather.

Chicago is known for having wet springs, hot and humid summers, mild autumns, and frigid winters. Midwesterners often love experiencing all four seasons, but few realize what sensitive items can experience in this range of weather. Enter climate-controlled storage.

Units equipped with climate control act as both an air conditioner and heater to regulate the temperature and humidity levels in your unit to protect your belongings from irreparable damages.

How Seasonal Weather Affects Self Storage

Whether you’re storing wooden furniture for a season or business files, the changing weather can greatly impact your need for climate control. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Rapid weather changes: Spring is a mix of winter and summer conditions, which means your unit needs to be adjusted accordingly. Climate control can help keep your unit warmer during snowy days and cooler during hot, humid days.
  • Humidity damage: The summer in Chicago gets hot, which is only made worse by the high humidity. And while this one-two punch of weather can cause a person to sweat and stay indoors, it can also do a number on paper items, including files, documents, books, and photos. Heat and humidity encourages mold and mildew growth, too, which can fade, crumple, and ultimately destroy paper items. Having climate control eliminates the moisture in the air, further ensuring the safety of your belongings.
  • Dealing with the frigid cold: Autumn is typically a mild season, but freezing, winter-like conditions are known to arrive as early as October. Subfreezing temperatures can cause batteries to quickly lose their charge, and certain electronic components can crack and stop working. Providing ample heat, climate-controlled storage will keep televisions, computers, gaming systems, and other electronics in storage in working order.

Protecting Your Items with Chicago Climate-Controlled Storage

Units with climate control typically come at a higher cost than normal storage units; however, it will save you time, money, and personal grief. These units protect your sensitive items no matter the season or weather outside, so you don’t have to worry about repairing or replacing damaged items.