By Ashley Corey. Wine Cellar System. Published at Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 - 10:00:26 AM.
While it is necessary to evaluate the amount you’re spending each year on growing your collection, it is also important to understand that keeping the storage temperature and humidity levels proper and precise is key to maintaining your collection. For both the amateur collector and aficionado, investing in a cooling unit for your wine cellar is a sensible, intelligent investment. While keeping in mind the humidity range your wine should be stored in (50%-70%), it is also useful to know the proper temperature you should keep your cellar. In fact, light, vibration, or temperature variance are also factors that can affect the aging of your collection.
Building a home wine cellar can create the ideal environment to store your wines. Temperature is always a major consideration in wine storage and the ideal wine storage temperature is between 55ºF and 58ºF (13ºC-15ºC), although any temperature between 40º-65ºF (5º-18ºC) will suffice as long as it doesn't fluctuate too much. Ideally, the humidity should be around 70%. If you can't achieve these temperatures in your passive cellar then you may require a cooling unit.
Ducted System; A ducted cooling system is perfect for those collectors that don’t want any sort of unsightly equipment or unit of any kind inside their cellar. Using a cooling unit that utilizes a duct system allows the unit itself to be placed far away from your cellar yet still provide quality air conditioning. Since this type of system allows you to position your unit farther from your collection than other options, a ducted system is essentially the quietest unit and produces the least amount of vibrations that can potentially affect your collection. This option offers the ability for outdoor or indoor placement for your unit, depending on what can accommodate your wine cellar best.
Home - or even commercial - refrigeration equipment is built to cool food quickly to prevent it spoiling. This is achieved by blasting cold air until the desired temperature is reached. Then a cycle kicks in whereby once the set temperature is reached, the refrigerator shuts off. When the temperature rises to a pre-determined point, cold air is again blasted. This continuous fluctuating temperature cycle isn't good for your wines.
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