Medium Wine Cellar Unit Comparison (500-1000 cu. ft.)

Medium Wine Cellar Cooling Units

So, you have determined you are going to build a 500-1000 cubic foot wine cellar.  We are happy to provide you with a list of possible wine cellar cooling units for your consideration.  Futhermore, read through our buyer’s guide for medium sized wine cellar cooling units below.

Quick Buying Guide for Medium Cellar Cooling Unit

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Where will your wine cellar unit exhaust to?

One of the first things people shopping for a wine cellar unit should look at is the temperature delta.  Usually, wine cellar cooling units have a temperature delta between 30° – 55°.  So, if you will be exhausting your cellar unit to an area with ambient temperatures as high as 100° , most likely you will want a higher temperature delta.  For example, if ambient temperature is 110° a wine unit with a 30° delta would only be capable of lowering the cellar to 80°.  However, a cellar cooling unit with a 55° delta would be capable of lowering temperatures to 55° in the same environment!  Furthermore, the rear of the system (if a self-contained system) will generate the most noise.  So, make sure to locate the cooling unit wisely to reduce the amount of noice generated by the wine cellar cooler.

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Split systems vs self-contained systems:

Split system wine cellar coolers have two components.  The evaporator and compressor are two independent pieces of equipment in a split system.  Opposite, a self contained system groups both of these components in one housing.  Usually, self-contained systems are easier to install.  If you are looking to do a DIY install, look at a self-contained wine cellar cooling unit.  Because, they are manufactured to easily mount between standard wall studs.  Opposite, if you are willing to hire a professional then perhaps you should consider a split-system.  They offer the flexibility of locating the condenser in a remote location to reduce noise.

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Ducted System Worth The Cost?

Roughly half of medium sized wine cellars have ducted systems.  This includes many cellars that are partially ducted. Many self-contained wine cellar units can have ducting added.  Usually, however, it can only be added to one side and is not a “fully ducted” wine cellar cooler.

Fully ducted wine cellar units can be placed in a spot away from the cellar.  Because, the ducting will allow cool air to travel to the cellar.  Opposite, warm air will be exhausted outside of the house (or perhaps another room).  Also, a fully ducted system will allow you to save valuable space in your wine cellar!

Rather, split system wine cellar units have the most flexibility.  Because, you can choose to duct them as well.

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Sizing a Wine Cellar Cooling Unit

Wine cellar cooling units are rated in size by the cubic feet of space they can cool.  However, just because you have a 1000 cubic foot wine cellar does not mean a wine cellar cooler rated for this size will work for you.  We always recommend our clients buy a cellar cooler rated for slightly more cubic feet than their actual cellar is.  Because, many cellars are not properly insulated.  Also, constantly entering the cellar can cause the cooling unit to be overworked if it is underpowered.

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Medium Wine Cellar Cooling Unit Chart

  • Brand
  • Cellar Size
  • Installation Type
  • Insulated Line Set
  • BTUh @ 55°
  • Temperature Delta
  • Horsepower
  • CFM
  • AMPS (Starting/Running)
  • Drainline
  • Dimensions
  • Weight
  • Warranty
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