Whisperkool is one of the top selling brands of wine cellar cooling units - and for good reason. With 30 years of experience and over 400,000 happy customers, Whisperkool is the first brand brought up when talking about wine refrigeration units. They offer a wide range of wine cellar cooling units to fit your cellar needs. Whisperkool offers you two main type of units Self Contained and Split Systems with the ability to get a duct models for both types of systems.
Due to split systems’ technical complexity a qualified HVAC technician must install them.
Self Contained Units - A self housing unit traditionally mounted through a wall and without ducting. the evaporator side of the unit would be located in the wine cellar. While the condenser side sits in an adjacent room.
Fully Ducted Self Contained - Much like the self contained unit, the evaporator and condenser are housed in the same unit with one major difference. They can be installed in a remote location allowing you to use ducting and eliminating the noise of the unit.
Ducted Split System - Whisperkools split systems separate the condenser and evaporator. When using a ducted split system this allows you to have both to in remote locations while saving wall space and reducing noise in the cellar.
Ductless Split System - Whisperkool's ductless split systems are designed for the evaporator to be mounted on the wall or ceiling depending on the model while having the condenser installed in a remote location by an HVAC technician.
This product family includes our SC Series, Slimline, and non-ducted Extreme ti and tiR units. As the name implies self contained Whisperkool products are self contained units, both the evaporator unit and condenser unit share a single housing.
The advantage of self-contained units is that they are relatively easy to install. As with all cooling units, however, it is absolutely vital to have a properly constructed wine cellar. Self-contained units are customarily mounted through a wall. The evaporator side of the unit is located in the wine cellar. The condenser side of the unit sits in an adjacent room, such as a utility room.
Whisperkool self contained units must have adequate ventilation. Hot exhaust air must have room to dissipate. This will prevent the condenser side of the unit from overheating. WhisperKOOL recommends that self-contained units must have three feet of clearance on all sides. Wine cellars should also have adequate insulation. R-13 is the recommended minimum; R-19 is best for interior cellar walls, and R-30 for ceilings and exterior walls. A cellar also needs a vapor barrier. This is a thin sheet of plastic or foam that fully encloses the cellar and prevents water vapor from entering or leaving the cellar.
Fully ducted self-contained units differ from regular self-contained units in one important aspect. Instead of being installed through the wall, they are installed in a remote location such as an attic. The warm exhaust air from the condenser moves to the outside of the house or into a utility room or garage, also via ducting. The cool air from the evaporator side of the system moves into the cellar via ducting.
Our family of fully ducted self-contained units includes fully ducted Extreme tiR units and the Phantom as seen in the video. The obvious advantage of ducting a self-contained unit is that cellar owners don’t have to install the unit in their cellar. This saves space for extra bottles. Ducted units are generally quieter than units installed in the cellar. You can install the unit almost anywhere as long as the location does not exceed 25 duct feet from the cellar. (Fifty feet of ducting is the maximum.)
In some cases, cellar owners don’t want to see or hear their unit in the cellar. Sometimes cellar owners want to save as much wall space as possible for bottles, too. In cases like these, fully ducted split systems might be the best option. It can be installed in a remote location and cool air ducted into the cellar. Similarly, the condensing unit does not have to be installed in a convenient venting location such as an attic or a concrete pad outside the building. It can install almost anywhere with adequate ventilation within 100 feet.
WhisperKOOL’s fully ducted split systems include ducted versions of the Platinum Split and Twin Platinum Split, as well as our Quantum series. These four product families make up WhisperKOOL’s entire product line. As we’ve seen, WhisperKOOL products come in many varieties and different applications.
WhisperKOOL’s line of split systems includes the Ceiling Mount, Twin Ceiling Mount, Mini Ceiling Mount, the Platinum Mini Split, and ductless versions of the Platinum Split and Twin Platinum Split.
Split systems have several advantages, in many cases, there’s no convenient, well-ventilated place for a self-contained unit to vent its hot exhaust air. Split systems solve that problem by enabling the condensing unit to be installed in a remote location.
The evaporator unit mounts to the wall of the cellar (except in the case of Ceiling Mounts, which are mounted in the ceiling). This provides maximum cooling power. The installation technician can install the condensing unit elsewhere, such as an attic or outdoors. This minimizes noise.