License to Chill: Choosing a Proper Cooling System

Whether you’re just starting your wine collection or already have a bounty of bottles, the right cooling system is critical to safeguarding your valued vintages. But how do you decide which is ideal? Your best bet is to start with understanding the basics.

What is a cooling system?

 A cooling system is specially designed to maintain proper temperature and humidity conditions for wine cellars, rooms, walls and other custom refrigeration scenarios. A wine storage area should maintain a consistent temperature ranging between 45-64° F and a relative humidity of 50-70%.

How does it work?

The main components of the system include a compressor, metering device, condenser and evaporator coil. The cooling process begins with the compressor drawing in low-pressure gas from the evaporator coil. It then compresses the air into a high-pressure liquid by shifting air throughout the coils. The liquid passes through the metering device, which then causes a drop in pressure. The low-pressure liquid then moves into the evaporator coil, soaking up the heat and driving cooler air back into the wine storage area.  

Types of Systems

Self-Contained – A self-contained cooling unit stands alone and looks much like an air conditioning unit in a window. It can also work as a through-the-wall unit that’s mounted and vented via walls.

Ducted – ducted cooling system is a great choice if you don’t want any visible equipment within your wine storage area. You can simply position the unit away from the cellar yet still provide the right environment.  

Ductless Split System – A ductless split cooling system is perfect for cellars or rooms without adequate ventilation. The condensing unit is separate and the evaporator coil component is usually within the wine storage area. The compressor, fan and cooling unit coil are outside or adjacent to your room or cellar.

Final Factors to Consider

Aside from choosing the right type of system, here are a few additional preferences to ponder:

  • Noise Level – Most of today’s manufacturers are conscientious in creating a product that won’t disrupt the ambience of your abode, but it’s still important to do your homework. Look for brands with extra-quiet units featuring top venting, etc.
  • Digital Temperature Control and Display – These features allow you to have more accurate visibility of – and control over – temperature and humidity levels to avoid harmful fluctuations in the wine storage setting. Look for units with a generator in case of power outages.
  • Ease of Repair – If you want your wine to age happily and healthfully for many years to come, it’s crucial to choose a cooling system that isn’t complicated to maintain or replace if there are problems or if it starts to wear down. Replacing the cooler alone is infinitely more cost-effective than redoing your entire wine room.

Ready to help your wine settle in to its own perfectly chilled atmosphere? The Exquisite Wine Cellars team is here to make climate control easy, economical and aesthetically pleasing. Call, text or email us any time. We’re excited to chat about all the possibilities!