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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Comparing Different Types Of Wine Refrigeration Units

September 5th, 2018

What type of wine refrigeration unit will best suit your wine cellar? This is actually classic question, especially for neophyte wine cellar owners. If you’re one of them, this is something you should consider carefully. You have to ensure that the unit you choose will be able to preserve ideal storage conditions 24/7 – for a long, long time. There are quite a few different styles of wine refrigeration units so let’s explore them in detail:Through-the-Wall units

Through-the-wall Wine Refrigeration Units

First up, we have the Through-the-wall wine cooling systems. This self-contained air conditioning unit is exactly how itnis named. It is mounted literally through the wall. This is the type of system which is best for smaller sized cellars. That’s because it has a limited cooling capacity. Compact projects such as closet and under stairwell transformations will find this as the most appropriate unit. Moreover, you do not need an HVAC technician for the installation of a through-the-wall wine refrigeration system.

Ductless wine refrigeration systems

Ductless Wine Refrigeration Units

Ductless systems are also pretty popular with a lot of our wine cellar projects. These units are connected by small cables and a refrigerant line to an indoor or outdoor condenser. One of the advantages of this kind of unit is that it possesses a quiet evaporator. You will also be able to remotely locate the condenser indoors or outdoors. However, an HVAC technician is required to install for some of the units. Also, there are vents to an adjoining space that is twice the size of the wine cellar. You will also find that a single piece unit has very limited range of distance that can be located from the wine cellar. Plus, there is no humidity control for this type of system and it takes up a lot of bottle space. That’s why it’s mostly recommended for large-sized cellars.

Ducted Wine Refrigeration Systems

Ducted Wine Refrigeration Systems

Lastly, there’s the ducted wine refrigeration systems. Here, the supply and return air is ducted to and from the wine cellar. This wine refrigeration unit emulates a a central air-conditioning system. One of its best features is how quiet the unit is. In fact, it is the quietest of all the wine refrigeration styles. Like the ductless system, an HVAC technician  is required to install for some units.

If you need detailed assistance in selecting the most appropriate wine refrigeration system for your cellar, don’t forget that WCI can provide that for you. Get in touch with our wine cellar professionals for a stress-free construction experience. ^_^

What’s New With The Wine Guardian Cooling Units

March 19th, 2018

Wine cellar refrigeration systems are getting more sophisticated as time passes. This is definitely a good thing because look at what we can do right now with our wine cellar projects. We can build a wine cellar practically anywhere in our home. And as for restaurants and other similar establishments, they can accommodate their wine merchandise with ease as well. This is all thanks to the capacity of modern wine cooling systems. So when you purchase yours, make sure you know all the fine details. You will need to purchase a unit that best suits your wine storage needs.

Why choose Wine Guardian

Wine Guardian wine cooling units

Wine Guardian is one of the leading names when it comes to wine cellar cooling solutions. These units incorporate cooling, heating, filtration, humidification, ducting, internal safety devices and low ambient control as integrated solutions. Moreover, the systems are also capable of multiple installation configurations. These include through-the-wall (flush, fully recessed or semi-recessed); remote mount; indoor or outdoor. Outdoor units are fully protected from weather changes.

Now all these features make the Wine Guardian one of the best systems to use in a residential application. But it is also an ideal choice for commercial wine establishments as well, including restaurants and bars. Why so? Let’s talk about the Serving Temperature option of the Wine Guardian units.

The Serving Temperature option allows the unit to control to an extended temperature range from 42°F to 64°F (5°C to 18°C).  This makes it ideal for single to multiple cabinet applications and small wine rooms where consumption-temperature cooling is preferred. With this option, the user can also rotate wine stock and change set point from season to season. This makes it the perfect wine cellar cooling solution for restaurants, wine bars, clubs, and other similar establishments.

So breaking it down into finer details, the following sum up the features of the Serving Temperature option:

  • Ability to set and adjust serving temperature from 42° – 64°F (5° – 18°C)
  • Duct locations can be placed anywhere within the cabinet, offering greater design flexibility
  • Remote sensors and/or controls can be used for ease of monitoring
  • Cooling system is placed outside of the cabinet, maximizing storage space
  • Condition single or multiple cabinets
  • Water-cooled or air-cooled systems are available

Moreover, this option is available with nearly all Wine Guardian units. Naturally, we recommend getting in touch with a professional consultant first to ensure that your needs will be met. WCI offers complimentary wine cooling needs analysis, so all you need to do is get in touch with us today. ^_^

Wine Refrigeration: What Wine Cooling Unit Should You Choose?

January 23rd, 2017

Without a doubt, a proper wine refrigeration unit is indispensable to any wine cellar project. While nowadays, one can build a formal wine cellar anywhere in their home, it’s imperative that ideal wine storage conditions should be maintained. This can be accomplished if you choose the most suitable wine cooling system for your wine cellar. The question though, is this: What wine cooling unit should you you choose? Or to put it in another way: Which wine refrigeration unit is best for your wine cellar? Here are some very useful tips to point you in the right direction!

Wine Cooling Systems

What is “heat load calculation?”

Now one of the most important concepts you’ll need to understand in choosing a wine cooling unit that’s the right fit for your project is “heat load calculation.” Keep in mind that if you are a collector of fine wine, or do not plan on drinking your current wine bottles for the next few years, a cooling unit is a must. There are many options of cooling units and which refrigeration cooling unit you buy is determined by how you need to set up your wine cellar. WCI actually offers free heat load, or BTU cooling unit analysis, on your wine storage room.

Wine Cooling Units

Note that a building or room, such as a wine cellar, gains heat from many sources. Appliances, furniture, gadgets, the people inside the room – all of these generate heat. Warm air from outside enters through open doors and windows, or as ‘leakage’ though the structure. But for the record, the biggest source of heat is solar radiation from the sun, beating down on the roof and walls, and pouring through the windows, heating internal surfaces. This is why it’s highly recommended to build a wine cellar in the basement or other parts of the house that will make temperature and humidity levels easier to maintain.

So basically, sum of all these heat sources is know as the heat gain (or heat load) of the building. This is measured in either in BTU (British Thermal Units) or Kw (Kilowatts). The kind of wine refrigeration unit your wine cellar will need will depend largely on the heat load calculation, given your specific room size and geographical needs. Once the BTU analysis on your wine cellar is done, it’s time to look into the various types of wine refrigeration systems – which we will be discussing in length in next week’s blog. So don’t forget to bookmark us and check out the next essential steps to properly cooling your wine cellar. ^_^

WCI Consultation Services And What We Can Do For You

September 28th, 2015

Undertaking a wine cellar project can indeed be daunting, particularly for first-timers. There will be so many questions that need to be addressed from beginning to end of the construction. It’s only natural that stress will definitely rear its ugly head and anxieties will pop up one after the other. And this is where you’ll find that turning to WCI’s consultation services is a must.

Best of Houzz 2015 Service Awardee

Classic Mahogany Redwood Wine Racks

We’ve been the proud recipient of the Best of House 2015 Service Awardee and we really try our best with every client’s request to live up to that. For those who have little to no idea what this is all about,  Houzz is a highly popular website showcasing the projects of of top-rated remodeling professionals in the US and all over the globe as well as the latest buzz on home design trends.

They award “Best of Houzz” honors to home improvement professionals. Basically, this recognition is split into two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in the previous year. WCI has already reaped the Best of Houzz 2014 in the Customer Satisfaction category. It’s just pretty amazing and humbling that we have managed to snag this award again this year. So today, we bring you some proof of why our customer services have been stamped with such honors:

Premium Redwood Unstained Wine Racks

We recently received this query from a client who was in the process of building his wine cellar:

“I have a question regarding the cooling unit and the construction of the wine room. The wine room will be located within the dining room of a restaurant that does not have air conditioning. We are concerned with the possibility of the glass windows of the wine room fogging up due to the temperature difference. Do you have any wine room recommendations to minimize this problem or have you dealt with this issue before on another project? Just wondering if you have any helpful tips when building the wine room so we can provide our client with the best performance out of their new wine room.”

Our professional consultants provided a detailed reply, complete with a Dew Point calculator to guide the client in a most efficient manner:

“Condensation is caused by reaching the dew point.  You reach the dew point by a combination of temperature and humidity. Most conditioned spaces are typically 70 degrees and around 35 – 40% relative humidity. So if you use a dew point calculator you will see if the outside 70 degrees and 40% relative humidity then the dew point is 44 degrees. So if your space on the opposite side is 44 degrees it will condensate, but not above that temperature. Change the relative humidity to 59 and the temperature rises to 55 degrees. If you are keeping your cellar at 55 degrees then it will condensate.  In sum, the answer is you need to control one or the other, or both – there are hundreds of ways to handle it depending on what works best for the particular application.”