How Do I Know if I Need Temperature Controlled Storage?

When you are selecting a storage unit, there is often an upgraded storage option available, like the one that we offer at Elite Storage Units in Lafayette, CO – climate-controlled storage. To determine if you should consider this option, here are a few tips.


We all are aware that Colorado’s weather can change drastically and quickly. If you’re moving to Colorado, you’ll figure this out pretty quickly! The adage, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes; it will change,” seems to be coined in the Centennial state, doesn’t it? Spring and fall are the times each year that Mother Nature seems to have some pretty tough mood swings and September or April blizzards bookended by pseudo-summer days are not all that uncommon.


Another significant factor in determining if you need a climate-controlled storage is the average relative humidity of the area. As the Front Range doesn’t have many humid days, this really doesn’t come to play much. With that being said, it is important to note that the condition of your belongings, specifically how well that you’ve protected them from going into long-term storage damp can trump Colorado’s climate by creating a sealed and humid environment for your belongings. We recommend that all items going into any of our storage units be dry and that you pack dehumidifying packets (like those that you get in your shoe boxes, etc.) in your various boxes, bins, etc. to protect against moisture, since your storage unit is not designed to have ventilation and moisture builds inside.

What are you storing?

It’s easy to assume that since you are looking for a storage unit for your items rather than donating, trashing, or selling them, that you want to keep them safe whilst you do not have the space to keep them in your home. Some things are more fragile or prone to damage from wide temperature fluctuations or humidity, making them a better fit for temperature controlled storage.

Some of these items include:

  • Musical instruments
  • Wooden furniture with or without upholstery
  • Antiques
  • Book collections

If you have any questions about whether climate-controlled storage is your best option, please contact us at Elite Storage.

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