Poor wine storage conditions cause wine deterioration. Wine has to be kept in a stable environment for it to age properly. It is the main reason many wine collectors invest in a home wine cellar equipped with a refrigeration system. At M&M Cellar Systems, we provide innovative wine cooling solutions for every budget.
Proper Home Wine Cellar Cooling: How Will It Benefit You and Your Collection
When building a wine storage facility, every component must be installed correctly. One of the components that plays a crucial role in the proper aging of wine is the refrigeration system. Wine must be kept in a cold and humid environment to preserve its desirable characteristics.
Do you know the common causes of wine storage problems? Read on to learn more.
Installing the Wrong Size of Wine Cooling Unit
Proper sizing of your wine refrigeration system is crucial to ensuring the cooling efficiency of your wine cellar. Installing a unit that is too small for your wine room can cause wine spoilage because it will not be able to provide the ideal conditions needed by wine to age. On the other hand, a refrigeration unit that is too big for your wine cellar will also affect the quality of your wines.
Very low temperature is not that bad for your wines, but it will accelerate your wine’s aging process. When this happens for an extended period, the wine will expand as it freezes, apply pressure on the cork, which may crack or break the bottle. There will be air leakage, and an unwanted amount of oxygen will cause premature aging and wine oxidation.
At M&M Cellar Systems, we perform a heat load calculation before choosing the size of the wine cooling system to install in a particular project. It is a process that should be performed correctly to determine the capacity of the refrigeration unit suitable for a wine room. It helps us know the BTUs needed in a wine room.
The ideal wine storage temperature is 55 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The humidity level must range between 50 and 60 percent.
Poorly Installed Wine Cooling Unit
Incorrect installation will also cause significant wine storage and structural problems. To prevent this, you must hire an HVAC specialist who has extensive knowledge and experience in cooling wine cellars. At M&M Cellar Systems, we have proven our reliability and expertise in providing HVAC refrigeration and heating services.
With many years in the industry, we have completed wine cooling system installation projects with top-notch wine room builders. Our team is composed of wine cooling experts who make sure that the room is well insulated before installing the climate control system.
Wine Room Insulation Before the Installation of the Wine Cellar Cooling Unit: Why is it Important?
Wine room preparation is a standard process that should be done by a professional. It involves framing, electrical work, and insulation of the walls and ceiling.
Why is room insulation critical before installing a wine cellar cooling unit? Here are the reasons:
It Prevents Condensation Build-Up
Insulating the wine cellar will prevent extreme changes in temperatures and humidity levels. A lack of or poor insulation will result in condensation build-up, which can trigger mold growth. Mold can affect the structural integrity of your wine cellar and wine racks. It can also damage the cork and wine labels.
We use and recommend closed-cell spray foam insulation because it is known to be the most effective type of insulation. It can fill in even the tiniest gaps in your walls. It can also save you money because it can act as both an insulator and a vapor barrier.
It Helps Keep the Wine Cellar Cooling System to Work Efficiently and Saves Energy
With correct wine room insulation, your wine cellar cooling unit will not be forced to work hard, preventing possible breakdowns, replacement, and repair of your equipment. It will also consume less energy, keeping your electric bill from going up.
Brands and Types of Wine Cellar Cooling Systems for Your Home
M&M Cellar Systems offers commercial-grade wine cellar cooling units from US Cellar Systems, CellarPro, Wine Guardian, and WhisperKOOL. We will recommend the best brand according to your needs. There are different types of wine refrigeration systems available for your home.
- Self-Contained Wine Cooling Units – Also called through the wall units, the self-contained systems are mounted through the wall between wall studs and vents. It requires an adjacent room (mechanical room, garage, or basement) for heat and noise dissipation.
- Ductless Split Wine Refrigeration Systems – This type of home wine cellar cooling unit offers installation flexibility because the evaporator (usually located inside the wine room) and condenser (usually placed outdoors) are installed separately. A line set, which is composed of copper tubing and electrical wiring, is used to connect these two components.
- Ducted Split System – If you do not want any cooling unit visible in your home wine cellar, a ducted split system is recommended for you. The evaporator is ideally installed in a different location in your home, eliminating the use of racking or wall space inside your wine room. Ducting is necessary to cool the wine cellar effectively.
Work with Our Experts in Home Wine Cellar Cooling
Working with M&M Cellar Systems will ensure that the wine cellar cooling unit installed in your home is chosen and installed correctly by our HVAC specialists. If you have any questions or need HVAC heating and cooling services, please call us at +1 (323) 578-3330.