Some self-storage facilities offer both climate-controlled units and units without climate control. As a new customer, how should you tell which type of storage you need? If you're planning on storing antiques, fragile items, anything made of wood, musical instruments, or anything electronic, you should choose climate control. But if you are exclusively storing items that don't require it, you shouldn't pay the extra money for climate control. Here are four types of items that can be stored in a unit without climate control.

1. Short-term moving boxes

If you have all your belongings packed up into boxes for the move but have to get out of your old house sooner than you thought, or if you need somewhere to stash half the boxes while you unpack the other half, you may end up needing a storage unit for a short period of time. Storage without climate control should be fine for items like clothes and bedding as long as the temperatures and humidity aren't extreme, items are safe in plastic boxes, and the storage period is less than a month.

2. Everyday Dishes

Dishes made of ceramic aren't likely to be damaged by normal heat fluctuations or by variations in humidity. If the storage unit is very humid, though, be sure to keep the dishes in a sturdy plastic container. Cardboard boxes can become very soft in high humidity and could break when lifted, especially if used for ceramic dishes, which are very heavy.

3. Sturdy Plastics

Plastic is waterproof, so humidity won't bother it. If you have extremely fragile and valuable plastics, you might want to store them in a climate controlled unit during the summer, depending on how hot your climate is. Antiques, of course, should always be stored in a climate-controlled area, even if they are made of plastic (or ceramic). But most normal plastics will be just fine in traditional storage, especially if air conditioning is provided (a standard offering with self-storage units).

4. Outdoor furniture

Anything that you keep outside for the majority of the year is unlikely to be damaged by the humidity in a non-climate-controlled unit. This includes kiddie pools, deck furniture, and garden decorations.

As you can see, both climate-controlled storage and non-climate-controlled storage have plenty of uses for the curious customer. You should base your decision on the needs of your belongings, not on the price or comfort of each unit. To find out more, speak with a business like Chestnut Mill Storage.