Things to Consider When Planning a Custom Wine Cellar for Your Home

The first consideration when thinking about adding a custom wine cellar to your home is where to locate it. Will it be on the ground level of the house? Do you have a basement? Will it be on the second floor or higher? Will your cellar be inside the house and will it be adjacent to an outside wall? A winery can be built in any of these locations. Each presents different challenges when adding a climate control system to the home.

The climate control system or the refrigeration or cooling unit … however you refer to it, is the second thing to consider. There are several types of systems available today. Each type comes in a variety of sizes to fit the size of your cellar. It is best to consult a warehouse specialist to determine the correct size and type of unit you will need. You may buy a perfect wine racking system via

Most units say they are good for a specific size of basement cubic footage, but don't completely rely on that. Many factors come into play when deciding the size of the drive you will need. A cellar specialist can do a "heat load calculation" using your specifications to determine the size of the unit you will need.

The most cost-effective is a stand-alone unit or a "through the wall" system. This type of unit is exactly what it says. The evaporator and condenser are built into one unit that sits on the wall and vents from the basement to the adjacent room. For this system to work, you must have a room next to the cellar that is at least twice the size of the cellar you are cooling and that has heating and air conditioning. The unit will emit heat by removing that heat from the basement.