Wine Cellar Self-Contained Refrigeration

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Wine Cellar expert Lisa Weiss discusses how to build self-contained refrigeration 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. In this segment, we are going to talk about refrigeration. There are three different ways to refrigerate you wine cellar. First, we are going to talk about the self-contained unit, but make sure you go back and check out my other segments, on the other two types of refrigeration, just in case.

    The self-contained unit is very similar to an air-conditioning unit that goes through the window and air conditions the home. It's a little bit updated and it's adjusted for a wine cellar and a wine cellar temperature. Generally, you want to be between 55 degree and 57 degrees and have relative humidity anywhere between 50 degrees and 75 degrees. This particular self-contained unit will help you maintain that in the wine cellar. The important things to remember are that they go through the wall, so on one wall of your wine cellar within 18 inches of the ceiling, you will hang this unit. It will vent into a room outside the cellar. The most important thing to remember about it venting outside the cellar, is the space that it vents into, must be at least two times the size of the cellar. So, what you can do is, you can multiply the feet of your cellar and then multiply the feet outside your cellar to see if it's double outside. So, if it vents into that room and it's twice the size, then you got great air flow. Another important thing to remember is the airflow in front of the unit. Now, you'll probably have a depth of anywhere between 14 and maybe 20 inches of that unit. Most of that fits inside the cellar. So, you want to have a nice air flow in front of that unit. You don't necessarily want to have wine cellar racking or wine bottles or any kinds of obstruction, so you want to keep that air flow going. So, take to look at the picture and you can get more of an idea of what it looks like. This is the end of that segment. Now, we are going to go on to the other two segments about refrigeration, the ductless split system and the ducted split system for your wine cellar.