By Ashley Corey. Wine Cellar System. Published at Thursday, May 31st, 2018 - 02:56:50 AM.
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.
Avoid Home Refrigeration To Store Wine. A standard home refrigerator makes a poor wine cooling solution for several reasons. It is designed specifically to store and look after food products, not to store wines. An atmosphere that works well for meat and vegetables is far too cold and dry for your expensive wine. The preferred temperature for home refrigeration is somewhere between 35ºF and 38ºF (1.7 to 3.3ºC)
Avoid Domestic Air Conditioning: Similarly, home air conditioning provides a poor environment for aging your wines, as it removes the humidity from the air which can lead to corks drying out. Additionally, if air conditioning is only turned on at certain times during the day then the wine will become subject to wide temperature fluctuations, which will inevitably cause irreparable damage to your wine. To properly cool and humidify a cellar you will need a cooling system designed specifically for cooling a wine cellar.
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.
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