Storing wine is one of the most important things to a wine aficionado, and that means a space where the temperature and humidity can be easily controlled and regulated. Those who wish to go a step beyond the average small unit you can buy in many different retail stores may wish to create a room or display space for doing so, known as a “wine cellar”. However, before you jump into a wine cellar project, there are a few things you should know.
There Are Three Types of Cooling Units
Wine cellar cooling units come in several types that are remarkably similar to air conditioners: self-contained, ducted, ductless, and ductless mini-split systems. Depending on the system you want, you may be able to install it yourself, but the most effective and preferred types, the ducted and ductless systems, should be left to the hands of a Fredericksburg air conditioning expert, since they will require a substantial amount of highly-specialized work.
Air Conditioning Units Are Not Wine Cooling Units
An air conditioning unit is designed to turn on for a short period of time, cool the interior temperature to a certain point, and then turn off. However, they aren’t usually designed to keep homes at the ideal storage temperature for wine—55 degrees. This means you shouldn’t substitute an air conditioner for your wine cellar cooler: you’ll only come to regret it when you’re having trouble keeping the temperature where you need it. You’ll also need extremely precise humidity control.
A Cooling Unit is as Good as Its Insulation
As with air conditioners, wine coolers are only as good as the insulation that keeps the air in your space. This means you’ll need some pretty substantial insulation to keep the cool air in and the warm air out. Glass, cracks in the walls, and more can all lead to heat loss and set your cellar up for failure before you’ve even finished it. Ask an expert about how to take care of these issues effectively.
Climate Control Increases Budget
For those who want a nice play to display their collection without killing their budget, a lot of aficionados choose a “passive” cellar, which uses ambient temperatures in a room that is not exposed to a lot of light and heat through windows. Adding a cooling system gives you more flexibility, but also adds a big chunk to the cost of this already pricey addition. Take a while and carefully consider your budget before going with a cooled system.
A cooling unit can only do so much. If your cellar is placed in direct sunlight with glass on all sides, your cooling unit is going to have an extremely difficult time keeping the temperatures separated. Exterior walls, heating vents, and other heat-generating devices will also add to this. Be sure to keep that in mind when choosing where to place your wine cellar.