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How Long Do Wine Cellar Cooling Units Last?

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Self-contained cooling unit installed inside a wine cellars

When planning a suitable wine storage solution for your wine collection, you may be wondering if your wine cellar needs a cellar cooling unit.

If you are planning to store your wine inside a cellar that does not maintain a steady 55 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, you will need a cellar cooling system. Wine cellar cooling systems are an investment, and because they are not cheap, you may question whether or not they are worth it.

Is a Cellar Cooling Unit the Same as an HVAC?

While both a cellar cooling system and an air conditioner can lower the temperature in a room, there is a key difference. Air conditioners are designed to remove humidity from a room. A cellar cooling system will maintain the humidity inside a cellar. Humidity maintenance is important because it prevents the cork of the wine bottle from drying out, preserving the seal and thwarting oxidization.

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What is an Enomatic?

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Example of Self-Contained Cellar Cooling Unit

Wine lovers often encounter a common problem; wine waste.

Whether it's a quiet evening at home where you open a bottle and pour a glass for dinner or serve dozens of guests at an event, how can you prevent wine waste? There are wine stoppers, but they only prevent oxidization so much. A must-have appliance that wine drinkers often overlook is a wine dispenser.

An enomatic is a wine dispenser that serves wine by the glass or by the ounce. Wine dispensers are very useful when hosting a wine tasting as you can serve guests in one-ounce increments. For restaurant and bar owners, a wine dispensing system can be a great way to control inventory, as staff can pour precise amounts for guests. Wine dispensers make a beautiful display of wine while preserving and storing the wine in the best conditions.

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How Do You Install a Wine Cooling Unit?

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Example of Self-Contained Cellar Cooling Unit

To unlock the best flavors and aromas from your wine, it must be stored under the proper conditions.

The ideal storage location for wine is inside a wine cave that is cool, dark, and humid. Since most wine collectors do not own a wine cave, a wine cellar is the next best thing. To recreate cave-like conditions inside a properly insulated and sealed space, a cellar cooling unit must be installed. A properly installed cellar cooling system will cool the room to 50~65 °F and maintain a humidity of 50~75% RH. Here is a summary of the installation process for different cooling units, including self-contained, split, and ducted.

Self-Contained Cooling Unit Installation

Self-contained or through-wall cooling systems are designed for use inside both wine cabinets and wine cellars. Self-contained cooling units are all-in-one appliances containing both the evaporator and condenser. The unit circulates air and must exhaust hot air outside of the cellar. Generally, installing a self-contained cooling unit is easy and can be done without hiring a contractor.:

1. First, a location for the cooling unit is selected following all the clearance guidelines of that specific unit. This can vary depending on the location of the exhaust.
2. An opening is cut for the cooling system, and a shelf may be installed to support the cooling unit.
3. The unit is installed, and gaskets are used to maintain the seal of the cellar or cabinet.

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What is a Self-Contained Wine Cooling Unit?

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A self-contained cooling system installed inside a wine cellar.

Civilizations have been cellaring wine for nearly 4,000 years.

The first wine cellars were simple spaces designed to keep the wine cool and out of the sun. Today’s wine cellars have certainly evolved to favor similar conditions in a precisely controlled environment. Since most wine collectors do not have access to a wine cave, they must keep their precious collections in insulated rooms that use a cellar cooling system. There are multiple cellar cooling units, including self-contained wine cooling systems. Read on to learn about the different kinds of cellar cooling units.

Self-Contained Cooling Unit

Self-contained cooling units are designed for easy installation, with the condenser and evaporator inside one compact appliance. Installing a self-contained unit is simple and often does not require an HVAC technician. Self-contained systems can maintain a steady temperature between 50~65 °F when installed inside a properly insulated wine room. Humidity can be maintained within 50~75% RH, perfect for the long-term storage of wine. Self-contained cooling systems can be designed with a rear, top, or ducted exhaust, which allows them to be used for multiple types of installation. Self-contained cooling units are sometimes referred to as thru-the-wall cooling units.

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Where in the House Should You Keep a Wine Refrigerator?

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A wine refrigerator is a great way to showcase, store, and organize your wine.

Owning an outdoor refrigerator is a must-have luxury appliance, especially during the spring and summer.

A good wine cooler is stylish and functional, adding a touch of luxury to the home. There are some important things to consider when choosing a location for your new wine cooler. Here is what you need to know before your new wine cooler is delivered.

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