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Considering Solutions For A Smaller Space & Wine Collection?

Modern design and clever construction have made it possible to transform residential and commercial spaces into tasteful wine rooms, wine walls, and wine caves. Limited square footage dedicated to smaller collections are no exception. In fact, with knowledge, experienced support and the right cooling technology, a small wine storage vision can become a reality in your home or place of business.

Vineyard - Under stairs wine room

Vineyard Wine Cellars Small Understairs Wine Cellar

A terrific first step when contemplating the right cooling system to store and age wine is using Wine Guardian’s wine cellar cooling calculator, which offers recommendations for Wine Guardian solutions depending upon your requirements. The calculator’s “advanced mode” is appropriate when more in-depth design and construction parameters have been set.

It is important—particularly for smaller wine rooms—not to select a wine cooling system that is too big. A unit that is too powerful may cool the area too quickly to dehumidify the air properly.  The air will hold more moisture than it should and jeopardize relative humidity, which should hold steady between 50-70%. Too much humidity causes mold and glue on labels to break down.

Wine Guardian systems are engineered to maintain ideal conditions according to your specifications and the type of wine being stored. Our units cycle on and off, operating only a few minutes per hour—or as needed—to maintain precise temperatures and humidity levels.

Genuwine Cellars Closet Cellar

Genuwine Cellars Small Corner Wine Cellar

Since space is typically limited in smaller wine storage rooms, it stands to reason that appropriate cooling units have features designed specifically to work within these structures. Several of our self-contained wine cooling solutions are particularly well-suited to smaller wine rooms. Wine Guardian through-the-wall (TTW) units come in two capacities up to a maximum capacity of 2,100 BTUs/hour (455 Watts). The mechanicals are housed within the compact unit and exhaust heat into an adjacent, internal area.

Smaller wine storage options can be particularly appealing to those eager to install a system without the support of a contractor. Our plug-and-play TTW systems can be installed flush to the wall for an unobtrusive look within an elegant wine room or cabinet and are surprisingly quiet to run. The temperature gauge is easy to adjust and shares a panel with the temperature and humidity displays, making it simple for the owner to maintain pristine conditions for their wine collection. The TTW018 checks all the boxes for many Wine Guardian clients and is our most popular unit for small spaces.

Ductless split systems provide a maximum cooling capacity of 2,800 BTUs/hour and are perfect for wine rooms lacking the space to accommodate ductwork or venting.  These conditioning units can be surface mounted or mounted through the wall to save maximum space, and they provide the flexibility of a split system. Envision a compact fan-coil that fits well within a racking system or above a doorway, with a sleek condensing unit that also comes in a small footprint and mounts to a variety of structures.

Our small ducted split systems are particularly quiet and virtually vibration-free, making them ideal for cellars with not enough space to house a self-contained wine cooling unit. The smaller wine cellar air conditioner has a maximum capacity of 3,400 BTUs/hour and has several accessories to meet the needs of your application, including an electric heater option.

Vigilant - Small Rustic Wine Room

Vigilant Inc Small Rustic Wine Room

Wine Guardian ceiling mounted systems are also quiet options well-suited to displays and smaller all-glass wine rooms. These split wine conditioning units were designed for ceiling mounting and fit well between standard joist construction. The wine cooling systems were configured with capacities up to 4,300 BTUs/hour.

With the best wine cellar refrigeration unit, anyone can maintain exceptional climate control conditions for their small wine storage spaces that are on par with those found in larger, more elaborate wine cellars. Whether you prefer to install a system on your own or wish to work with an engineer or contractor, Wine Guardian solutions are designed with you and your collection in mind.