How Temperature Affects Wine
Wine collectors know that properly storing wine is essential for maintaining its quality and taste. One of the most important aspects of wine storage is proper cooling. So, what is the ideal temperature for wine storage?
Well, it depends on the type of wine you're storing. Generally, red wines are best kept between 55- 65°F, while whites and sparkling wines should be stored at 45-55°F. The key is maintaining a constant temperature and avoiding fluctuations, as it can damage the wine. Moreover, storing wine at a temperature above 70°F can cause the wine to "cook," affecting its flavor and structure.
Don't Rely on Your Home's Ambient Temperature
Many people store their wine in their basements or in a dark closet in the coolest area of their home. This is a great idea, but the ambient temperature of your home, even in these cooler-than-average areas, is likely not enough to protect your wine, especially during the summer months.
This is where wine cellar cooling systems come into the picture. These systems are designed to maintain a consistent temperature and humidity level in your wine storage area, providing an ideal environment for wine storage.
Below, we'll discuss the different types of wine cellar cooling systems available, including self-contained units, split systems, and ducted systems. We'll also provide tips on maintaining your wine cellar cooling system to ensure optimal performance.
Self-contained units are a popular option for smaller wine cellars or those located in areas where ventilation is difficult. These units are easy to install, require minimal maintenance, and can be installed directly into an existing wall or ceiling. However, they may not provide as precise temperature and humidity control as other options and can be noisy.
Split systems consist of two parts: an indoor evaporator unit and an outdoor condenser unit. They offer greater cooling flexibility and can handle larger wine cellars. Split systems are also more energy-efficient than self-contained units, and because the condenser unit is located outside, they tend to be quieter. However, they require professional installation, and if the unit requires maintenance, it can be challenging to access the outdoor unit depending on where you’ve installed it.
Ducted systems are the most customizable option and are often used for commercial wine storage facilities. This type of system consists of a central air handler that supplies cool air through a network of insulated ducts. Ducted systems offer precise temperature and humidity control, and because the air handler can be located in a remote location, they tend to be quiet. However, they require professional installation and can be costly.
Maintaining Your Wine Cellar Cooling System
Proper maintenance is crucial for ensuring the longevity and optimal performance of your wine cellar cooling system. Regular maintenance includes cleaning or replacing air filters, inspecting electrical components, checking refrigerant levels, and testing thermostats. It's important to schedule annual maintenance with an experienced HVAC specialist to keep your system running smoothly.
Signs your wine cellar's cooling system needs to be serviced include:
- Unexpected fluctuations in temperature
- The cellar is warmer than usual despite no change in your AC settings
- You've seen a change in humidity levels in your wine cellar
- Your wine cellar AC is malfunctioning or won't turn on
Professional Help from Wine Cellar Cooling Specialists
When selecting a wine cellar cooling system, consider the size of your wine cellar, the location, your home’s insulation, and your budget. A professional HVAC specialist can help guide you through these decisions and recommend the best option for your needs. They can also help you get the most out of your current wine cooling system by providing maintenance and repairs when you need them.
If you're in need of professional installation, repair, or maintenance services for your wine cellar cooling system, contact Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today.