By Leah Brunet. Wine Cellar System. Published at Thursday, May 31st, 2018 - 13:54:39 PM.
For most wine enthusiasts their wine collection is a treasured investment you simply can’t put a dollar amount to. In terms of protection and upkeep, your wines are similar to a car. They require maintenance for the best enjoyment and performance. Even if you have central air conditioning in your home, a cooling unit for your wine cellar is still important. How Do Wine Cellar Cooling Units Work? A wine cellar cooling unit will help maintain a constant level of humidity, which is extremely important when it comes to creating an ideal environment for your cellar.
Wine connoisseurs would agree that the best wine is the one that has been perfectly preserved through time. Apparently, aside from that standard for having the best wine, experts also believe that the best wine is the one that is stored at its most ideal temperature; thus, an appropriate cooling system is needed for the storage to meet the serving temperature of the wine. To comply with this standard, cellar cooling units are needed by restaurants or by houses with cellars.
Why is Humidity Important? Humidity is a critical feature often overlooked in wine cellar design. 50% - 70% is recognized as adequate, with 60% the ideal. When the humidity is higher than 70%, it will likely cause mold and degradation of the labels and glue. When the humidity is below 50%, corks will begin to dry out resulting in loss of liquid in the bottles and possible degradation of the wine.
Split Cooling versus Self-Contained Cooling: Self-contained systems are less expensive and simple to install but possible downsides include the noise it produces during normal operation and a shorter life span (around 5 to 6 years) compared to a split cooling system. The availability of a suitable adjacent room for ventilation can also be a factor but this could be solved by using air ducts to control where the warm air can be vented. One such wine cellar cooling system that uses this method is the Cellarmate Self-Contained System. Of course, there will be additional costs depending on the circumstances surrounding the installation.
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