What do you need when it comes to storage units? Is it just a place to store some old clothes and furniture that aren't worth stealing (for most people), or do you need some security to keep thieves with bolt cutters and lock-picking kits at bay? Some objects need to be kept as dry as possible, even against humidity, while others need to be protected against high temperatures. All of these needs can be solved with a handful of features, and a few inspection points can help you figure out what you need.
Security Levels At Storage Facilities
Security needs are based on the importance of your goods and the known level of crime in the area. You may opt for higher security for even your lowest value items out of personal need--and that's fine--but this will cover the most basic to the most strict security practices at self storage facilities.
The most basic storage facility business includes a series of sheds with rolling/sliding doors and a basic lock. These are mass produced storage sheds with doors that can hold up against adverse weather conditions, and they allow new customers to add a lock as needed.
Fenced or walled perimeter protection is a step up in security that reduces the number of people that can wander into the area from random directions, making it easier to spot intruders or at least slowing down their advance. Such protections aren't very effective without the addition of security cameras.
The next meaningful increase in security involves indoor facilities. A closed building forces any visitors through specific entrances and exists, making it easier to monitor. Security cameras are still a must, and security guards can act as additional theft deterrent.
Air Quality Management
If you need to reduce humidity, provide a temperature-stable environment, or keep air pollutants away from sensitive objects, air conditioning is the basic level of air quality control.
Air conditioning units provide air filtration as long as the filter is properly installed and changed when clogged or damaged. Passive humidity reduction comes from the air conditioning process, and cooler temperatures can keep humidity down as well.
For enhanced humidity control, a dehumidifier is necessary. An additional air filter can be added to the storage unit if you need cleaner air as well, and both devices will require working electrical outlets inside the storage unit if the unit doesn't already have advanced filtration.
Contact a storage facility professional, like one from SaveMor Self Storage LTD, to discuss available features and to schedule an inspection.