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How to make a Climate Controlled Shipping Container

Posted by Susan LaPlante-Dube on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 @ 12:43 PM

The seasons are changing here in AustinTexas but the heat is always on peoples mind.  I get asked all the time, how can I keep the stuff in my shipping container from cooking in the heat in Austin and San Antonio? 

There are a lot of different ways to keep temperatures close to manageable but the most effective way we've found is to insulate and cool the shipping container - something we call the Cool Box. 

Here's how we do it:

  • Insulate the walls, ceiling, and doors with R5 insulation
  • Cut a hole at one end in order to add an A/C unit (a standard window unit works fine)
  • Mount the A/C in the rear wall of the shipping container.  Make sure it's secure and easy to transport. 
  • The bigger the shipping container, the bigger the A/C.

While this method won't create a refrigerated shipping container, it will certainly remove some of the heat from your shipping container and help keep some of your heat sensitive belongings a little safer.  If you have any questions about our climate controlled shipping containers feel free to email me at and follow me on twitter at

Tags: Shipping Container, Container Modifications, San Antonio Texas, Austin Texas