For any collector, a cellar is not just a place to store wine. A wine cellar should be an optimized environment to house your valuable collection while each bottle ages to its fullest potential. Wine cellar cooling units regulate the proper temperature and humidity for optimal wine storage, protecting your investment for years to come. Wine cellar cooling unit installation can vary depending on the type of unit being installed. Some can safely be installed by nearly any homeowner, while others must be installed by a certified HVAC contractor. This article explores the differences between through-wall, split and ducted systems, and offers some advice on how to install a wine cellar cooling unit.
Installing a wine cellar cooling unit will help create a consistent, ideal temperature in which to age your wine to its peak bouquet. The ideal temperature for storing wine is 55 degrees Fahrenheit. So long as the wine is held within 3-4 degrees of that, it will be able to maintain its quality for years on end. Anything warmer will allow the wine to age too quickly, and anything cooler will slow the aging process down.
In addition to maintaining the ideal temperature for aging wine, installing a wine cellar cooling unit will also maintain the proper humidity (between 50-70%) needed for sustaining healthy corks. Corks, when properly hydrated, allow only minimal oxygen into the bottle each year, which reacts with the tannins and sulfates to eventually help the bottle blossom into a perfect vintage. If stored in a cellar that is too dry, the cork will dry out, allowing more oxygen to enter the bottle, which can lead to wine evaporation and spoilage. On the other hand, in a cellar that is too humid, accumulated moisture on the corks can lead to mold growth, which also completely ruins the wine.
A properly installed wine cellar cooling unit solves these problems by regulating the temperature and humidity in your cellar. Even in homes and businesses with central A/C units, daily changes in the temperature and humidity can wreak havoc on the quality and longevity of your wines. A wine cellar cooling unit creates a stable environment.
specifically tailored for protecting your wines while they age. Proper wine cellar cooling unit installation not only means selecting the right unit for your particular space. It also means ensuring the unit has been installed so that it will function correctly, creating the ideal environment to house your wine collection.
Selecting the right cooling unit is vital for ensuring the longevity of the investment you’ve made in your wine collection. Wine Racks America offers an extensive selection of top brands and styles of through-wall, split and ducted wine cellar cooling units sure to meet your needs. Our experienced staff of wine storage experts can offer advice on wine cellar cooling unit installation and selection. Reach out today for more information.