Climate Control vs. Non-Climate Storage Units


E. Scott
January 22nd, 2022

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Choosing a Climate-Controlled Storage or Non-Climate-Controlled Storage Unit

Do you know the differences between climate-controlled storage units and regular storage units? If not, no worries we’ve got you covered! Here are some of the important differences between the two.


The temperature is the most important difference. Climate-controlled storage units are temperature-regulated, while standard storage units aren’t. Regulating the temperature is what will create the safe storage environment needed for the more sensitive items that might need to be stored.

Climate-controlled units are typically kept within a temperature range between 55 and 85 degrees (F). This keeps the storage unit from getting too hot or too cold. This can be harmful to temperature-sensitive items like electronics, artwork, and furniture and even those precious family pictures.

Without climate control, the temperature of a storage building is usually the same as the outside temperature or even higher. Air-conditioned storage units are popular in places with a high heat index where temperatures can reach into the 90s and 100s for days on end with little relief and Heated storage units tend to be more prevalent in parts of the country where bitter cold winter months seem to drag on endlessly before spring finally arrives.

Regular drive-up storage units will follow the current outdoor temperature much more closely especially during the summer. Without climate control, the temperature of a storage building is usually the same as the external temperature or higher. Because there is no extra source of heat or air conditioning needed, these types of storage buildings are usually cheaper.


Another important difference between climate-controlled units and normal storage units is how they are accessed. Climate control storage buildings are usually inside of a multi-level storage building containing many storage units. Some may have ground floor access, while others will be on a second or even third level. Storage units located within a building are often referred to as interior storage units. Interior storage units are typically exterior access storage units. This means that they function more like a garage. Because of the ability to drive right up to them, you’ll often hear the term “drive-up storage units.” It’s very rare to find an exterior storage unit that has climate control.


Climate control storage buildings are always more expensive than those that are not. Though price varies from market to market, you can count on climate-controlled storage being somewhere between 10% and 20% more expensive than a standard storage unit. While you may be looking for a cheaper rate, if you want to store more sensitive items, you have to consider that a non-climate-controlled environment may not protect them. Which kind of storage building you choose will come down to the kind of items you want to store, and how much money that you are willing to spend doing it.

If you’re unsure whether your belongings would benefit from being stored in one of our climate-controlled storage units just give us a call today at Texas Mega Storage, and we’ll help you figure it out.

Texas Mega Storage
4625 FM 2920 Spring, TX 77388
(281) 355-7000