Climate Controlled Self Storage Construction
Climate controlled storage is ideal for protecting your customers belongings, reducing mold, mildew, and decreasing or eliminating water damage. Let us help you build self storage units that will stand the test of time.
Climate Controlled Self-Storage Construction in DFW
Climate controlled storage is a growing trend in the self-storage industry. In general, climate controlled storage maintains temperatures between 55 and 90 degrees. This range is ideal for protecting your customers belongings, reducing mold, mildew, and decreasing or eliminating water damage. Climate control enables storage solutions in places with extreme or highly fluctuating ambient temperatures. In deserts, plastics have been known to melt in intense heat. In colder or seasonal climates, climate control prevents items form reaching freezing temperatures. Even when things don’t freeze, bringing them down to a low enough temperature solidifies them and makes them more brittle and prone to breaking. Finally, good climate control also involves appropriate HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). HVAC ensures that moisture levels stay low, preventing fungal growth as well as water damage. Needless to say, climate control prolongs the lifetime of stored things.
Temperature controlled storage also returns higher rental prices. Tenants are willing to pay higher rent for climate controlled storage. People on average pay 15-35% more for self-storage with climate control than self-storage without it. Additionally, adding climate control to your offerings means you can ensure that your clients stored items stay in good shape for longer periods. People may not know that they even want climate control. However, when looking for a storage facility you could explain to them that humidity and temperature control will ensure their items are undamaged and stay healthy longer.
How does a storage space control temperature and humidity?
Insulation is key in temperature control and keeping moisture out. Good insulation saves you money, money you won’t have to spend on heating or air conditioning. Outdoor insulation on a building also keeps out the water. Rainwater, snow melt, and more can get in between door cracks and building joints. Insulation helps prevent it. Insulation is probably the most important part of controlling any building’s climate.
Heat and air conditioning and humidity control
Even with the best insulation, eventually the whole building will change temperature in the heat or cold. This means you absolutely will need to have some kind of system to heat and cool your storage units. The amount of cooling and heating you will need will vary based on how much space you need to climate control. You will also want a hygrometer/dehumidifier to ensure things stay dry.
A programmable temperature control system
Whatever climate control system/systems you have, make sure it is programmable. This enables you to change its settings at a low cost as the year changes and ambient temperatures change with it.
In order to have different temperatures in different units, you will want air flow registers. They will help measure and control the amount of airflow into and out of individual storage units.
Important considerations when building temperature controlled self-storage
You already know how climate control is achieved, but what are your options in achieving those goals?
- What kind of insulation will you choose? It will have to depend on the make of your storage facility.
- How many units do you want insulated? Will it be the whole facility or a portion of it? If only some units are insulated, you can use the un-insulated exterior units of the building as a layer of protection around the interior, climate controlled units.
- How do you keep the climate stable as tenants enter and exit the building?
Best HVAC system
How much do you need? Your HVAC should be based on how many climate controlled units you have and their insulation level. Here’s a great HVAC calculator. It calculates your HVAC needs in BTUs (British Thermal Units). A BTU is the amount of energy required to bring a pound of water up by 1 degree Fahrenheit. HVAC needs are based on a combination of sun exposure, location (geographic), insulation, and expected use the building will be getting.
- Orientation towards the sun plays a big role in determining interior temperature. West walls tend to be hotter.
- Place non-climate controlled units in upper floors and on adjacent to exterior walls. These are great options for controlling the climate of interior units.
- Underground locations tend to have excellent constant temperatures. But they are more susceptible to water leakage and humidity.
- What is the purpose of your storage unit?
- Art, electronics, sport equipment, antiques, and books will require less humidity.
- Some food and drink that is supposed to age, such as wine, requires much higher humidity.
Choose the right equipment
Finally, make sure you use the right HVAC equipment. If you are renovating or using an existing building to make it a storage facility, it probably already has some kind of air conditioning and heating. You may get lucky and only have to work on the ducts or insulation. However, when it comes to building a new storage unit, you will have hundreds of HVAC choices. You will need to make the right choice that balances the following:
- Insulation type
- What items are stored
Need help deciding what’s right for you?
Are you considering building a new storage unit? What about upgrading your existing climate control? Maybe you are just unsure about some of the specifics requirements. Either way, Reliable Commercial Construction can absolutely help. We are commercial construction contractors who specialize in building high-quality storage units. We’ve been serving Texas and the Dallas Fort-Worth Metroplex for over 35 years. Self storage construction doesn’t have to be a difficult balancing game of figuring out what HVAC, insulation, location, and design to use. Let the professionals handle it for you. Our services include not only the construction of new storage facilities, but also the renovation of existing buildings. We can update an old storage building, or change a commercial building into a storage structure. If you are ready to start pulling in revenue on temperature controlled self storage, then don’t wait, contact us today to get started.
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