By Danica Brunner. Wine Cellar System. Published at Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 - 23:35:09 PM.
The Wine Room: Before installing a wine refrigeration system, make sure the room is vapor sealed and properly insulated. Every wall and ceiling should be scaled with a vapor barrier on the "warm side" of the walls. 6 or 8 mil plastic sheeting is highly recommended. Interior walls should be insulated to a minimum of R-19. We recommend using rigid foam board. Additionally, all cracks should be filled with expanding spray foam. All walls are finished with moisture resistant green board.
Even if it's the best wine in town, but if it's not served in its right temperature, then it will give out a bad taste. If the wine is hot or warm, then the alcoholic taste of the wine will be more dominating than its other tastes. They usually are served starting off with the temperature of 19 degrees Celsius down to as cold as 5 degrees Celsius.
How to Resolve the Humidity: First step should be the installation of a vapor barrier around the entire room. A minimum of 4 mil plastic is recommended with seams overlapped and taped. The vapor barrier is installed on the outside (or warm side) of the cellar insulation. This is to prevent condensation from forming on the vapor barrier, potentially causing mold. A cooling unit alone cannot add moisture or humidify cellar air. It needs a humidifier to do so. The best option is a humidifier integrated into a cooling unit so it operates and distributes the moisture evenly in the re-circulating air. However, a free-standing humidifier can also be installed in conjunction with a cooling unit as long as this is controlled by a high-quality wall-mounted thermostat.
It’s always useful to remember that the temperature aids in the maturation process, where the humidity keeps the cork in the best condition. And the two are intrinsically linked; a rapid alteration of temperature can affect your cellar’s humidity. With all these facts standing, you can understand why many a wine collector considers the cooling center to be the "heart" of their wine cellar. Types of Wine Cellar Cooling Units:
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