Hi, Irene, this is Jerry with Coastal CustomWine Cellar Climate Control. I wanted to share some information that pertain to your questionby email on whether or not wine cellar cooling units are included in wine cellars, or ifthey can be added after the wine cellar construction is completed and wine racks are installed.The answer to that question is indeed both of those scenarios have taken place, but it’svery important that a wine room be prepared properly before a cooling system is addedto the wine room. There’s a PDF attachment that Tim shouldsend you it’s titled ‘How to Construct a Wine Cellar’ and we’re actually lookingat this wine cellar construction PDF now.
All the walls and ceilings must be scaledwith a vapor barrier on the warm side. The warm side, if you look at this cross sectionhere of a wall, will be the exterior wall or the hot side of the wine cellar; the winecellar being the cold side or the interior wall here. Within the wall cavity itself,a vapor barrier must be placed on the hot side. This stops warm air and moisture fromentering the wine room or the wall cavity, and then ultimately the wine room and stopsthe moisture. If there’s no vapor barrier, moisture willcreep through the wall cavity through the building materials and ultimately into thewine room where it will come into contact
with cool air and thus condensation will form.It will form in the wall cavity itself causing some problems with mold and mildew over time.In the wine room itself condensation could actually form on the bottles, in the corners,on the paint, on the door hardware, and on any glass structures that are in there likea window maybe. This is very, very important. The insulation factor that you see here inthe middle, which is on the cold side of the vapor barrier, helps retain or keep the coolair in the wine room, as any typical insulation to a home or a business would. I think ifyou read through this, you will find different ways that these wall cavities can be preparedwith vapor barriers and insulations.
There’s actually two ways. There’s theold school way where a 6 mil or 8 mil plastic sheeting is used; and there’s also a moremodern technology, it’s a blow in foam expanding insulation that a contractor would actuallyblow into the wall cavity. It’ll expand, dry, and it is a far more accurate or betterway, I should say, although it is a little pricier.I’m here for any of your questions regarding wine cellar cooling Los Angeles California.By the way, I wanted to let you know that sometimes folks don’t add wine cellar coolingunits at all. People in the northeast or in any cold climate,and especially if they are in basements or
below ground level, it’s typically verycool and appropriate temperatures, so wine cellar climate control units may never actuallybe added. This is referred to as a passive cellar or it is either naturally cooled orthe collector has decided not to cool the wine room for whatever reason.Just to summarize, it is very important that a wine room be prepared properly for refrigeration.Even if you don’t add the wine cellar cooling unit during the course of wine cellar construction,it’s very important that the wine room itself be prepped properly, so that later down theroad the client decides to add a cooling unit, he doesn’t have to tear out the walls andstart from square one.
Again, if you have any questions, you maycall or send an email. Cheers!.