Wine Cellar Ductless Split System

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Wine Cellar expert Lisa Weiss discusses how to build a ductless split system for your wine cellar.

    Lisa Weiss

    Lisa is the owner and operator of The Wine Cellar Company, out of McLean, VA. She is the foremost designer of wine cellars in the Washington Metro area. Lisa specializes in creative, custom wine rooms, offering a full complement of services including design, preparation, insulation, refrigeration, flooring, lighting, painting and unique special features. Contrary to popular belief, in-home wine cellars can be accomodated almost anywhere from a modest crawl space to a cavernous room. Proper room preparation and cooling are crucial to your wine cellar. The Wine Cellar Company is one of the few trusted sources in the area, and facilitates residential, retail and commercial properties.

    Hello, I am Lisa Weiss and I own and operate the Wine Cellar Company. Today, we are going to talk about how to build your custom wine cellar and in this particular segment, we are going to talk about a ductless split system. There is a couple of important things that you need to know about the ductless split system for your wine cellar. There are three components. The first component is an evaporator that actually hangs on your wine cellar wall; it does not go through the wall. It hangs on the front of the wall. Once again, this particular unit needs to go up above high in the ceiling, probably within 12 inches up the ceiling.

    So, that the air flow is maximized. You also have the second component, which is the line set. The line set goes all the way inside or outside to a condenser unit. The condenser unit outside is very similar to any type of air conditioning unit that you might have. It's perhaps a little bit smaller. If you choose to have it inside, you want to probably put it in a storage area, but the most important thing to remember about putting that indoor condenser in a storage area, is that the space that it vents into, needs to be twice the size of your cellar inside. So, how to calculate that? You calculate your feet. You multiply the feet, the length and width of your room and multiply by that the room where your condenser will be. If that s the double the figure inside your cellar, then you're good to go.

    Here's the view of the outdoor condenser, the space that you will need for an outdoor condenser, usually around 2.5 feet by 2.5 feet, 2.5 by 3, maybe larger depending upon the unit. An important note about the line set that actually links your outdoor condenser to your evaporator. There is only a certain amount of length that you can have for your line set. Many times, you have a limitation of anywhere between 55 feet and 100 feet, depending upon the unit. Also, that reduces depending upon how many bends you have in the line set. It's important that you read the instructions on your ductless split system to see how long of a line set you can have in between the condenser and the evaporator. So those three components are what finalize knowing about your ductless split system for your wine cellar.