Wines mature to their full potential when stored under the proper climate conditions. An efficient wine cellar space is prepped with the right amount of insulation, as well as installed with vapor barriers, and the proper wine cellar cooling unit.
The correct type of climate control system will help create a balanced wine storage environment, which entails a temperature range of 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit, and humidity levels between 60 to 75 percent.
3 Classifications of Wine Cellar Cooling Units
- self-contained wine cellar cooling units
- ductless split wine cellar cooling units
- ducted split wine cellar cooling units
The three classifications of wine cellar cooling units are self-contained through the wall units, ductless split climate control systems, and ducted split air handler refrigeration systems. Each of these wine cellar refrigeration systems has unique product features that can meet specific wine cellar climate control needs.
Self-Contained Wine Cellar Refrigeration Systems
Among the three units, the self-contained wine cellar climate control system is the easiest and the most affordable to install.
It is a one-piece cooling unit that mounts on the wall and vents to an adjacent room. The room must have proper ventilation, in order to contain the heat exhausted from the cooling system.
Ductless Split Wine Cellar Climate Control System
Another wine cellar cooling alternative is the ductless split climate control system. This refrigeration unit houses the evaporator and condenser separately, which provides versatility with regards to installation options.
For ultra-quiet operation, the condensing unit is located remotely (e.g. outdoors, garage). A line set consisting of small copper tubing and electrical wiring is used to connect both units.
Ducted Split Wine Cellar Cooling Units
Ducted split air handler wine cellar refrigeration systems not only offer efficient cooling, but also provide aesthetic benefits. The set-up is similar to a ductless split climate control system.
The only difference is the complete absence of refrigeration equipment inside the wine room. Supplying cool air into the wine cellar is done via air ducts. The condensing unit is placed in a remote location, while the evaporator unit is installed near the wine storage room.
3 Trusted Brands of Wine Cellar Refrigeration Systems
- US Cellar Systems
There are a number of brands to choose from when it comes to wine cellar cooling units. However, the brands most highly recommended by many wine cellar designers and installers are CellarPro, WhisperKOOL, US Cellar Systems and Arctic. These brands have made a name for themselves over the years, because of the top quality, efficient and reliable wine cellar climate control systems they provide.
CellarPro Wine Cellar Cooling Systems
CellarPro cooling systems are considered some of the quietest in the refrigeration industry. They are known for their versatile, well-engineered, and reliable products.
Wine cellar refrigeration systems from CellarPro come with adjustable electronic thermostats, and a digital temperature display, with a controller that registers the rise and fall of the temperature inside the wine cellar. Their units also feature audible and visual alarms, that indicate temperature changes, system failure or maintenance.
CellarPro offers self-contained and ductless split wine cellar refrigeration systems. The self-contained cooling units are recommended for residential and commercial wine cellars, and small cabinets (up to 1,500 cubic feet). The ductless split cooling units are designed for wine cellars measuring from 300 up to 2,000 cubic feet.
WhisperKOOL Wine Cellar Refrigeration Systems
When considering the need for both efficiency and elegance, WhisperKOOL wine cellar cooling systems are what we recommend. WhisperKOOL wine cellar refrigeration systems are designed with special features, in order to provide superior refrigeration, as well as to accommodate a range of cooling needs.
WhisperKOOL’s self-contained wine cellar cooling units (SC Series) are cost-effective, and easy to install; they are installed through the wall, and can fit in between standard wall studs. These units are equipped with a condensate evaporator that helps dispel excess moisture that builds up during normal operation.
The SC Series comes with an optional accessory, called the small exhaust duct kit, which can be installed to allow warm air to be exhausted outdoors, or into another room.
All of their wine cellar cooling units come with a liquid measuring thermostat, which is a bottle temperature probe system that transmits information to the thermostat, and in this way helps maintain accurate wine storage temperature.
US Cellar Systems Wine Cellar Cooling Units
For wine cellar cooling units that are innovative and versatile in terms of design and functionality, US Cellar Systems has a line of cooling units that can fit various needs and applications.
As design leaders in wine refrigeration, they embrace ingenuity and creativity, characteristics that are evident in the cooling products they provide. Climate control units from US Cellar Systems come with custom sized evaporators and condensers that adjust to the unique requirements of each project.
Some of their most popular cooling products are the HS Series, the LPQ Series, and the CC Series. The HS Series (or High Static) can be placed in a remote location, which not only provides additional bottle storage space, but also reduces noise inside the wine cellar.
The LPQ Series (or Low Profile Quiet) is a ceiling-mount unit that is ideal for wine rooms with architectural challenges and constraints. The CC Series (or Cabinet Cooler) is the cooling solution for wine cabinets and closets with narrow and restricted spaces.
Another manufacturer that also provides custom-designed and commercial grade quality wine cellar climate control systems is Arctic Metalworks.
Their wine cellar refrigeration equipment is constructed from commercial grade components, and backed by a service crew, for optional maintenance and servicing. Arctic’s most popular line of cooling units is the AWCCS Split System, which comes in a range of models, with varying cooling capacities.
These top brands of wine cellar refrigeration systems are offered by Bella Vita Wine Cellars, one of the leading wine cellar designers and installers in the state of California. They have been in the wine cellar industry for more than 10 years, and have worked on numerous projects, involving constructing fully furnished custom wine cellars. Bella Vita Wine Cellars also provides world-class wine cellar components, such as wine racks, flooring products, wine cellar entry doors, and wine cabinets.