Starting your own wine collection is a long but exciting and rewarding process. There are many things to consider, and plenty of accessories needed to properly begin a good wine collection, but one of the first things you will need is a wine cellar with a climate-controlled environment.
Why is wine cellar climate control important? Well, wine aging is a meticulous process and wine cellars must maintain constant wine storage temperature, with the humidity at a specific level. This allows for the wine to age properly, and prevents spillage or spoilage.
A proper wine cellar refrigeration system is crucial in maintaining the highly delicate balance of temperature and humidity needed for your wine cellar with the best temperature pegged at 55° F and a humidity level of 75%.
What happens if the temperature fluctuates too much? The wine gets stressed and does not age in a natural way, making it taste sour. As for humidity, high levels cause the growth of mold and destroy the label of your wine. If the humidity is too low, the cork tends to dry up and crack, which can lead to liquid being lost.
Now, there are a number of wine cooling systems out there on the market, but the three basic types are the self-contained system, the split system, and the through-the-wall system. The through-the-wall type is best for beginners with a small space in their residential wine cellar because they are inexpensive and take very little space. Just like an air conditioner, they are installed through the wall of your cellar.
Reliable Wine Cellar Cooling Units
The Wall Cooler WM Series by US Cellar Systems is a great option for your wine cooling needs. They come with a creative design, which allows for it to be mounted vertically in between wall studs.
Like a through-the-wall type of wine cooler, it has a built-in thermostat and temperature sensor. But, unlike the through-the-wall type of unit, they don’t need exhaust. This makes them perfectly suited for odd placements in the room where there’s wall space that isn’t being utilized.
Other features of the Wall Cooler WM Series include insulated, rust-proof aluminum housing, thermally-protected and permanently lubricated motor, factory-installed Automatic Expansion valves that ensures constant coil temperature that promotes humidity balance, plus all units are factory-wired to make sure that field installation is simple.
The products of US Cellar Systems have been used by two popular wine cellar manufacturers – Coastal Custom Wine Cellars and Wine Cellar Specialists. Click here to view their products or contact them at (562) 513-3017.