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Wine Cellar Cooling Systems – How to Build A Cool One

The cellar cooling systems are specifically designed to maintain a constant temperature between 55 and 57 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity levels between 50 and 70 percent. Proper humidity levels will keep the corks sufficiently moist and swollen, ensuring a firmer seal while the proper temperature will moderate the aging process of your wine.

Always remember:

• If the humidity is too low, the corks dry out, thus allowing air to enter the bottle and if oxidation occurs, the wine will surely be ruined.

• If the humidity is too high, you run the risk of mold forming on corks, labels, and bottle racks.

• If the temperature is too cold, the wine becomes sluggish and would end up with a flat taste rather than fruity and sparkling.

• If the temperature is too high, you run the risk of cooking the wine and aging it prematurely.

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Ideally, however, the basement room should be precisely designed and built with the right conditions for these temperature and humidity variables to the function.

The wine room

Before installing a wine refrigeration system, make sure the room is sealed against steam and properly insulated.

• All walls and ceilings must scale with a vapor barrier on the "warm side" of the walls. 6 or 8 mils plastic sheeting is highly recommended.

• Interior walls must be insulated with a minimum of R-19. We recommend the use of a rigid foam board. Also, all cracks should be filled with expanding spray foam.

• All walls have a moisture-resistant green board finish.

• Doors must be solid wood and / or insulated and weatherstripping is vital for a tight seal.

• Glass must be double pane with a minimum 1/2 "gap.

• Lighting should be of low power.