How to Monitor Your Storage Unit’s Climate Control

Posted on Mar 24 2014 - 10:38pm by Brent Hardy




Although your storage facility is dedicated to maintaining the perfect temperature and humidity in your climate-controlled unit, it can never hurt to be vigilant.


Whenever you visit, check to ensure the space is just how you need it to be. If you’re away for lengthy periods and unable to check yourself, contact the building manager at regular intervals to request a report on the temperature and humidity levels in your unit.


Climate-controlled storage units should maintain temperatures between 55°F and 85°F. Average relative humidity levels for indoor spaces should be between 35 percent and 45 percent.


Place a thermometer and a humidity card or plug in your unit for easy checking. You can even get an electronic hygro-thermometer for the wall that will instantly tell you the temperature and level of humidity. Doing so will be especially helpful if others, such as an acquaintance or the building manager, are monitoring the unit for you in your absence.


Inform the building manager immediately if you find that the levels in your unit are not how they should be. The manager will have the HVAC system checked and investigate whether anything else, such as air leaks, is causing the problem. The problem should be fixed quickly, but keep checking in on the situation until you are satisfied that the climate is back to its optimal levels.


Have you ever had problems with climate control in your storage unit? If so, how fast was the problem fixed?

Brent Hardy

About Brent Hardy

VP Facilities Management
Extra Space Storage

Brent Hardy has been with Extra Space Storage since 2001. He currently oversees all corporate construction & facilities management activities for Extra Space Storage. Brent has been the driving force for corporate responsibility with energy management and sustainability programs. His successful management in these areas has directly contributed to the growth of Extra Space Storage. Brent’s green initiatives have included solar power, implementing energy efficient lighting systems and daylight harvesting on a corporate scale for over 800 properties. He enjoys fishing, water skiing, avoiding airplanes and spending time with his wife and four daughters. Brent began his career in self-storage after spending several years with various firms in construction and operations management both in Salt Lake and New York City.

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