Learning these key points could save your wine collection.
Cooling units run the majority of the time
Because your cellar is comparable to a walk-in refrigerator, your unit will run 50% to 70% of the time on average in order to maintain the correct temperature.
Cooling units generate a large amount of heat
Failure to provide proper ventilation will compromise the wine cellar environment and shorten the lifespan of the cooling unit. For example, a unit with a 30°F temperature differential will only be able to cool a cellar down to 60°F if the exhaust environment is 90°F.
Insulation affects cooling unit performance
Without insulation, your cooling unit will work harder to maintain the proper temperature.
Install a vapor barrier
Lack of a vapor barrier will result in improper humidity and will compromise the wine storage environment.
Cooling units eventually require mechanical service
With proper installation and maintenance, in a properly designed wine cellar your WhisperKOOL unit should operate for 35,000 hours before mechanical service is required.
Consider an annual inspection service
In addition to standard maintenance, it is recommended that a certified HVAC/R technician perform an annual inspection of your cooling unit.
*The Slimline Units are designed to vent into the home, therefore the condenser side is quieter.
**To get a feeling for decibels, a food blender at 3ft is 90dBA, garbage disposal at 3ft is 85dBA, a vacuum cleaner at 10 ft is 75dBA, normal speech at 3ft is 79dBA, a dishwasher in the next room 53dBA,& a quiet night is 35dBA.
Dual (Redundant) cooling systems
A redundant system will keep your cellar environment from being compromised. It can be a second cooling unit, or the home A/C. A backup generator is a good idea in case of power failure.
Wine cellar cooling units require maintenance to perform at their optimum efficiency. With a redundant system, one cooling unit can remain operational while maintenance is being performed on the other.
Cooling larger areas
Sometimes it's a challenge to cool a large cellars that is in excess of 2000 cu. ft. with one powerful cooling unit, it's invaluable to have a redundant system with cooling units on opposite sides of the room.
Quiet operation with a smaller footprint
Rather then using a larger cooling unit in your cellar, a redundant cooling system (2 smaller units) may provide you with a quieter operating system with a smaller footprint.