Climate Controlled Storage 101

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Guide to Climate Controlled Storage

Frigid Minnesota winters make finding the right storage unit for your belongings a little more complicated than simply pulling into drive-up storage and unloading. If your storage needs include items that might be susceptible to cold temperatures, it’s absolutely vital that you look into finding a climate controlled unit to minimize the risk of damage to your stored items. Acorn Mini Storage offers plenty of climate controlled storage at our 15 conveniently-located Minnesota storage facilities.

What is a climate controlled unit?

Climate controlled storage is a type of storage unit that often keeps the items stored inside at what you might consider “room temperature.” Some climate controlled units are heated in the winter and cooled in summer, whereas others may just have either heating or cooling, depending on the climate. Most climate controlled storage units are inside a building, but they can have exterior entrances as well.

Do I need a climate controlled unit?

Climate controlled storage can be a good fit for businesses and homeowners or renters who need some additional space to store equipment, clothes, personal belongings, or even important files. Renting a climate controlled unit is especially recommended when the items you are storing are sensitive to extreme temperatures. For instance, some of the common items placed in climate controlled storage include:

  • Documents
  • Photographs
  • Artwork
  • Antiques
  • Computers
  • Furniture, especially if it’s wooden or metal
  • Mattresses
  • Clothing or other fabric, such as linens and bedding


As a rule of thumb, if you wouldn’t store it outside or in a basement, consider renting climate controlled storage for it. Depending on the types of items you’re placing in storage, you may not need to worry about climate control. Some tools and outdoor equipment don’t require climate controlled storage; if it lives in a shed or underneath a deck, you can probably store it in a standard storage unit.

What should I avoid placing into climate controlled storage?

Even though climate controlled storage can be approached like storage in an attached garage, you can’t store everything in a climate controlled unit. Just like a standard storage unit, some of the things you might want to avoid placing in a climate controlled storage unit include hazardous chemicals, firearms, perishables, and other items. If you have specific questions on what items are prohibited at our storage facility, don’t hesitate to contact us! 

How do I know how much climate controlled storage to rent?

Deciding just how much storage space you need can be difficult, especially when you don’t know where to start. That’s why we have a unit size guide and a storage calculator that you can use to help you estimate which unit size is best for you. You can also visit your nearest facility and ask for a tour to help gauge the right kind of space to meet your needs.

Where can I find climate controlled storage in Minneapolis?

Finding affordable self storage for your Minneapolis home or business is simple, as is locating climate controlled storage. At Acorn Mini Storage, we offer the convenience of local self storage that’s close to home. Find your climate controlled storage unit at one of our 15 area locations and rent or reserve it online today.

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