Unless you live in a very cool climate where a passive wine cellar can maintain a constant temperature of between 55ºF and 58ºF (13ºC–15ºC) you’ll almost certainly require a wine cellar cooling unit.
Here we’d like to present our “featured four” … four of the best wine cellar cooling units that are worthy of consideration …
Wine Guardian 7800 Wine Cellar Cooling Unit
The Wine Guardian from the Wine Enthusiast is one of the most versatile cooling systems you can buy. It installs anywhere that you have space: adjacent to your wine cellar above your wine cellar or up to 25 feet away from you wine cellar. It provides complete and effective forced-air cooling that’s fully thermostatically controlled. Optional humidification is available for dry climates. Best of all you can install it yourself. Most versatile cooling system • Can be ducted or go through-the-wall • Reliable forced-air cooling • Wall-mounted thermostat • Ideal when outside venting is necessary • Only system that can install in an attic • Optional humidification and heating available • Optional duct work and collars available • 4 sizes from 3000 up to 15200 BTUs • Choice of colors • Cools wine cellars from 1,500 to 5,500 cubic feet 3000/1 ton 7800 • Size: 14″ x 22″ x 39″
Breezaire WKE-6000 Wine Cellar Cooling Unit
6,000 BTU Size: 22’H x 16-1/4’W x 22-5/8’D Maximum Room Size in Cubic Feet: 1 500 Your valuable wine collection deserves a dependable efficient state-of-the-art cooling system. Your budget deserves something affordable. Breezaire takes care of both. The E model includes LCD temperature display and graduated fan speed for better cooling efficiency. Your cellar must be properly insulated • Shipped directly from the manufacturer • Made in the U.S.A. • Installation Notes: Mounts easily through your wine cellar wall and vents to an adjacent room • Note: Venting space must be as big or larger than you wine cellar • Your cellar must be properly insulated and vapor sealed for the unit to cool properly.
WhisperKOOL SC 6000i-8000i Wine Cellar Cooling Unit
The next generation in specialty cooling systems. The SC Series embodies the latest and greatest system design technologies in an all-new housing design. This unit was developed after direct feedback from customers and installers, and incorporates a variety of high end components at an affordable price point. The SC Series is a direct replacement for one of the most well-known cellar cooling units, the XLT. Just like the series it replaces, the units come in five models that effectively cool a 350 to 2000 cu. ft. properly insulated environment. Designed for simple through-the-wall installation, the unit fits between standard wall studs and a single piece mounting bracket eliminates the need for a support shelf. The SC has a 30°F temperature differential. In order to keep your cellar at 55°F, the area the unit exhausts into should not exceed 85°F. This makes interior installation ideal for SC series units. Advanced Digital Controller • Dynamic Airflow • Coated Evaporator Coil • Front or Rear Power • Condensation Reduction • Two year parts and labor warranty, 5 years compressor • Single Piece Mounting Bracket
EuroCave INOA 600 Wine Cellar Cooling Unit
Cutting edge, eco-friendly cooling from the company that builds the world’s finest wine cellars comes a wine cellar cooling unit built for superior performance. The EuroCave INOA Wine Cellar Conditioner! The versatile modular design allows for easy installation inside or outside your wine cellar: ducted free-standing or wall-mounted. Includes a wireless remote to monitor your wine cellar conditions from up to 100 feet away. The EuroCave INOA automatically cools and heats to maintain optimum cellar conditions plus it maintains ideal humidity levels for your wine. Its sound-proof body and automatic fan speed control assure ultra-quiet energy-efficient performance while its CFC-free refrigerant system makes it the perfect eco-friendly choice. Plugs directly into a standard household outlet. 600 BTU Maximum Room Size in Cubic Feet: 850 • Size: 50″H x 15-1/2″W x 12-3/4″D • 1 year limited warranty • Installation Notes: Mounts easily through the wine cellar wall and vents to an adjacent room or can use air ducts. Note: If not using air ducts venting space must be twice as big your wine cellar. Your cellar must be properly insulated and vapor sealed for the unit to cool properly.
The purpose of building a wine cellar is to create the ideal environment to store your wine collection. Temperature is always a major consideration in wine storage and the ideal wine storage temperature is between 55ºF and 58ºF (13ºC-15ºC), although any temperature between 40º-65ºF (5º-18ºC) will suffice as long as it doesn’t fluctuate too much. Ideally, the humidity should be around 70%. If you can’t achieve these temperatures and this humidity in your passive wine cellar then you may need to install a wine cellar cooling unit.
A wine cellar cooling unit can be set at any temperature within the optimum range for successfully storing and aging wines and these systems are built to cool the air slowly and gently. They are designed to maintain humidity rather than dehydrating the cellar, although sometimes additional humidification may be required in extremely dry climates. These cooling units are usually installed approximately eighteen inches from the top of the room in order to achieve maximum cooling. The unit will also require an unobstructed airflow and adequate ventilation to dissipate the heat generated by the unit. These units are frequently vented into an adjacent room and the venting space needs to be as large or larger than the wine cellar.
It is also possible to install a split air system into a wine cellar although this type of wine cellar cooling system can be rather expensive with prices running into many thousands of dollars. A split system has a separate evaporator and condenser module with the condenser module mounted outside the wine cellar. A split air system offers added flexibility when doing custom installations or dealing with unusual site problems. Your cellar must be properly insulated and vapor sealed for the unit to cool effectively. This type of cooling system usually includes electronic controls and a digital display.
There are many options available with split system cooling including humidifiers, dehumidifiers and alarm units. With the addition of these options, a split air system will provide you with total control of your wine cellar refrigeration, albeit at a substantial cost. Professional installation is required.
If you find that your wine is aging too rapidly and feel that your cellar requires a cooling unit it is worthwhile shopping around and comparing brands. There are few bargains, however you should be able to save money with a little research and there is a substantial difference in price between the major brands.