During the initial design and actual construction of a custom residential wine room, careful attention must be given to several key components, in order to create the right environment for proper wine storage. The presence of insulation, vapor barrier, and residential wine cellar cooling California are crucial prerequisites in every climate controlled home wine cellars.
Proper insulation helps maintain the ideal temperature levels in a wine storage space, while a vapor barriers inhibit moisture migration, which could otherwise lead to mold infestation. Home wine cellars refrigeration equipment is designed to help achieve a stable environment by keeping temperature and humidity at constant levels.
Improper installation of these materials will not only incapacitate the room, but also damage the wine cellar cooling equipment and wine collectibles. Take, for example, the residential wine cellar of motocross superstar Ryan Villopoto in Corona del Mar, California. Original construction of the wine storage area was done by the general contractor of the home, but the latter’s lack of knowledge on the techniques involved in proper wine cellar design and installation proved damaging to the room.
Arctic Metalworks, the wine cellar cooling experts of Southern California, was tasked to improve the design and functionality of Ryan’s existing wine cellar space. Since most of the supporting structure was improperly installed by the original contractor, the Arctic team had to rebuild the entire wine storage space from scratch in order to create the ideal climate conditions for cellaring wines.
A moisture test conducted by Arctic Metalworks determined that the vapor barrier was applied to the wrong side of the wall. The residential wine cellar cooling equipment’s condenser unit was squeezed into a drywall box, which caused the compressor to overheat badly.
For this home wine cellars Corona del Mar California project, the Arctic team removed all existing structure, including insulation, vapor barriers, and residential wine cellar cooling California equipment. To insulate the building envelope, the Arctic team sprayed polyurethane foam into the wall cavity. Vapor barrier with Italian plaster finish was then applied to the warm side of the wall.
As the premier manufacturer and provider of wine cellar cooling systems, Arctic Metalworks chose a ductless split residential wine cellar cooling unit. A split system is a type of home wine cellar cooling system that houses the evaporator and condenser separately. The separated units are connected together by a line set. This feature allows the noisiest part of the equipment (the condensing unit) to be located remotely; thus promoting a very calm and quiet storage environment.
For this custom residential wine cellar cooling California project, the Arctic team placed the evaporator unit inside the wine room and covered it with a large AC style vent to keep it hidden from view. They drilled a hole through the interior wall and ran their line set to the yard, where the condenser unit was located. Placing the condenser outdoors will provide the equipment with proper ventilation and help keep it constantly cool.
Arctic Metalworks installed a digital control system to allow for easy monitoring and accurate reading of thermostat data, and alert the wine collector of any significant changes in temperature. Since this technological feature is compatible with most mobile devices, daily monitoring of wine collectibles is made possible for owners who are constantly on the go.
Ryan Villopoto is a 3-time supercross and 5-time motocross champion. He currently races for the Kawasaki Racing Team in the AMA Supercross series and the AMA Lucas Oil Motocross series.