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What Should You Keep in a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit?

Lockaway Storage | May 6, 2024 @ 12:00 AM

If you’re looking for a way to protect and preserve your most cherished possessions, climate-controlled storage is a great choice. When you choose a climate-controlled unit, you’re ensuring total protection from extreme temperatures and humidity. But what kinds of items need this level of protection? Let’s dive into our list of best candidates for climate-controlled storage.


Wood can warp and crack under extreme conditions, as can leather. Metal furnishings risk rust, while upholstery is a breeding ground for bacteria in humid environments. Whether you’re storing antiques or more modern furniture, it’s always a good idea to store your furniture away where fluctuating temperatures won’t affect it.


Electronics are a crucial part of everyone’s day-to-day life…but they're fragile in the face of temperature fluctuations. Heat and cold wreak havoc on screens, components, and even the adhesives holding devices together. Extreme temperatures can even drain your battery more quickly. Preserve your gadgets' longevity by keeping them out of the heat and humidity.


Whether it’s your little one’s finger-painting or a museum piece, your art is precious to you – and precious objects demand meticulous care. This is especially true of art, since it’s often a victim of temperature and humidity. Oil paintings, in particular, are vulnerable to environmental stressors. Ensure your artistic treasures remain pristine by storing them in climate-controlled conditions. Shielding them from temperature and humidity fluctuations safeguards their beauty for generations to come.

Clothing and Fabrics

Humidity is a huge threat to clothing, linens, and fabrics, fostering mold and mildew growth. Protect your wardrobe staples and cherished textiles by opting for climate-controlled storage. From carpets to tablecloths, maintaining optimal environmental conditions is paramount in preserving fabric integrity.

Documents and Photographs

Some documents are too precious to risk damage from environmental factors. Essential documents, paper records, and photographs all need to be safeguarded against degradation and fading. If you store your file boxes and cabinets in a climate-controlled unit, you can rest easy knowing that they’re safe from heat and moisture.

Musical Instruments

Musical instruments are susceptible to temperature-induced damage. Guitars can crack, piano keys and hammers can swell and rust, and your woodwinds can have their pitch permanently altered by humidity. Opt for climate-controlled storage to harmonize with optimal conditions.


Collectibles, ranging from vintage books to vinyl records, require a controlled environment to retain their pristine condition. Shield them from temperature and humidity fluctuations to uphold their value – both monetarily and emotionally. Climate-controlled storage offers the perfect sanctuary for your cherished collectibles.


Antique vehicles, with their storied legacies, deserve meticulous preservation. Prolonged exposure to heat, cold, and UV rays can mar their interior and exterior. Although there are many steps to take when it comes to preparing your car for storage, choosing a climate-controlled unit is an easy way to ensure your peace of mind.

Climate-controlled storage is a sanctuary for preserving the integrity and longevity of your most cherished possessions. Whether it's safeguarding heirloom furniture, protecting electronic gadgets, or preserving priceless artworks, investing in climate-controlled storage keeps you – and your belongings – cool, calm, and collected. That’s why Lockaway Storage offers climate-controlled units at many of our facilities. Find a storage facility near you and check out available climate-controlled options!

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