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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Choosing Your Wine Cellar Cooling Unit

February 13th, 2019

How important is it to know about wine storage? As a collector, proper knowledge regarding wine storage is indispensable. The first thing that one should keep in mind is that wine storage began centuries ago in the underground caves of Europe. These caves provided the consistent storing conditions that allowed wine to age at an elegant pace. By convention, these conditions have become the standard for modern wine cellars. So if we’re talking about ideal wine cellar temperature, the range is 55-58 degrees with 55-75% relative humidity. Therefore, it only makes sense that your wine cellar will be able to emulate these similar conditions. So in choosing your wine cellar cooling unit, there are quite a few key considerations:

Understand the various refrigeration systems…

Wine refrigeration systems keep evolving over time. There are different sizes and styles to suit varying wine storage purposes. The bottom line, of course, is that your wine refrigeration unit should be able to provide ideal wine storage conditions. So before you purchase one, it’s essential to understand the features and functions of each type. Here at WCI, we carry three types of wine refrigeration systems. We have Through-The-Wall units, Ductless Units, and Ducted Units. A Through-The-Wall unit is basically a self-contained air conditioning system that is mounted through the wall. This kind of system is best for smaller cellars, as it has a limited cooling capacity. Ductless systems are units which are connected by small cables and a refrigerant line to an indoor or outdoor condenser. Lastly, we have the Ducted units. Here, 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.

Understanding the pros and cons of these refrigeration systems…

After gaining proper information on the specific features of each wine cellar cooling unit, you also need to know the pros and cons. This will help you select the system that will really suit your wine cellar. Let’s start with the Through-The-Wall units. The biggest advantage of this unit is that you will not need an HVAC technician to install it. However, the downside is that it vents to an adjoining space that is twice the size of the wine cellar. This makes the unit stick out of wall in the adjoining space. You will most likely need a shelf for the unit to rest on and this will take up valuable bottle storage space. So how about the Ductless system? It is reasonably priced and has a quiet evaporator. You will also have the ability to remotely locate the condenser indoors or outdoors. But this unit requires the expertise of an HVAC technician for installation. Also, like the Through-The-Wall unit, this one takes up bottle storage space and has no humidity control. Lastly, there’s the Ducted system. This is the quietest unit you can get. It has add-on options for maximum climate control. You can also remotely locate the condenser indoors or outdoors. Plus, it does not take up bottle storage space. Nonetheless, installation also has to be done by an HVAC technician. A single piece unit has very limited range of distance that can be located from the wine cellar.

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. ^_^