Pros and Cons of Different Wine Cellar Climate Control Systems

Wine Cellar Climate Control Systems

24 Jul Pros and Cons of Different Wine Cellar Climate Control Systems

Once you have ensured that your wine cellar installation is well-insulated and sealed with a suitable door, there are 3 main types of wine cellar climate control systems to choose from. Each one of it has its unique benefits. It’s important to understand the differences, fundamental nature and the benefits of all these systems. Take a look at what they are.

Aspects to Consider

The primary objective is to make sure that there is a stable, constant and ideal environment in your wine cellar. While you are deciding which system to use, it’s also important to keep factors such as:

  • Location of the cellar
  • Size of the installation
  • Structural constraints
  • Initial costs
  • Running costs

Types of Climate Control Systems

#1 Self-Contained Through-the-Wall Units

These are the simplest and the installation is more cost-effective too. They are one-piece units, mounted on the wall and vent through it. When you are considering this unit, decide the ideal placement and exhaust. Many of these self-contained systems need to be mounted on an interior wall because they are not weather-proof. Be aware that they exhaust the hot air and fan noise into any adjacent room, which will have to be ventilated very well to accommodate the heat that the unit vents.

The rule of thumb is that the size of the adjacent room should be similar to that of your custom wine cellar. Rooms that are perfect to handle this type of heat and noise can be unfinished parts of a basement, furnace rooms, mechanical rooms or maybe a garage. Some units can be installed on any exterior wall – you will have to make sure that the cooling unit manufacturer provides a model that can operate effectively and efficiently in higher temperatures in the Australian summer and are waterproof. These units are generally manufacturer-sealed and in case of any service or repair, will have to be shipped off to the manufacturer which can be very inconvenient and quite a hassle too.

#2 Split Systems

No venting is required for these as the condenser (the component that produces heat), can be located well away from the cellar and on an external wall or other suitable place. A line set connects the units; this line set is copper tubing & electrical wiring and no air ducting is required. These units can be serviced at the site which makes maintenance convenient, cost effective and hassle-free.

Generally these Systems more expensive than a Self-Contained Through-the-wall Unit. However, the benefits are typically more than justified by the additional flexibility in locating the units, plus the elimination of heat exhaust and fan noise. The unit also has a much longer life expectancy.

#3 Ducted Systems

In this type of a unit, there is no visible equipment inside the wine cellar. It has ducting, but doesn’t have an evaporator inside the wine cellar. There are 2 types of these systems. In one type, the condenser and evaporator are separate and they can be positioned at different locations and the condenser unit can be outside the home. The second type is the self-Contained air handler. In this type, the condenser and the evaporator are housed in a single unit.

Ducted Systems are the most expensive but are the best option if you are looking for the most aesthetically attractive solution and cost is secondary. A cost effective way of creating a ducted look is with a split system whereby the evaporator unit can be housed in a false ceiling or bulkhead.

Consult the Experts

The custom wine cellar designers who are handling the installation for you will recommend a suitable climate control system. The experts will consult with you and understand what your specific requirements & constraints are. With all these factors in view, they will then perform a heat-load calculation and determine the accurate BTU’s needed for that location. The factors they will take in to account are:

  • Room size
  • Location
  • Presence of glass
  • R-factors
  • Ambient conditions

The Perfect Solutions

With all these in view, they will then provide you detailed and specific options for the kind of system and the different models available, which will match your conditions best. Wine cellar design is a specialised job and its best to have a well-established company to handle this work.

For more information and the best wine cellar solutions, call Signature Cellars on 02 9340 7515 or use this contact form to get in touch with us. Our expert designers will work very closely with you and provide you solutions that match your requirements to perfection.

Thanks for reading,
Neil Smallman
Signature Cellars
02 9340 7515

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