Bespoke Wine Cellar Installation
A bespoke wine cellar design is unique and additionally, is individual according to your taste. A person may want rich hardwood. Others, a hand-stitched leather with a beautiful lighting display. Another person may want seamless glass finishes. Maybe a marble shelf. Even acrylic to display their magnificent collection of wines, champagnes as well as cigars…
There is more to custom climate control than just using air conditioning installation contractors to fit a residential air conditioning installation unit. Over long Wine Storage periods, the cooling effect in a bespoke wine cellar can draw the moisture out of the air. This creates a dry atmosphere. Furthermore, this, in turn, causes the corks in the wines to dry out. The cork will shrink and crack. This will allow air in, causing your precious wines to ‘spoil’ and ‘cork’. Cigars also, if not kept in the right conditions will quickly dry out. Humidity control and energy efficient design is the key feature incorporated into all bespoke wine cellars to alleviate this.
Bespoke Wine Cellar Cooling Systems..
It is important you get the cooling system right! A wine cellar specialist must be qualified in climate control and the understanding of heat removal so as to correctly store your wine.
Furthermore, if the wine is the valued product here then the understanding of how to preserve it is ultimately of paramount importance.
Ask the following questions as part of your wine cellar design consultation:
What temperature should wine be stored? why?
What will the temperature fluctuations be at which the cooling system will perform in operation?
Which humidification system is best? What level of humidity should be present at what temperatures?
Will the humidification system use demineralised water or mains water?
Any bespoke wine cellar cooling system installer, should therefore be able to answer the following questions
What is heat? Energy
How is energy removed from the air? Evaporation
Are there different types of heat? Latent and sensible heat
How do we remove heat and not moisture? Low-temperature differences
Here at ECS, we specify and install custom refrigeration systems with all of the above understanding in design. A refrigeration system is unlike an Air conditioning Installation.
The process in which a refrigeration system cools the bespoke wine cellar is to slowly drop the temperature while maintaining the moisture. Refrigeration therefore keeps produce (food and liquids) rather then an air-conditioning system designed to get to temperature as quickly as possible. This is evident where you see an air conditioning unit creating a rush of continual condensate water when in operation. Avoiding this type of installation will allow your wine to best store and mature over the correct period of time.
Basement Custom Wine Cellar
A basement custom wine cellar with a spiral staircase for your wine storage is the perfect way to utilise unseen space. Utilise the unused space while keeping in the theme and beautiful décor of your home. In turn, you may well increase the value of your home with an integrated wine cellar in your basement.
However, when dealing with below ground level it is essential that the correct civil, structural, and build qualified individuals are managing the project. Ingress below ground water is a common factor when excavating in your home. The process needs to be handled in a very pragmatic way, with a plan of investigation works first. In turn, a contingency plan must be in place for the number of variables found when going under ground.
The design may require a two fold design of managing firstly the ingress ground water and secondary the room condensation. A commercial chamber pump system to pump out ground water, along with a secondary basement tanking membrane design to manage dew point condensation between the structural wall and the stud wall.