If you’re fortunate enough to enjoy your own home wine cellar, then you probably know that proper cooling is paramount to the space. For your wine to mature and retain its many attractive qualities, you need to procure the ideal professional cellar cooling system that’s right for your room.

Learn about some of the fundamental aspects of each type of system, and weigh the pros and cons before making this very important purchase.


What’s a self-contained system?

For homeowners who want to save time, money, and the added expense of hiring a professional installer, a self-contained wine cooling system is the best option. As a stand-alone unit, you can mount the device anywhere there’s room between a wall’s studs. As one side of the system pumps cool air into the cellar space, the other exhausts unwanted heat, thus regulating the room’s temperature.

While a self-contained system is affordable and easy to install, they can be quite noisy and may not be feasible in certain spaces. Still, they’re a go-to option for many beginners looking to build their first dedicated wine space. Finally, a self-contained system is relatively sleek and small, but it’s visibly noticeable enough that many homeowners would rather have a more concealed system.



What’s a split system?

Similar to what many use in their basements or businesses for heating/cooling purposes, a split system allows you to move the condenser portion of the unit to another location. While the evaporator delivers cool air inside the cellar itself, the split design diverts heat to the noisy condenser somewhere outside.

The split system is a viable option for home or business owners who want flexibility to change down the line, as many can be duct-adapted. However, there’s still the issue of the system being an eyesore in your proud cellar space.



What’s a water-cooled system?

Although not the most popular option for maintaining cellar temperature, a water-cooled system is completely practical and achieves the same result as an air-based model.

Instead of using outside air to remove heat from the unit’s condenser, a water-cooled system draws from a water source to do the same exact job. However, it goes without saying that the unit demands constant water, so it works well in a building or home with geothermal power or cooling towers. The upside? Water-cooled models require less energy to run and eliminate the problem of noise.



What’s a fully-ducted system?

For the wine cellar owner who desires subtlety and total integration, a fully-ducted system is the hands-down best selection. While installation, material, and unit costs will be on the pricier side, a fully-ducted cellar cooling system is completely versatile. You can choose where to place vents for cosmetic and practical purposes, and you won’t have to worry about the noise of a self-contained system. If you do choose to go this option, we have several WhisperKool Fully Ducted Systems available.

Still, this option requires careful planning and a hired professional. Also, extensive ductwork may not be feasible in your particular space, depending on the age and construction of the home or business.

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