1. How a Climate Control System Protects Your Stuff

    November 7, 2018

    You have heard the pitch: “Our weather control technology ensures your valuable possessions remain in mint condition.” What is this, some kind of marketing ploy for businesses that store the gold kept by people waiting for the looming apocalypse?
    No, it is a common feature state of the art storage facilities offer. The key for you is to wade through the claims of weather control to find the right business to protect your most valuable stuff.

    What You Should Consider for Weather Control

    Let’s face it: Standard locations for securing personal and business assets is enough for most customers looking to store inventory outside of a home or a commercial building. However, items such as antiques, fine art, electronic equipment, and musical instruments require spaces that offer a stable climate. The question is, what should climate control bring to the table for your most valuable possessions?

    Protection from Extreme Temperatures
    You do not have to live in the Sonora Desert in Arizona or in the Great Icebox called Duluth, Minnesota to appreciate the benefit of a temperature controlled environment for securing your stuff. In many regions of the United States, temperatures can reach 100 degrees during summer and drop well below freezing in winter. An advanced, state-of-the-art storage unit will remain between 55 and 65 degrees 24 hours per day, seven days a week to ensure even delicate chocolate remains intact for several weeks at a time.

    Dehumidify Your Stuff
    The best businesses for climate humidity systems use one of two primary types of dehumidifiers to prevent moisture from damaging items like wood furniture and metal commercial equipment. Desiccant dehumidifiers deploy a dry chemical substance to expunge moisture from the surrounding air. The chemical substance has no effect on climate vulnerable possessions. Also referred to as refrigeration systems, mechanical dehumidifiers use a strong refrigerant to keep moisture from invading your personal storage space.

    The Air Your Stuff Breathes

    What does air have to do with climate controlled spaces? Well, you do not need to contact Al Gore to discover the answer. Spaces free of dust and debris do a much better job of preserving expensive artwork and other valuable possessions. A first-rate space for storing your stuff will have a completely sealed interior that prevents dust and debris from collecting on the cherished family portrait, as well as the special coin collection that is worth thousands of dollars.

    Air, humidity, and temperature control is a feature that can increase the cost of a space for storing your things. However, the small additional cost is well worth the preservation of family heirlooms that not even a Geico appraiser can put a number on for settling an insurance claim.


  2. What Items Require a Climate Controlled System?

    October 14, 2018

    Climate change is one of those “hot button” issues that make our eyes roll. On one side we have the scientific community that refers to doubters as members of the Flat Earth Society. On the other side, we have skeptics that question that if we are indeed mired in a significant change in weather patterns, why does Al Gore continue to fly across the world in a jumbo jet and illuminate each of the 14 rooms inside his home. Like most political issues, somewhere in between climate change skeptics and Bill Nye the Science Guy is the truth.
    For storing some items away from home, there is only one inconvenient truth: you need the right temperature and humidity level to preserve some of your more cherished things.
    Let’s see what items require a climate control system.

    when you need climate control facility
    Wooden Furniture

    Most types of wood can crack or warp when exposed to excessive moisture over prolonged periods. If left unprotected for more than a few months, wooden furniture begins to decay and eventually rot. If you need to secure wooden furniture such as a chair, table, nightstand, and/or entertainment center, a climate controlled facility should be at the top of your list. Property Manager Mary Kuhnle of Plano, Texas says “When you get climate control, you aren’t just getting a controlled climate; you’re also getting humidity control. The lower the humidity, the better.”

    Wine

    Temperatures that often change in a kitchen or basement can oxidize wine, which leaves a bitter, metallic-like flavor. Wine collectors invest plenty of money in preserving wine, which makes storing wine on another property an economical way to ensure long lasting quality. Although red and white wines should be stored in two different climates, you can find an acceptable middle ground by storing wine on a property that maintains an internal unit temperature between 55 and 57 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Appliances

    The extra washer and dryer does not fit downstairs in the basement or out in the unheated garage. A property dedicated to securing large appliances is your best bet for keeping your appliances in mint condition. Excessive moisture can cause rust to form on dishwashers and microwaves. Extreme heat can damage the mechanical parts that effortlessly wash your clothes and dry the dishes. A climate control system will prevent mold from growing within a household appliance. Make sure to clean and dry every appliance thoroughly before securing the appliances on a climate controlled property.

    It is crucial to know which items require specific storing temperatures. Be sure to take this information into account before booking a unit at our facility. We want your items staying in the best condition possible.


  3. Why a Carport Isn’t Enough Protection For Your Vehicle

    September 21, 2018

    The debate between adding a garage and building a carport to store a vehicle has raged on since the invention of the automobile. Carports are typically less costly to build, as well as take less time to construct. You use less materials and the size of the standard carport is usually smaller than the standard garage, making carports easier to erect.

    why carports aren't enough protection

    With more places offering options to store your vehicle, the question of building a garage or carport has changed to building a carport or utilizing the services of a business that specializes in securing vehicles of all sizes.

    Overview of Carports

    The flexibility of carport designs allows homeowners to build the structures anywhere they’d like on their property. Local ordinances are less restrictive for the construction of carports than regulations are for adding garages. Carports typically consist of a flat or gable roof with at least four supports. Considering most have two or four open sides, it’s clear that a carport is not enough protection for your vehicle.

    Disadvantages of Carports

    Choosing a business that specializes in securing vehicles over the construction of a carport boils down to two reasons: a carport does not deter thieves and it offers little if any protection against bad weather.

    A Thief’s Paradise
    With two or four open sides, carports are magnets for thieves. Unlike a business that has a security system, a tall fence or electronically operated gate, a carport is an open invitation for a thief to hotwire your vehicle. Storing a vehicle at a business dedicated to offering advanced security measures ensures protection for an antique car or a contemporary recreational vehicle. If you decide to place car accessories in a carport, you can expect the accessories to disappear within a few days of parking the car under the open-ended structure.

    No Protection against Mother Nature
    Tenants of businesses that offer vehicle storage enjoy the peace of mind of knowing their cherished vehicles are protected against harsh weather elements like hail, snow, and sleet, as well as the debris blown around by high winds. Carports do not protect your prized investment; in fact, you receive about the same amount of protection leaving the vehicle out in the street. Open carport sides also make your vehicle vulnerable to the damage caused by prolonged exposure to sunlight.

    Vehicle owners that want to slow down the depreciation rate should consider storing a vehicle inside a fully covered and highly protected structure monitored by professionals working in the storage industry.


  4. Moving – Key Tips to Making Your House Move Easier

    August 15, 2018


    If you have ever had to move before, you would agree that it can be quite stressful. There are many challenges we encounter when we try to manage the bulk of our property efficiently. Today, however, we will be learning a few tips that could reduce the rigorous procedure of a move to a smoother and more convenient one for your family.

    Create an All-encompassing Checklist for Your Move

    To have an easy move, make a checklist of things to do before and during the day of the move. A clearly laid out plan has a way of bringing order and organization to anything; it is sure to spare you the horror of forgetting anything and to save you time.

    Vital activities to include in your checklist

    Pre-move checklist

     Call your movers or book a truck if you choose to go the DIY route.
     Box and label your property accordingly.
     Create a master-list, an inventory of sorts for each box. This will help you know its contents without opening them.
     Ensure fragile or breakable wares are labeled with a fluorescent tape or any other easily identifiable tape. This would keep them from being tossed around thoughtlessly.
     Arrange for your electricity, gas, and internet in your new home.
     Go update your address at your local post office.

    Move-in Day checklist

     Ensure your movers have the right pick up and drop off address.
     Keep lots of water handy – your energy levels must be kept up
     Collate all old keys, both functional and spare ones.
     Confirm that your gas and hot water is turned off, Lock all doors and windows.
     Your day is likely going to be long, so ensure you pack a bag of spare clothes, bed sheets and yes, a first aid kit box too.

    Managing your kids and your pets

    As a family, moving can take its toll on your kids and your pet. For your kids, their age would determine how much they understand about what you’re doing, why you’re packing away all their toys and even their beds! Try to bring them in on what’s happening. Give them little tasks that they can handle, and reward them for a job well done.
    Your pets would have some adjusting to do too. Ensure you put all their favorite toys in place at your new home. Try as much as possible to not alter their diet or feeding times when you move, and make sure the doors are sealed at all times. These measures would help them feel at home sooner, and keep them from running away.

    Oops! I think I may need storage!

    Don’t worry. Thankfully, you’re not the first hoarder on the planet; many persons have got more properties than they can account for. We have a premium facility in Sioux City that has a wide range of unit sizes capable of handling just about anything you want stored. You can take advantage of our seamless payment methods, our round-the-clock rental accessibility, and our convenient rates today. No matter what you have got to store, we have got room for you!


  5. What’s In The Box?: 1980s

    July 23, 2018

    One of the best things about self-storage is the ability to preserve gadgets and mementos of the past in a safe place. Each box in your storage unit tells a part of your story and gives a little glimpse into who you are. Similarly, a storage unit can also serve as a time capsule showcasing popular trends through the decades.

    With a plethora of new technology, groundbreaking music, and bold fashion, the 1980s is one of the most easily recognized and beloved decades in history. It paved the way for many cultural trends that are still popular today including rock/pop music, denim everything, the science fiction genre, and so on.

    If you’re a Gen Xer, we’re willing to bet you still own at least one of the items in each category. Take a journey down memory lane as we explore the best of each decade, starting with the 1980s!

    Electronics:

    • Walk-man
    • Cassette/mix tapes
    • Long Cord Phones
    • Atari video game console
    • Boombox

    Clothes:

    • Shoulder pads
    • Acid washed jeans
    • Members Only jackets
    • Parachute pants
    • Velvet dresses

    Accessories:

    • Lace gloves
    • Ray Bans
    • Fanny packs
    • Scrunchies
    • Leg warmers

    Movies on VHS:

    • “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”
    • “The Breakfast Club”
    • “E.T.”
    • “Back to the Future”
    • “The Goonies”

    Music Albums:

    • “Thriller,” Michael Jackson
    • “Back in Black,” AC/DC
    • “Like A Virgin,” Madonna
    • “Synchronicity,” The Police
    • “Born in the U.S.A.,” Bruce Springsteen

     
    Did we miss anything? How many of these items do you own? Let us know your favorite 80s trends below!
     


  6. If Jurassic Park Characters Took on Self-Storage

    June 21, 2018

    This weekend, the second installment of Jurassic World hits theaters. Looking back on the Jurassic Park franchise there are so many great characters, each with their own set of strengths. Though it’s hard to pick a favorite, there will always have a special place in people’s hearts for the original film and its golden trio Dr. Grant (Sam Neill), Dr. Sattler (Laura Dern), and Dr. Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum).

    We couldn’t help but wonder if put to the test, how each character would act while taking on all the facets of self-storage. Let us know if we got it right, got it wrong, or which character you identify with!

    Dr. Alan Grant

    • Specialization: Dinosaur fossilization
    • Memorable quote: “After careful consideration, I’ve decided NOT to endorse your park.”
    • Profile: As an “Alan” you are naturally more reserved. You think before you act which allows you to move with efficiency and order especially when under pressure. You’re probably the person whose boxes have been packed in advance and you’ve scheduled out the course of the moving day. However, if a challenge arises in the process, you keep calm and carry on. A natural-born leader, others look to you when it comes to developing a plan.

    Dr. Ellie Sattler

    • Specialization: Plant fossilization
    • Memorable quote: “We can discuss sexism in survival when I get back from saving you.”
    • Profile: If you’re an “Ellie” people can always count on you to show up and deliver on a promise. Unintimidating yet tenacious, you aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty when it comes to moving. Whether you’re gathering supplies from the hardware store or volunteering to load boxes into a van, you’re the definition of a “hard worker.” You’ll most likely be the first to volunteer and the last to leave, always with a smile on your face. Your positive energy inspires others

    Dr. Ian Malcolm

    • Specialization: Mathematics and Chaos Theory
    • Memorable quote: “God help us, we’re in the hands of engineers”
    • Profile: You’re definitely the one providing the entertainment for the journey. Intelligent and witty, you keep the mood light yet the wheels in your brain are always turning. You might not be the most conventional person, and you probably prefer to DIY than follow any type of instructions. It’s important to note there’s a method to your madness and order will always be the end result. You’re a risk taker who does things according to their own time tables, which may occasionally worry the highly organized individual.

  7. Take Back Your Garage With These 4 Easy Questions

    May 9, 2018

    Garages tend to be a universal space to store all kinds of things. Big things, small things, odd shaped things, and everything in between. Garages can become a catch-all for memorabilia, recreational equipment, and general storage overflow. Not sure if your wife will let you bring that questionable contraption in the house? The garage will have to do.

    Over time these spaces tend to become cluttered, disorganized and sometimes become a point of contention between spouses, roommates and the like. Too much stuff piled up can turn into a mountain of stress. By asking yourself the following questions, you can determine whether to toss it, keep it, or store it in a space that’s secure, and maybe even climate controlled.

    De-clutter Your Garage
    When was the last time I used this?
    Our interests and priorities change as our personal and professional lives evolve. For example, that scuba gear you’ve held onto for 20 years and took with you when you moved to a landlocked state, toss it! It’s no longer in use but has become the butt of jokes with family and friends. If the last time you’ve used something was years ago and your reason for keeping it is that you may use it again given a hypothetical scenario, it may be time to part ways. If certain items are on the more expensive side, consider a secure unit for peace of mind.

    Do I have duplicates of this item?
    It can be easy to purchase multiples of the same thing over the years. Sometimes we decide to upgrade, sometimes we see a deal we can’t seem to pass up, and sometimes we simply forget we already have an item. If an item serves the same purpose, consider donating older items and keeping the one that you gravitate towards most.

    Is this item still in good condition?
    Over time stuff has the tendency to wear and age, especially when exposed to the heat and cold, bugs and critters, or dust and dirt . If something is broken, consider if it’s worth the time and/or money to fix it or if it’s worth buying a new one.

    Is this item best fit for the garage?
    Keep in mind that garages are more prone to the elements, as they do not have climate control. Those precious family albums, you’ll want to get those into a climate-controlled unit immediately and stop weather related wear.

    By considering your use of items and their intrinsic and physical value, you’ll soon be able to take back your garage.


  8. Memorable “FRIENDS” Moving Moments

    April 11, 2018

    In honor of National Best Friends’ Day, we thought we’d share our favorite moving moments from a little show you might have heard of…You know, the one that takes place in New York City and stars a group of six FRIENDS?

    Memorable Friends TV Show Moving Moments
    #5 “The One Where Mr. Heckles Dies” (2.03)
    Imagine if your crazy, eccentric neighbor left you all of their bizarre belongings? That’s what happens to Monica and Rachel when weird, downstairs neighbor Mr. Heckles dies and in spite, grants the girls all his material possessions. Because who doesn’t want to inherit someone’s book of grievances?

    Takeaway: Declutter regularly so you don’t become a hoarder. For things you only need at some points during the year, rent storage with us.

    #4 “The One With Ross’ Grant” (10.06)
    Phoebe gifts Monica a horrifying three-dimensional painting named Gladys, after Monica pretends to like it. When Monica tricks Joey into taking the painting for his and Rachel’s apartment, a battle ensues over who must take Gladys and who gets Glynnis, an even scarier 3D painting Phoebe has made.

    Takeaway: Be honest if you’re not going to use something.

    #3 “The One with the Embryos” (4.12)
    We see Monica’s competitiveness get the best of her when she loses Joey’s bet that he and Chandler know more about the girls than they do the guys. The result? She and Rachel are forced to trade apartments with Chandler and Joey. Even now, we still couldn’t tell you what Chandler’s job actually is…

    Takeaway: Consult your housemate or spouse before making a big decision regarding your living situation.

    #2 “The One Where Rosita Dies” (7.13)
    When Monica and Ross find out their parents are selling their home, they go to pick up their childhood belongings only to find that all of Monica’s boxes were flooded. Ross might be the clear favorite of his parents but before you feel too bad for Monica, just remember that she receives her dad’s Porsche as a guilt gift.

    Takeaway: Store your boxes somewhere safe from the elements.

    #1“The One with the Cop” (5.16)
    Was there any doubt this iconic moment in television would be number one? You’ll never hear the word “PIVOT” again without immediately picturing Ross, Rachel, and Chandler attempting to move a sofa up an elevator-less apartment building. Another reason why Ross is the worst and Chandler Bing is comedy-gold.

    Takeaway: Save bigger moving tasks for the professionals.


  9. 3 Must-Haves for the Best Boating Day Ever

    March 14, 2018

    Everyone knows that summer in Sioux City means sitting back, relaxing and boating on the Missouri River. It also means sipping on a cold bottle of beer while listening to your favorite country tunes, one of our favorites being “Pontoon” by Little Big Town.

    Not only does the song make you wish you were setting sail on the open water, but also provides great instructions on how to have the best boating day ever.
    Boating In The Missouri River

    Feel free to sing along as we share three, Little-Big-Town-approved ways to “beat the heat” this summer:

    “Reach your hand down into the cooler…”

    Bringing a packed-to-the-max cooler might be the single most important thing to remember for your day on the river (besides life-jackets and sunscreen, of course). We recommend freezing half your water bottles the night before so they can as both an ice pack for other cooler items and as a beverage for later. Boating at night? Throw some glow sticks in the bottom!

    “Just don’t rock the boat while I BBQ…”

    A day at the river isn’t complete without munching on some delicious grub. The most convenient option for lunch is to pack a variety of sub sandwiches, containers of fruit, and bags of chips. If you have a portable grill and really want to go all out, serve up some burgers or BBQ with all the fixings.

    “Floatin’ is all I wanna do…”

    While water skiing can be fun, a day on the river is best spent relaxing and floating alongside your friends in a tube or noodle. It’s always a good idea to bring bright colored inner tubes so they’re easy to spot in the water. Don’t forget to wear your lifejacket at all times too!

    After you’re done having fun in the sun, drop your boat back off at Sioux City Storage. We’ll keep it safe until your next adventure.


  10. How To Use The 3D Storage Calculator

    February 7, 2018

    3D Storage Calculator Sioux City, IA

    Whether you’re a veteran self-storage tenant or you want to rent a unit for the first time, using the 3D storage calculator on our website can greatly help! If you’ve rented a unit before and your storage needs have changed, you may be wondering what size will fit your belongings and your budget. If you have more to store than you did before, you will likely need a larger storage space than your current unit. If have fewer belongings to store than you did in the past, a smaller unit with less square feet than what your current storage rental offers may be just right for you.

    Saving Money With the Help of the 3D Storage Calculator

    Choosing the right unit size can help you get the most back for your buck. If you get a larger unit than what you need, you may be paying for extra square feet that you aren’t using. However, if you underestimate the unit size you’ll need, you might get stuck with a storage space that can’t store all of your belongings. The 3D storage calculator gives you an appropriate estimate of the unit size you’ll need for your items in square feet.

    How to Use the 3D Storage Calculator

    The 3D storage calculator offers a few ways to determine the best storage space for you. One way is that you can select the number of bedrooms that are in your current home, from 1-4 bedrooms.
    The second way involves selecting the items you want to store in your unit from a long list of household items and furniture that are commonly kept in a storage space. A visual 3D diagram of your recommended unit size with your chosen belongings in the unit will be shown.

    3D Storage Diagram

    The recommended unit size, such as a 10 feet by 10 feet unit, will be displayed to let you know what storage space you should choose based on your needs. For example, you could select 1 queen size bed, 4 coffee tables, 2 nightstands, and 3 dressers in the storage calculator, you’ll see those items inside the 3D storage diagram.
    The 3D storage diagram can even give you some ideas for how to place your items in storage so you can maximize the space you have, such as placing a mattress on its side instead of flat on the ground. Try stacking chairs and small coffee tables if possible to save space.

    Renting with Affordable Storage

    Whether you’re in Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, or the surrounding area, Affordable Storage is your local storage solution. With three convenient locations, we are sure to have a facility that is close to your home or office. We also allow for online rentals on a smartphone, tablet, or computer from our website 24 hours a day. When you store with us, you’ll receive friendly service, high-quality storage spaces, and secure units at a great price.