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Selecting a wine cellar builder can be a difficult task. Finding the right craftsman with a flair for your style and your budget can be challenging.
The contractor not only has to have the technical ability to install a variety of wine racking systems, but should be proficient in the proper construction techniques of a wine cellar. Understanding the need for a vapor barrier, proper insulation, exterior grade doors, glazing options and sealing of the complete enclosure are paramount to a well-built wine room.
A contractor should have experience in all of the above, with several successful projects in their portfolio. In addition, the contractor should know how the wine cellar cooling unit interacts with the environment.
Should a Split System be used, a Through The Wall or a Self-Contained unit?
Planning and forethought for their proper installation as well as determining supply and return register placement in walls and ceilings are key.
The bottom line is that a good contractor should have a working knowledge of proper wine room airflow, and the ability to expertly blend your design elements with the functions of a wine room cooling unit.
How do I know if my unit is the right size?
- Let us help you determine the correct unit and size by doing a heat load calculation, while square footage is a basic guide for determining size, it does not capture all the heat factors for a cellar such as these:
- Windows, Glass walls and lighting – The amount of glass walls or windows in the wine cellar and lighting in your wine cellar may necessitate a unit with higher cooling capacity.
- Traffic – If your wine cellar gets high traffic – thus frequently allowing outside air into the cellar (such as in commercial cellars) – you will need a higher capacity unit than square footage would suggest.
- Bottle rotation – If you rotate the bottles in your cellar often, your heat load will be higher, increasing the need for a higher capacity unit. (Initially, most cellars take longer to cool to desired temperature, since all bottles in the cellar must be cooled simultaneously).
- Climate – Areas with high ambient temperatures or cellars with poor insulation may require higher capacity units.
How Humidity Affects Wine
Humidity is a critical, yet often overlooked feature in wine cellar design.
A relative humidity 50% to 70% is recognized as an adequate wine cellar humidity level, with 60% the ideal. Without ideal humidity, wine quality may be affected in a number of ways.
- 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.
- Problems resulting from humidity issues can be solved or avoided with the right planning.
- The first step should be the installation of a vapor barrier around the entire room.
- A cooling unit alone cannot add moisture or humidify cellar air. It needs a humidifier if you live in a dryer climate.
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