The success of your self-storage facility largely depends on how well you meet the needs of clients in your area. There are many specific demands that you could focus on to gain long-term tenant loyalty, including climate-controlled and temperature-controlled units. The better you understand the difference between these two types of self-storage, the better equipped you are to decide whether one or both types is best for your service area. Below, learn differences between climate-controlled and temperature-controlled self-storage space and the types of items that require climate control, which is a more costly upfront investment.

A Simple but Significant Difference

What differentiates temperature-controlled units from climate-controlled spaces is that, although both provide a set temperature, only climate-controlled systems also offer humidity management. For a self-storage facility, an HVAC system is combined with an industrial dehumidifier.

Types of Dehumidifiers for Self-Storage

The two types of dehumidifiers to choose from are desiccant dehumidifiers and mechanical humidifiers.

Desiccant Dehumidifiers

A drying chemical substance is used for desiccant dehumidifiers. This type removes moisture from the air in a way comparable to silica gel packets. Heat is used as an energy source, and a benefit is that the waste heat produced by other processes can be utilized for desiccant units. Over time, it’s possible for a self-storage facility owner to save significantly on the cost of energy. Unfortunately, however, mechanical dehumidifiers are much more effective than desiccant dehumidifiers at controlling the type of extreme humidity common to Florida. In fact, Florida is the most humid of the 50 states.

Mechanical Dehumidifiers

Also known as refrigerative units, mechanical dehumidifiers are the most common type used in commercial facilities. Refrigerant is used to remove humidity from the air, same as with an air conditioner. Although less energy efficient than the other option, mechanical humidifiers effectively manage extreme humidity.

Recommended Humidity Level

The optimal setting for managing humidity is 55%. This is the highest level before the moisture in the air begins to create damaging effects to certain items that may be in storage. As a comparison, the typical air-conditioned home maintains relative humidity of between 35% and 40%. Unless special arrangements are made with a tenant, the usual business practice among self-storage owners is to maintain 55% relative humidity in climate-controlled units.

Types of Items Requiring Climate-Control Self-Storage Units

Basic temperature control is suitable for the majority of self-storage tenants, but certain types of items sensitive to humidity require climate control. The following are a few examples:

  • Electronics
  • Photographs
  • Leather and wooden furniture
  • Stamps, wine, coins, and other collections that can be damaged by humidity
  • Comic books
  • Percussion instruments, brass instruments, stringed instruments, and woodwind instruments such as flutes, oboes, and clarinets
  • Artwork
  • Sensitive fabrics
  • Business documents

Contact Weaver Realty Group

Throughout the Florida peninsula, Weaver Realty Group offers brokerage services for self-storage facilities. Since 1999, Weaver Realty has been an Argus Self Storage Network Affiliate. With this partnership, there are additional benefits to relying on Weaver for acquisition, disposition, and evaluation of all sizes and types of self-storage properties. We have knowledge and insights that can be invaluable to self-storage owners simply because of the changing dynamics of the industry. Josh Koerner at Weaver Realty Group can be reached at (904) 591-0140. Call today for help making the most of your self-storage investment.