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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.”

WineZone: WCI’s Best-Selling Wine Cooling System

September 21st, 2015

It goes without saying that proper wine refrigeration is indispensable to any wine cellar project. You can build the fanciest cellar there is but if your wine cooling system doesn’t create the desired environment for your bottles, it’s a lost cause. You might as well just store your bottles in the fridge which of course, is a big no-no.

So – proper wine refrigeration. What exactly does it consist of? It boils down to simulating the consistent storage conditions which existed in the underground caves of Europe years and years ago. Wine storage actually began in these underground caves and by convention, these conditions have become the norm for modern wine cellars. It’s like the ABC of wine cellar construction: the ideal wine cellar temperature range is 55-58 degrees and 55-75% relative humidity.

Why you can’t go wrong with WineZone

Here at WCI, we carry wine cellar refrigeration systems that are all designed to maintain these ideal conditions, gracefully aging your wines, then keeping them at their peak for years to come. We’re especially proud of our WineZone wine cooling system line, having garnered the “Best Seller” badge among all our wine refrigeration products. It’s all with very good reasons, too. First off, the WineZone line is actually classed into two categories, largely depending on your wine storage needs: the Ductless Split Systems and the Air Handler Ducted Systems. So what’s the difference between the two and how would you know which one to choose for your wine cellar project?

Wine Zone Wine Cooling System

Basically, our industrial quality Winezone Ductless Split Refrigeration systems are ideal for any wine cellar of any size, shape or form. We have healthy selection of units in sizes from 1,500 BTU and larger and built to last under the most demanding conditions. The Ductless Split System features a wine cellar refrigeration evaporator that is quiet as well as attractive, with decibel levels as low as 45 Db. Moreover, the ductless split evaporators require only a single 1/4″ hole through the cellar wall and air handlers provide complete climate control with humidity, de-humidification, and heat options.

WineZone Air Handler

On the other hand, our Air Handler Ducted Systems are designed to be located outside the wine cellar and the supply and return air is “ducted” to and from the wine cellar. This wine refrigeration unit looks like a central air-conditioning system and is just as quiet. It comes equipped with electronic controls and digital displays. Options available with these units are humidifiers, dehumidifiers and alarm modules, just like the Ductless Split. Thanks to the multitude of functions, Winezone Split Air Handler Ducted Systems give you total control of your wine cellar refrigeration.

Note, however, that your wine cellar needs to meet certain specifications prior to the installation of your wine cooling system. If your wine cellar does not meet required heat load conditions which can be found here, please request a heat load calculation be done for your space. We actually provide BTU analysis, 100% free – so get in touch with us today! ^_^

Wine Sentinel: Custom, Convenient, And Cost-Effective

May 11th, 2015

Wine Sentinel Layout

A “custom-built” wine cellar is not limited to a formal one. Anybody can do “custom-built” without it having to be an actual wine room in the home. How so? With the WCI Wine Sentinel, of course!

Your wine, your space, your way!

Wine Storage with Wine SentinelWine Sentinel

Refrigerated wine cabinets are nothing new, of course. But “customized” refrigerated ones definitely are, especially if your choices can influence not just the functionality of your wine cabinet but its style as well. Essentially, that’s exactly what you get with the WCI Wine Sentinel – plus a whole lot more!

The Wine Sentinel’s customizable options include and are not limited to the height and width of the cabinet, the inside racking configuration, the moldings, as well as the wood, stain and finish options. Moreover, you can upgrade your unit to sport fancy, elegant French Doors as well as Raised Panel Cabinetry sides. Note that typically Wine Sentinels are designed to fit into a cavity so no one ever sees the sides of the cabinet. This means that the cabinet ends are not finished. With that being said, if you can see the cabinet end a 7/8” raised panel must be designed to cover the exposed end.

Functionality and design notwithstanding, our custom refrigerated wine cabinets are also one of the most cost-efficient alternatives you can find to a formal wine room. They are specifically designed to maximize wine storage bottle capacity while minimizing the overall space of the cabinet and storage area. And of course, the addition of customizable add-ons such as the French Doors and moldings allow clients to make it a truly unique and attractive feature to prominently place in any area of the home.

Wine Sentinel Wine Refrigeration and Cabinets

Because the Wine Sentinel units are designed internally and externally according to your needs, we have also ascertained that they are properly insulated. The units include a properly specified wine cooling unit for the area and the entire storage area is greeted by 1 or 2 sets of elegant French doors which are also geared with proper insulation values and weather-stripping. Tinted windows can also be provided in order to minimize light exposure to protect the wines but still provide you with an unhampered view of your collection.

Wine Storage

Last but certainly not the least, we’re keen to point out that we can actually design the cabinet to your ceiling height. Moreover, you can have the base, crown, casing and door handles customized as well to mesh your home’s existing decor and make the cabinet appear truly built-in. Now if that’s “custom-built” with a capital C, we don’t know what is! ^_^