Wine cellar cooling systems: Make the right choice
20 August 2020
No matter how you use it or what installation limitations you have, Vinum can offer you many different cooling system solutions for your wine cellar.
However, before choosing your wine cellar cooling unit, you should first consider certain factors.
Key factors when choosing the right wine cellar cooling system
Make sure you have the dimensions of the room (Height X Depth X Width) on hand. This will give you the cubic measurement of the space to be cooled.
Wine cellar cooling system manufacturers generally set a maximum capacity range in cubic volume for each model.
Wine cellar insulation
Wine cellar insulation is another important factor to consider. Without proper insulation, humidity, heat and cold air will easily get into the wine cellar, which will adversely affect the quality of the stored wine.
We recommend a minimum of R-20 insulation on all the walls and the ceiling of the wine cellar.
Wine cellar environment
The next step is to evaluate the unique environment of the wine cellar in order to identify the physical constraints and determine which type of system will be most appropriate for the space. In some cases, you can use any type of wine cellar cooling system, while in others, you can use only one type.
Bearing in mind all these factors, the professionals at Vinum Design will know exactly which models are best suited to your needs and propose various wine cellar cooling solutions.
Different types of wine cellar cooling systems
In addition to the various factors that need to be considered, you should be familiar with the specific features of each type of product. Installing the perfect cooling system can only be done with an understanding of the different options available on the market.
The monobloc, an “all-in-one” cooling system
The first type of wine cellar cooling system is installed through the wall. This type of unit resembles a window air conditioner and is generally installed in a wall between the wine cellar and an adjacent room (mechanical or other room). A word of warning is in order with this type of unit, because the cold generated in the wine cellar creates heat in the room where the unit exhausts the air.
This monobloc system can be easily installed in an opening in the wine cellar. All that is required is an electrical outlet and a pipe for draining off the condensation.
At Vinum Design, we offer monobloc cooling systems in various sizes and capacities to fit any size wine cellar.
The mobile monobloc (all-in-one), a ducted cooling unit
In the event that a monobloc system cannot be installed in the wall, there are also monobloc units that can be installed remotely from the wine cellar and connected via air ducts.
Depending on the size of the wine cellar, the air ducts vary in diameter. Four ducts are also required: a return flow for the cold section, one going to the wine cellar, and a return flow for the hot air.
A technical advisor should therefore be called in to make the right choice.
Split system, a 2-component cooling unit
Using 2 complementary components, SPLIT systems separate the refrigeration unit (the evaporator) from the condensing unit (the compressor).
Depending on the chosen model, this solution has several advantages. The cooling system can be completely hidden in the ceiling of the wine cellar and also positioned for optimal air circulation. This is often the best solution for those with large wine cellars. Another advantage is the quiet design of this type of unit, since the source of noise from the condensing unit (compressor) will be located in a mechanical room.
The 2 units are connected together by pipes that circulate the cooling gas. Consequently, this type of installation requires a certified refrigeration specialist since only a professional can install the two components of a split system perfectly. We routinely work with refrigeration specialists and can help you get in touch with one to ensure the proper installation of this type of cooling system.
Vinum Design helps you to install the right cooling system for your wine cellar
Even if you take all these factors into account, choosing the right cooling system is difficult to do without professional help.
At Vinum Design, we offer a wide range of wine cellar cooling solutions. Whether you wish to buy your cooling system in our shop or simply benefit from our advice, we invite you to contact us. We would be delighted to provide you with our expertise and help you choose this essential part of your wine cellar.