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9 Best Wine Cellar Cooling Units

9 Best Wine Cellar Cooling Units

After making sure your cellar is properly sealed and insulated, it is now time to choose which cooling unit best fits your wine cellar. We have to consider the size of your cellar, the initial cost of the unit along with the running cost, and ease of its maintenance and cleaning before you choose the cooling system for your home or commercial establishments.

But first, what is a wine cellar cooling unit? The main focus of a cooling unit is to maintain the temperature and humidity inside your cellar. 

We have to remember the balance of temperature and humidity is critical to aging and storing your wine. The temperature affects the maturation --- tastes, flavor, and aroma --- while the humidity affects the cork's condition.

A wine cellar cooling unit makes sure to retain the right combination and levels of temperature and humidity.

 

How to Design the Perfect Home Wine Cellar

Our friends at Redfin sought the help of wine experts to give you some pointers on how to create the ideal home wine cellar. These, they say, are the tools you'll need to effectively organize and store your wine.

  1. Plan it out
  2. Make it your own
  3. Consider accessibility
  4. Stability is key
  5. Invest in sturdy storage
  6. Don’t neglect humidity
  7. Stay still
  8. Prioritize function over aesthetics
  9. Use properly insulated glass
  10. Location, location, location
  11. Take advantage of wine tech
  12. Focus on organization
  13. Consult with the pros
  14. Be redundant with your equipment
How to Design the Perfect Home Wine Cellar

 

Three Types of Wine Cellar Cooling Units

Now that we know the main goal of getting the proper cooling system for your wine cellar, let's not look into the main types of cooling units to make sure you get the right one for the size and needs of your wine cellar.

Ducted Wine Cellar Cooling System

From the name itself, ducted cooling units supply chilled or cool air in your cellars through ducts. This type of cooling system has an evaporator and condenser outside the house and can be installed up to 25ft away to provide flexibility and to reduce the noise it produces. Because of this, it doesn't need to vent or handle exhaust or hot air. Ducted cooling units provide a subtle temperature --- between 50-65°F --- and humidity range of 50-65% RH. 

This is great for people who like to collect various types of wines for long periods of time. Also, it is the best choice if you want the least invasive footprint in your wine cellar and money is not an issue.

Ductless Split Wine Cellar Cooling System

Ductless split cooling units are known to produce even cooling from small to big and large wine cellars. With this type of cooling unit, the condenser and evaporator are split. The evaporator is installed or mounted in the cellar usually connected by a copper piping to the condenser --- commonly a free-standing unit located outdoors. 

If you have bigger or spacious wine cellars, the ductless split cooling system is a cost-efficient option and it doesn't require an HVAC licensed professional to install it in your homes. This is the best choice if you want to balance the money you spend, power, and aesthetics.

Self-Contained Wine Cellar Cooling System

A self-contained cooling system is the easiest one to install. It is like installing an air conditioning unit or a window in your wine cellar. Just make sure you have a hole or space to install this cooling system. This type is the most affordable unit on our list and it also includes built-in temperature and humidity control.

This cooling system is a great choice if you have a limited budget and a small wine cellar.

Pros and Cons 

Here's a summary of the 3 types of wine cellar cooling systems:

 

Pros (Advantages)
Cons (Disadvantages)
Ducted Cooling System
  • Creates a perfect environment for long term wine storage
  • Installed outside the cellar
  • Less noise
  • Low vibrations
  • Hidden
  • Flexibility of installation
  • Great for big to large wine cellars
  • Costly Installation
  • Needs to hire HVAC licensed professional
  • Requires full access --- walls and ceilings for installation
  • Installation is expensive
Ductless Split Cooling System
  • Relatively budget-friendly
  • Perfect for large wine cellars
  • Requires less installation process
  • In-house evaporator
  • Great for long-term wine storage
  • Noisier compared to ducted
  • Needs separate controls for humidity
  • Expensive if you have a small cellar
Self-Contained Cooling System
  • Great for small wine cellars
  • Most affordable and convenient
  • Built-in temperature and humidity controls
  • Can be installed by almost any handy person
  • Needs little to no renovation 
  • Installation flexibility
  • Noisiest unit
  • Designed to be mounted the wall inside/outside the cellar
  • They stick out of the wall
  • You might need to uninstall the unit for repair and maintenance

9 Best Wine Cellar Cooling Units

Let's now look at the list of the 9 best wine cellar cooling units available in the market. To make sure you can find the right one, we listed various types of cooling systems to help you out.

WhisperKOOL Extreme 8000tiR Self-Contained Cooling Unit WKEX8000 (w/ Remote)

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The WhisperKool Extreme 8000tiR self-contained cooling unit WKEX8000 was designed for an easy installation process. You do not have to hire an HVAC-R technician to install your cooling unit. It should be installed through the wall.

The WKEX8000 used KDT Plus remote controller and thermostat. The best part is, you can install the controller outside your cellar to let you control the temperature without going inside. The WhisperKool Extreme 8000tiR is definitely worth checking out if you are looking for a quiet but easy-to-install cooling unit.

Specs

Cellar Size: Approx 2000 cu. ft., if the cellar is fully insulated and sealed with proper vapor barries.
Dimensions: 28"L x 14.25"W x 22.5"H
Refrigerant: R-134a
Duct Size: 8" supply, 10" return
Temperature:  Can maintain a 55°F temperature and up to 110°F condenser air intake

Breezaire WKL 6000 Wine Cellar Cooling System

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The Breezaire WKL 6000 features an adjustable temperature to make it possible for you to control the condition inside your cellar. It maintains the humidity in the 50-75% range to eliminate excess moisture to preserve the good condition of the cork of your wines. The WKL 6000 is perfectly engineered to control vibrations by dampening mounts and to cool your cellar as quietly as possible. Look at its full features today!

Specs

Cellar Size: Approx 1500 cu. ft
Dimensions: 16.25W x 22.00H x 22.25D
Weight: 101lbs

WhisperKool Platinum Split Twin System Ductless Wall-Mounted

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WhisperKool platinum split twin is a cooling system with an evaporator unit and condensing unit split into 2 separate units that don't have to be installed in the same area. The evaporator unit is located inside or near the cellar while the condensing unit can be located outside your cellar, in your attic, or utility room and up to 100ft away from the evaporator unit. Make sure to check out the full features of the WhisperKool Platinum Split Twin!

You need to hire an HVAC-R technician to install the Whisperkool split twin.

Specs

Cellar Size: Approx 3000 cu. ft., if the cellar is fully insulated and sealed with proper vapor barries.
Dimensions (Evaporator): 16.1"L x 20.5”W x 15.5”H (x2)
Dimensions (Condenser): 24”L x 18.98"W x 16.16"H
Weight (Evaporator): 57 lbs (per unit)
Weight (Condenser): 75 lbs
Temperature:  Can maintain a 55°F temperature and up to 110°F condenser air intake

Breezaire Wine Cellar Cooling Unit WKSL 4000

Breezaire Wine Cellar Cooling Unit WKSL 4000

The Breezaire WKSL 4000 is designed with easy and fast installation in mind. Any equipped and qualified refrigeration or air conditioning technician can install this cooling unit. The WKSL 4000 has a flexible split style, where the evaporator is installed inside your wine cellar while the condenser can be located up to 50ft away from the evaporator. If you are looking for more flexible installation and quieter cellar, the Breezaire WKSL 4000 might be the one for you.

Specs

Cellar Size: Approx 1000 cu. ft.
Dimensions (Fan/Coil): 14.25W x 19.75H x 12.375D 
Dimensions (Condenser): 14.25W x 19.75H x 12.375D
Weight (Fan/Coil): 45 lbs
Weight (Condenser): 55 lbs

WhisperKool Extreme 3500ti Self-Contained Wine Cellar Cooling Unit

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The WhisperKool Extreme 3500ti Self-Contained cooling unit is designed for a reliable starting and running performance with a quick and simple installation process. This cooling unit can be located up to 25ft away from your cellar with a 50ft remote digital display cable making it easy to monitor and adjust the temperature in your wine cellar. If you are looking for a quiet and durable wine cellar cooling unit, WhisperKool Extreme 3500ti is definitely worth checking out.

Specs

Cellar Size: Approx 800 cu. ft., if the cellar is fully insulated and sealed with proper vapor barries.
Dimensions: 28"L x 14.25"W x 15.75"H
Weight: 115 lbs
Duct Size: 8" supply, 8" return
Temperature:  Can maintain a 55°F temperature and up to 110°F condenser air intake

WhisperKOOL Phantom 3500 Fully Ducted Self-Contained System

          

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The Phantom Series Cooling Systems from WhisperKOOL combine powerful cooling capacity with flexible installation options. If you have limited space in your cellar and require a strong, completely ducted cooling system, the WhisperKOOL Phantom 3500 Fully Ducted Self-Contained System is the cooling device for you 

Specs

Cellar Size: Approx. 800 cu.ft. when wine cellar is fully insulated and sealed with a proper vapor barrier
Dimensions: 37" x 15.75" x 15.75" (without duct plenums), 48" x 15.75" x 22.75" (duct plenums on top of unit), 48" x 22.75" x 15.75" (duct plenums on side of unit)
Duct Size: 8" supply, 10" return (evaporator and condenser)
Weight: 115 lbs
Temperature: Can maintain a 55°F cellar temperature with up to 110°F condenser air intake temperature

WhisperKool Ductless Twin Split Ceiling Mount

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WhisperKool Ductless Twin Split Ceiling Mount offers the best efficiency when it comes to dispersing air inside your cellars. This cooling unit draws in the warmer air collected at the ceiling, then cooling and dispersing the cooled air in your cellar.

It is hidden in your ceiling making it visually invisible. It comes with KDT digital thermostat controller you can install up to 50ft. Look at the full features of the WhisperKool Ductless Twin Split Ceiling Mount if you are looking for a more flexible and hidden cooling unit!

Specs

Cellar Size: Approx 3000 cu. ft., if the cellar is fully insulated and sealed with proper vapor barries.
Dimensions (Evaporator): 35.75”L x 14.5”W x 12.75”H
Dimensions (Condenser): 16.08”L x 16.23”W x 12.61"H
Weight (Evaporator): 80 lbs
Weight (Condenser): 67 lbs

Breezaire WKCE 2200 Wine Cellar Cooling System

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Breezaire WKCE 2200 is famous for its compact design, perfectly made to be installed in cabinets, with cold air discharge at the bottom. Because of this, the WKCE 2200 is not rated for any specific cubic feet or dimensions of your cellar. It comes with a power outage protection --- delays startup when a power outage occurs --- and blocked airflow protection --- shuts down the unit and protects your unit in case of high temperatures --- making the Breezaire WKCE 2200 worth looking into.

Specs

Dimensions: 18W x 10.5H x 16.6D  
Weight: 55lbs

WhisperKool Self-Contained Wine Cellar Unit SC PRO 8000

   WhisperKool Self-Contained Wine Cellar Unit SC PRO 8000    WhisperKool Self-Contained Wine Cellar Unit SC PRO 8000     WhisperKool Self-Contained Wine Cellar Unit SC PRO 8000

SC PRO 8000 is the latest and modern system design technology offering of WhisperKool. This cooling unit comes with a new blower fan system which significantly lessens the noise and vibration it produces for your wine cellar. It also has a condensate management system.

This effectively evaporates moisture up to 3oz of water vapor per hour. Check out the whole list of features of the WhiperKool SC PRO 8000 today.

Specs

Cellar Size: Approx 1500 cu. ft., if the cellar is fully insulated and sealed with proper vapor barries.
Dimensions: 21.64"L x 14.25"W x 22.56"H
Weight: 65 lbs

Choosing the Best Wine Cellar Cooling Unit

Before you buy a cooling unit, you need to consider the space and ventilation requirements of your wine cellar. If you are going for split types, you also need to think where you want to install the evaporator --- inside your cellar or ducted outside --- and the construction that entails this process. 

These 9 wine cellar cooling units are great for various types and dimensions of your cellars in your home or any commercial establishments. But if you are not a big collector and don't have a lot of space in your home to have your own wine cellar, wine coolers are definitely something you might want to look into.

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Cyndy - May 11, 2021

I’m looking for a cooling unit for a 126 cu ft wine cellar

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