When you’ve taken the time to curate a fine wine collection for your Palm Desert, California, home, you want to make sure your investment is protected from heat and humidity. While creating a traditional-style wine cave in your home may not be achievable, ducted and ductless cooling systems and fully ducted wine room refrigeration equipment offer long-term storage solutions for your collection.
Important Considerations for Storing Wine in the Home
Just as terroir and vintage contribute to the qualities of fine wine, humidity and temperature are important for storing it. The ideal wine storage temperature is between 55 and 58 degrees with a relative humidity level of 60 to 70 percent. While 55 degrees is an often-cited wine storage temperature according to Wine Spectator, cooler temperatures will slow down the aging process.
In addition to humidity and temperature, the storage location is equally important. Keep wines out of direct sunlight and away from heat-producing appliances that can prematurely degrade them.
Types of Wine Room Cooling and Storage Systems
Unlike conventional home HVAC systems, wine room refrigeration systems are specifically designed to simulate the cool, moist environment of a wine cellar. These refrigeration units are engineered to meet certain cooling requirements. The following offers homeowners some options for custom cooling and storage systems:
- In homes where storage space is limited, self-contained, through-the-wall cooling units work well. These single units house all the necessary refrigeration components, such as the compressor, evaporator coil, fan, and thermostat.
- Ducted and ductless split systems contain separate indoor and outdoor equipment connected by refrigerant lines and air ducts.
- Fully ducted wine room refrigeration equipment works well for extensive wine storage installations of 5,000 square feet or more. All-in-one units placed outside the wine storage area rely on dual ductwork to release heat and promote uniform cooling.
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