Wine Cooling – Keeping the Right Notes in the BottleJason Siddall
Whether you are a restaurant or retail outlet, or a passionate collector or producer of beautiful and classic wines, you will want to consider the best storage options available for your collection. Having a dedicated wine cooling cellar is a great perk for any business or private residence.
Wine cooling cellars don’t always have to contain space for thousands of bottles. Depending on your requirements, you can go big by adding elegant decor, coolers within coolers or tasting rooms, or you can also keep it simple by just adding a small storage space to manage the extra bottles or cases of rare wines that you don’t often bring out.
Energy Efficient and Quiet
Two things to consider when shopping around for your cooling systems is how much power will it use, and how much noise will it make? You want to opt for a unit that is both energy-efficient and runs silently in the background; nothing will disrupt the diners evening like the ever-present whir of an industrial fan!
Once you have selected the right system for your wine cooling cellar, you may want to consider contacting an HVAC technician to assist with the installation. The placement and sizing of these units are critical and certainly best left to a team of skilled professionals.
How Do Wine Cooling Cellars Work?
Wine cooling cellars are specially designed to maintain a steady temperature of around 55 degrees Fahrenheit while at the same time maintaining a comfortable humidity level of between 50% and 70% with the ideal temperature being 60%. The temperature of the cellar should keep a constant temperature, without fluctuating more than about 2 degrees within a period of 24 hours.
While no wines should be stored for any length of time at room temperature, remember that reds and white require different temperature for optimum taste. White wines taste better when they are colder, while reds are better slightly warmer, but still never served at room temperature.
The Humidity Factor
Something else to bear in mind when planning your wine cooling cellar is the importance of the humidity in the room. Humidity in a wine cellar is important for a number of reasons:
- Humidity higher than 70% will cause mould on the corks and start to degrade the glue and the labels on the bottles.
- Humidity lower than 50% will risk the corks drying out, which means that the liquid can start to evaporate out of the bottles through the corks. If oxygen gets into the bottles it may also start to ruin the remaining wine.
The other thing important to remember when installing a wine cellar is that most HVAC units do not add moisture or humidity to the air. You will need to consider adding a humidifier if possible one that is integrated into the cooling unit which will distribute moisture evenly in the re-circulated air.
The Right Unit For The Job
Depending on the size of your cellar, you may want to consult with a professional if you are unsure of what the cooling requirements may be. Factors to consider when planning your wine cooling cellar are:
- Do you need more than one unit to cool your space? The correct unit or units will ensure that you have even distribution of air in your wine cooling cellar.
- Sizing – investing in a unit that too big for your space will result in extra noise and extra power usage, making your unit less energy efficient and more costly to run.
- Do your research on your chosen unit, and look for reports and customer feedback once you have made a selection. This will help to confirm brand reliability and any issues ahead of time.
Whatever your requirements, AHI Carrier are leaders in HVAC systems across multiple industries, and our dedicated team are standing by to assist you to keep your important assets safe in the best possible environment.