Could the precious wines in your collection be going up in smoke? Many people overlook the essential role humidity plays in the wine cellars In dry climates, this overlooked wine storage factor can quickly result in the loss of wine through evaporation.
Why Are Humidity Levels So Important?
There’s more to wine storage than merely keeping things cool. When wine is bottled after fermentation and sealed with natural cork, moisture is essential to maintaining a tight seal. In dry, hot environments, cork can shrink, compromising its seal to allow for oxygen exposure and resulting in off-flavors and aromas, and ultimately, spoiled wine. Humidity control in your wine cellar is therefore essential to preventing this disastrous occurrence from effecting your entire collection.
Your Wine Cellar Cooling Unit Is Not Enough
Many wine aficionados mistakenly assume their carefully constructed cellar confines, combined with their wine cellar cooling systems, are enough to maintain the environment essential to preserving the premium flavors of their coveted collection. Unfortunately, a cooling unit alone cannot add moisture or humidify wine cellar air. Worse, cooling units also have the tendency to exacerbate this problem, removing humidity from the air as part of normal operation. An integrated humidifier is necessary to ensure the optimal level of relative humidity (RH) for wine – ideally around 60 to 70% RH.
Do I Need a Humidifier in My Wine Cellar?
For those that care about the quality of their collection, wine cellar humidity control and temperature must both be addressed. If you live in a dry region of the U.S., the addition of a wine cellar humidifier is indeed necessary. This is especially essential to preventing spoilage in hot, dry climates.
What to Look for in a Wine Cellar Humidifier
(Built-in) Wine cellar humidifiers distribute moisture evenly in the air circulated by your cooling unit. To ensure adequate protection and optimal performance, look for options with…
Ensure the Right Cooling & Humidification System to Protect Your Prized Collection
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