Protect your Wine Collection from Harm. A Florida Expert Will Install the Correct Insulation and Cooling System in Your Wine Cellar
Wine will not age well if you keep it in a room with poor conditions. Proper insulation and efficient cooling play significant roles in aging wine. Without them, wine will deteriorate and will result in a waste of investment. Working with a professional, like Custom Wine Cellar Florida, will ensure that there is correct insulation in your wine room and the right type and brand of refrigeration system.
How Proper Wine Cellar Insulation Will Benefit You and Your Collection
The main reason many owners of residential and commercial establishments invest in a climate-controlled wine cellar is to keep their favorite vintages safe until they are consumed.
There are many factors that affect the environment of your wine room. These include the insulation and cooling of your custom wine cellar in Florida.
Sealing the Room Will Help Achieve Stable Wine Storage Conditions
When building a wine cellar, sealing the room is of the utmost importance. Why? Because it helps preserve the quality of the wine.
Insulation prevents the cool air from escaping and the warm air from entering the wine cellar. With the proper seal, the temperature and humidity levels will be stable and will preserve the true bouquet of each wine.
Wine cellar insulation also helps the refrigeration system to function normally because no external factors will affect the cooling efficiency of the unit. Extreme changes in temperature and humidity levels will force the wine cooling unit to work hard, which may result in the breakdown of the equipment and higher energy bills.
You must hire a reliable wine cellar builder who will install the right type of insulation. At Custom Wine Cellar Florida, we always make sure that our client’s wine storage space is safe by sealing it correctly.
Insulation for the Walls and Ceiling
The walls and ceiling of your wine cellar in Florida must be insulated before the installation of the racking, cooling system, door, and flooring. The old method of sealing a wine room is by installing a plastic sheeting vapor barrier and an insulator.
However, this is not the best method. Plastic sheeting will not last long. When it is compromised, your seal will be compromised too.
Benefits of Closed-Cell Spray Foam Insulation
Instead of combining a plastic sheeting vapor barrier and another type of insulation, we recommend spray foam insulation for the walls and ceiling. It can act both as a vapor barrier and as an insulator. It has a higher insulation value. The better the insulation, the more efficient your wine cooling unit will be.
The compact cell structure of the closed-cell foam insulation allows it to expand and create an airtight seal. In fact, it prevents the dust and pollens from entering the room. It is also ideal for shallow cavities because of its higher R-value (approximately two pounds per cubic foot).
Although the closed-cell foam insulation is more expensive than other types of insulation, it will save you money in the long run for many reasons. It will give your cooling equipment a longer lifespan, and it will minimize energy consumption. Additionally, it allows you to choose a smaller size refrigeration unit, and its installation won’t require any PVC piping, saving you on the equipment and material costs.
Sealing the Doors
Not only must the walls and ceiling be insulated, but the doors and flooring as well. At Custom Wine Cellar Florida, we make sure that every door has no gap around it.
We also use the closed-cell foam insulation to fill in the gap between the jamb and rough opening. In addition, we equip the wine cellar door with sealing components such as weather stripping and automatic door bottoms.
All of our doors are exterior grade with 1 ¾” thickness. Wooden entryways are constructed using the LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) technology. Using adhesives, we connect multiple layers of thin wood. This process makes the door more durable and highly resistant to warping caused by humid conditions in a refrigerated wine cellar.
For doors made with glass, we use 5/8” glass. To maximize the insulation, we utilize dual-paned, tempered glass panels. Ordinary glass will result in the formation of condensation.
When this happens, mold and mildew will grow on the walls, ceiling, wine labels, and racking, which will have a negative effect on the quality of the wine.
For wrought iron doors, insulating the iron tubing will also help maintain stable conditions in your wine cellar.
If the flooring is to be installed above the ground, it must have an R-30 insulation. Adding wood studs with a vapor barrier and insulator is recommended. For flooring on a concrete slab, a vapor barrier must be added.
Cooling the Wine Cellar with a Reliable Refrigeration System
Another important component of a safe wine cellar is the cooling system. Together with the insulation, you can achieve the optimum storage conditions by installing the right cooling equipment.
Failure to do so will cause temperature fluctuations and varying humidity levels, which will damage your collection.
Heat is the number one enemy of wine. When the temperature is outside the normal range, the desirable characteristics of the wine will be affected. Wine will have an unpleasant taste and smell.
The absence of the correct refrigeration unit will also result in storage problems caused by incorrect humidity levels. This will trigger mold growth and weaken the structural integrity of your walls, ceiling, and racking. Mold and mildew may also grow on the wine labels and corks.
At Custom Wine Cellar Florida, we offer only commercial grade wine refrigeration systems from top-notch manufacturers: Wine Guardian, WhisperKOOl, CellarPro, and US Cellar Systems.
Self-Contained Cooling System
If you are on a tight budget, a self-contained refrigeration system is perfect for you. You won’t need an HVAC technician for the installation of this type of cooling unit, eliminating the need to pay for the installer’s professional fee.
The self-contained cooling systems are designed for installations through the wall. It requires an adjacent room for the heat to dissipate. When it comes to efficiency, the units have two fans for maximum performance.
Ducted Split System
When installing small wine cellars, we recommend the ducted split wine refrigeration system. This is also ideal for owners of residential and commercial establishments who don’t want visible equipment in their wine cellar.
The evaporator and condensing unit are placed outdoors (all in one unit or a separate location), so no space is occupied inside the room. Also, there is no need for a venting room.
Ductless Split Refrigeration System
With the ductless split cooling system, the evaporator is placed in the cellar, while the condenser is installed outside. This means that the system operates quietly because there is no condensing unit (noisier component) inside the room.
The two components need to be connected with copper tubing and electrical wiring. You will need an HVAC technician for the installation.
Prevent Wine Damage. Hire a Wine Storage Expert
Are you planning to start your wine room project? Choose a master builder who has extensive knowledge in proper wine storage. Custom Wine Cellar Florida will protect your wine collection by installing the correct insulation and cooling unit for your wine room. Need help? Call us today at +1 (305) 731-2212.