Monday, December 05, 2005

Why Is It Heated?

The many throngs of dedicated readers of this blog may recall my feelings on self-storage facilities. At this time, I would like to take a moment to address such places of business again. This time though, I will focus on a different aspect of these establishments—climate control.

box houseIt seems that a big "feature" touted by all the self-storage facilities is "heated" this and "climate-controlled" that. Now, perhaps I'm just an uncivilized Philistine (perhaps?!?), but I find myself experiencing difficulty trying to conceive of what practical use heated storage could have over non-heated storage. In fact, the only practical use I can think of at all would be to use the storage unit as an actual living quarters. Think about it, at under $200 per month for ~250 square feet, its a screaming housing deal. Come to think of it, I haven't seen these heated "storage units" offered up outside of the Seattle area, where housing is ridiculously expensive and winters are chilly and wet. Of course, that could be because I don't go outside of the Seattle area.

Assuming that this is indeed a national phenomenon, aside from being a harbinger of societal doom, what does it mean? Well, I said I couldn't think of any practical uses for such a service, but I can definitely think of some bizarre uses for it. For instance, perhaps people use heated storage to store their unused lava lamps. They would probably break if they froze, and you never know when you'll need your lava lamps again, so getting rid of them would of course be unthinkable. Or maybe people put their frozen meat in the heated storage unit and then retrieve it a few days later after it has thawed, thanks to the magic of climate control. You know how when you have an empty plastic bottle (like the ones that bottled water comes in, or two-liter sodas), and it gets cold and then the walls suck in and the bottle gets all deformed? What better place to store your unused plastic bottles than heated storage, where you won't have to worry about bottle deformation?

So I guess there are at least a few uses for heated self-storage, but I'm thinking that the primary purpose most people pay extra for climate control is so that they won't have to be cold when they're storing their useless junk that they can't bring themselves to permanently part with. Because when you visit a place maybe once every few months, it definitely makes good sense to keep it heated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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4 Comments:

Anonymous Nobody said...

Testing Comments, 1, 2, 3...

11:44 AM, December 06, 2005  
Blogger Kiddo said...

I've always pondered this question, Skor. And I have come up with a conclusion:

I don't know.

5:18 PM, December 06, 2005  
Anonymous Soini said...

One interesting reason is that some smaller bands will use the temperature controlled storage places to keep their instruments and even use them for band practice:

Google Group Thread

There are all sorts of expensive things that dislike changes in temperature.

10:34 PM, December 06, 2005  
Blogger Skor Grimm said...

Okay, fair enough (asking the almighty Google for answers—who would have thought), but that doesn't justify why nearly all the self-storage places around here are "climate-controlled." Seriously, the majority of items people store are junky old books and furniture, basically things that they're too lazy to sell at a garage sale, and too selfish to donate to a thrift store.

7:35 AM, December 07, 2005  

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