There are some sounds we hear which automatically bring a sense of well-being and relaxation.
The sound of crickets late at night, the ocean gently lapping on a sand beach, the evaporator coil in your wine cellar smacking against the wall.
The annoying sound of an evaporator coil thumping inside of your cellar is NOT a soothing sound. But depending on who you use to design and install your wine cellar cooling system, you could end up with a multi–level noise disaster every time you step inside. We are guessing this is not on your list of Top 10 Hits.
Arctic Metalworks: Masters of Quiet Wine Cellar Mechanics
Arctic knows you didn’t invest in a custom wine cellar just to have the mechanical noise make you wish you were somewhere else. A wine cellar is a place of ambiance and charm. When you step inside you should feel transported to a unique environment, free from care – and frankly – every day noises.
Not every installer understands how to make this happen. But Arctic does.
Deep Sea Newport Project
This home in beautiful Deep Sea Newport is a perfect example.
Arctic was hired to install the mechanical systems for the new wine cellar. They were given very specific instructions that there was to be NO noise in the wine cellar itself.
This was a challenging request since all wine cellar equipment will make noise. It can be caused by something as simple as the friction of air being pushed through a duct. Since wine cellar cooling units are all about air movement, David and his team had to figure out how to do the impossible.
Let’s Look at Some Facts
The amount of noise from a wine cellar cooling system is determined by several factors. One factor is how often that unit needs to run. A typical system will need to run anywhere from 50 to 70% of the time in order to maintain the temperatures needed for wine storage. That’s a lot of noise in a 24 hour day.
Another factor is what kind of system is used. A single unit system will likely cause more noise, therefor split-system units are the choice when noise-reduction is a necessity.
So if that is the case, what split system is best?
Arctic will look at the potential mechanical systems with a “big-picture” lens. They have learned over the years that you don’t just toss any old wine cellar cooling system into a custom wine cellar. “Custom” means that the cellar comes with its own unique disposition. Before any decisions are made, several factors have to be taken into consideration. These include;
- the size of the space
- the construction of the walls
- the amount of insulation used
- the proximity of the cellar walls to the sun’s heat
- use of a vapor barrier
- the materials used in the doors
- what kind of lighting is used inside the cellar
Beyond The Facts
So if Arctic was tasked with the impossible – how did they do it?
From outside the finished cellar looking in, you’d be hard pressed to see any evidence of mechanical equipment. That’s the minimum in good design and technical know-how. The maximum is the ingenious low-profile ducting. Here’s the story, in a nutshell.
A Perfect Solution
After taking all the variables into consideration, Arctic devised a game-plan. First, they made the decision to go with a Unicom high static pressure forced air unit. These units are ducted, split systems – and known for their quiet operation. Still, they didn’t want to take any chances. For this project in Deep Sea Newport, they put the coil in an equipment room about 40 feet from the cellar, then ran the ducting through the space between the floors. In the cellar itself, ten 2” ducts were installed. Those ten ducts ensured that the temperatures would be completely even throughout the cellar, and that the cellar would be completely silent – as the owners requested.
In the end, Arctic achieved what lesser refrigeration companies could not. Their years of experience with refrigeration equipment made this possible.