Heated Storage: Protect your valuables from the cold

About heated storage units

Heated storage units maintain temperatures within a specific range at all times of the year, even in the dead of winter. This protects liquid items by ensuring that they won't freeze and protects equipment like electronics that can be damaged by extreme temperatures.

Heated storage units typically cost more than unheated units. The exact difference in price depends on the unit's location and size. A heated storage unit in Alaska, for example, would cost more than one in Florida because the facility will spend more warming the Alaska unit than it will spend warming the Florida unit. Since it takes more heat to keep a large unit warm than a small unit, you will also typically pay more for a large heated storage unit.

  • During the cold months in your area, the facility monitors temperatures inside the storage space, and spaces are heated as needed to preserve your belongings.
  • Heated storage units also keep you warm and comfortable during visits.

When you need a heated storage unit

When deciding whether or not to take on the added cost of a heated storage unit, the first thing to consider is the time of year your items will be stored and the amount of time they will remain there. For instance, if your belongings will go into storage in a warm time of year and for just a couple of months, a heated unit may not be the best choice. If, however, you place your belongings in storage during a cold time of year or if you plan to keep them there for an extended period, heated storage is worth considering.

You also need to think about the items you plan to store. Extreme cold can damage furniture, musical instruments, computers, cameras, TVs, photos, antiques, paintings and collectibles. Items that may not require a heated storage unit are things like metal tools, exercise equipment, or items that don’t contain liquid.

If your list of items for storage includes a combination of things that could use a heated storage unit and things that don't need it, break down your list. Are there just a couple of items that need heat? Maybe you can find space in your place of business or home for them, and you can put everything  else in a unit without heat. If your list consists mostly of items that need to stay warm and dry, a heated storage unit might be the better option.

Don't forget to think about the value of the things you want to store. If important files or items with sentimental value will be stored, the added protection of heated storage can give you peace of mind.


Heated storage keeps your belongings from getting too cold and is ideal for a variety of items, including:

  • Paintings and photos
  • Antiques
  • Family Heirlooms
  • Musical Instruments
  • Wine
  • Collectibles
  • Leather, Suede, and other sensitive materials

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