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Wine Cellar Cooling Systems – 3 Practical Installation Techniques

One of the more important questions people will have to deal with when building custom wine cellars is: “Which type of wine cooling system is the right one for my wine cellar?” At Coastal, we install 3 different types of wine cellar cooling units: Split System Cooling, Through-the-Wall Self Contained Cooling System and Ducted Air Handler Self Contained Cooling System. Each of these systems we offer has their own distinct advantages and gives you more than a few installation options to choose from.

Split System Cooling

Split system cooling units are basically two separate components. The condensing unit is placed outside the house while the 2nd component, the evaporator unit, is normally mounted inside the wine cellar room. This type of setup is ideal for cellar locations with a lot of limitations, such as lack of ventilation area or perhaps the presence living spaces within or around the wine cellar walls.

The following wine cellar refrigeration systems don’t use air ducts to ventilate air and just use pipelines to transfer refrigerate liquid to and from the wine cellar room.

Wine Cellar Cooling - CC Series

Cabinet Cooler Series by US Cellar Systems

Cabinet Cooler (CC) Series

The Cabinet Cooler Series is designed to control the flow of refrigerated air in relatively small and narrow spaces such as wine cabinets and wine closets. It is ideal in cases when only a low set point is required, such as when storing white wines or Champagne at serving temperature.



Wine Cellar Cooling - RM Series

Rack Cooler Series by US Cellar Systems

Rack Cooler (RM) Series

The Rack Cooler Series is designed for medium to high wine cellar temperature spaces. Because it can be installed on wine racks, it is perfect for wine cellars designed for maximum storage capacity.




Wine Cellar Cooling - WM Series

Wall Cooler Series by US Cellar Systems

Wall Cooler (WM) Series

The Wall Cooler Series is mounted vertically between standard wall studs similar to mounting a through-the-wall unit.  Installation is fairly easy since it requires absolutely no exhaust and only protrudes 1” into a room. It is great for oddly shaped rooms with lots of unused wall spaces such as in under-staircase wine cellars.


Through-the-Wall Self Contained Cooling System

Self-contained cooling systems have the two major components housed in a single container unit. This type is the easiest to install since you only need to bore a suitably sized hole on the wall and you’re almost done!

Through-the-Wall Self Contained Cooling System by WhisperKOOL

The WhisperKOOL XLT series is an economical solution for wine cellar cooling systems, designed especially for wine enthusiasts who are on a budget but would like to enjoy WhisperKOOL’s excellent quality and performance. It is equipped with a standard Condensate Evaporator which dissipates excess moisture collected during normal operation.

Extreme Platinum Series by WhisperKOOL

The Extreme Platinum series is more durable and perfect for exterior wall installations because of its 55°F temperature differential. Exterior wall deployment is possible due to its more powerful fans, larger coils and advanced controls compared to the more affordable XLT series.

Both WhisperKOOL series have options for Exhaust Duct Kits that allow you to vent warm exhaust air to another area other than the room adjacent to your cellar.

Ducted Air Handler Self-Contained Systems

Ducted air handler self-contained systems are essentially self-contained systems but instead of a through-the-wall installation, it uses air ducts to ventilate air to and from the wine cellar room. This type of setup eliminates the need for a suitable adjacent room for ventilation.

Wine Cellar Cooling - CellarMate

Ducted Air Handler Self-Contained Cooling System by CellarMate

CellarMate‘s self contained cooling unit uses air ducts to vent air thus providing wine collectors, as well as HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) and refrigeration professionals, versatility with its multiple installation options.




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