Heat is your number one enemy when storing wine. Any time your wine room gets above 70 degrees F, the wine will start to age faster. While some people want their wine to age fast, as it is said to enhance the flavor of the wine, the opposite is actually true when the temperature gets much higher than 70. In fact, your wine collection may start to "cook," causing it to have a flat aroma and flavor.
For many people, a refrigerator will work well to preserve a small wine collection. For those with larger collections, a wine room is often needed. Here’s a look at a few ways to properly cool the wine room in your Indio, California, home.
Insulate the Room
To keep heat out of your wine room, make sure the area is well-insulated. Check windows and doorways, and seal any air leaks. The goal is to keep the cool air in while keeping all warmer air out. Not only does this preserve the flavor and aroma of the wine, but it also reduces your wine room cooling expenses.
Be Careful With Lighting
Cover windows with blackout curtains. Light making its way through any windows will increase the temperature in the wine room. However, because you need light to walk around in the wine room, make sure to use LED downlights. These lights emit minimal heat and are perfect for wine rooms with floor-to-ceiling shelving. Avoid using incandescent and halogen lights, as they emit a lot of heat, which quickly leads to temperature imbalances in the wine room.
Use a Wine Room Refrigeration System
A wine room refrigeration system cools the wine room and helps you maintain a proper relative humidity level of between 60 and 70 percent. More importantly, because the system runs only 50 to 70 percent of the time, this helps avoid temperature swings. Additionally, it helps you achieve optimal cooling efficiency.
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