Just as there are many different types of wine available, there are also many different ways to keep that wine at the proper storage temperature. Wine Guardian provides a full range of products with the most available options, variety of capacities and styles for precise wine cellar temperature and humidity control. Here are three of the most common styles of wine room cooling systems.
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A “through-the-wall” configuration is a self-contained air conditioning unit that’s mounted literally through the wall. These systems are best for smaller cellars, as they have a limited cooling capacity. Thought must be given to the best placement of these systems, so as not to interfere with the racking.
Choosing a system that complements the look of the wine cellar, is quiet, energy efficient and offers a small footprint is important, as is the ability to duct warm condenser air away from the area to create a more comfortable living space. A room air conditioner is not an alternative to purchasing an air conditioner specifically designed for use in a wine cellar from a reliable manufacturer. Ideal for smaller cellars and quick installations.
Versatile and self-contained, ducted systems offer maximum flexibility in design and installation, and have the cooling capacity to be used in any sized cellar. A grille on the inside wall is connected by insulated flexible ductwork to a self-contained unit outside the cellar that contains the evaporator, fan and condenser. This system can be placed in any indoor, out-of-the-way location outside the cellar. The result is a quiet cellar with no obtrusive equipment taking up space. Available in water-cooled configurations. It is ideal for private, larger cellars or commercial use, as it can be sized for any cellar.
Split systems can be sized for any sized cellar and are the most flexible wine cellar cooling systems available. Split systems include two separate mechanical elements (condensing unit and fan coil) that can be used when ducting is not feasible, especially when the condensing unit must be installed outdoors or in an unheated space, such as a garage. However, the condensing unit portion of the system, when installed outdoors, must be able to operate in both winter and summer conditions. For instance, where the ambient temperatures are between 0°F (-18°C) and 115°F (46°C). Note that, unlike ducted and through-the-wall styles, split systems must be installed by licensed refrigeration and electrical technicians.
There are two types of splits—evaporator-mounted within the cellar and ducted fan coil-mounted outside of the cellar—with refrigeration piping connecting to the condensing unit. Ducted split systems where the fan coil is mounted outside the wine cellar create a wine cellar environment that is both quiet and less obstructed by unattractive mechanical equipment within the cellar. Wine Guardian offers this type of ducted fan coil-mounted system. Ideal for cooling when ducting condenser exhaust from the wine unit is not possible.