Unsure about the differences between climate-controlled storage units and regular storage units? We’ve got you covered! Check out the important differences below!


This is the most important difference. Climate-controlled storage units are obviously temperature-regulated, while standard storage units aren’t, but we’ll go into more detail than that.

Climate Control Storage

Climate-controlled units are typically kept within a temperature range between 55 and 85 degrees (F). This keeps the storage unit from reaching extreme high and low temperatures that can be harmful to temperature-sensitive items like electronics, artwork, and furniture.

Non Climate-Controlled Storage

As you can expect, these storage units will follow the current outdoor temperature much more closely. Often, especially during the Summer, the temperature inside the storage unit will far exceed the outdoor temperature due to exposure to the sun.


Another important difference between climate-controlled units and normal storage units is how they are accessed.

Climate-Controlled Storage

These storage units are almost always inside of a larger building. Storage units located within a building are often referred to as interior storage units. In many cases, these buildings have multiple floors. Some access types you’ll see will include ground-level access and upper-level access.

Non Climate-Controlled Storage

These storage units are typically exterior access storage units, meaning 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.


There are several factors involved in the price of a self storage unit. Climate control is definitely one of them. 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.


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  • Lewis G

    Great and informative article. We have a similar handout we give our customers for Climate Control Self Storage in Mobile, AL

  • Tom Vanderbilt

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