SOURCE: American Steel Buildings

October 30, 2007 10:40 ET

American Steel Buildings Discusses Construction Concerns for Climate-Controlled Self Storage

President of American Steel Buildings Discusses the Finer Points of Installing Air Conditioning in a Mini Storage Building

TULSA, OK--(Marketwire - October 30, 2007) - Climate-controlled storage is becoming more and more popular among both steel and metal storage building owners and renters. Dean Brown, president of American Steel Buildings (, discusses the finer points of installing air conditioning in a mini storage building.

"The average size of a self storage steel building is about 43,000 square feet," Brown said. "That's a lot of area to heat and cool, especially in an energy-efficient manner. There are a lot of people who end up costing themselves more money just because they don't know any better."

Regular self storage buildings only have a 2 inch vapor barrier that goes in the roof to prevent moisture and condensation from forming. Climate control storage buildings, on the other hand, have actual insulation to provide temperature control and better moisture control.

"Some people will just put 6 inches of insulation in the roof and 3 or 4 inches in the walls," Brown said. "It's better to have 6 inches in both the roof and the walls because it helps with energy efficiency. It's just like a house in that if you don't have much insulation, your energy bill will skyrocket."

Brown says that unlike in regular mini storage, climate control depends on airflow, and moving the airflow within the units.

"Some people actually run ducts into each unit, but that's rare and expensive," Brown said. "If you're on a budget, you'll do fine running a 5-ton unit in a 30 ft. by 100 ft. building with several returns and ductwork down the hallway. Maybe put ducts in every third unit, if you want. I've even seen people do ceiling fans in the building down the hallway to increase circulation."

Climate control storage costs about $1.00 to $1.50 more per square foot in terms of building costs, but it can also make a little more money than regular self storage.

"With a climate-controlled self storage building, you can charge a bit more for rent in the units," Brown said. "And there are ways to build it without breaking the bank, though it depends on what area of the country you're in. Southern construction crews are generally cheaper, and if you buy your materials in the Midwest, the pricing is better per square foot."

For more information about climate-controlled self storage steel and metal buildings, visit American Steel Buildings online at

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American Steel Buildings designs and distributes quality pre-engineered commercial steel buildings, including mini-storage/self-storage buildings, offices, shops, retail businesses, warehouses, churches and agricultural buildings.

American Steel planted its roots in the heart of America in the 1980s. American Steel offers service and quality products to a growing customer base that now spans the entire United States.

Since its buildings include construction drawings, most smaller buildings can be erected with basic construction knowledge. However, American Steel also offers erection labor services, and all buildings are designed to be compliant with local codes.

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