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Preparing A Cellar

Important – Insulating your Cellar (PDF)


A wine cellar/store may be placed almost anywhere in the house, although it is preferable to avoid areas which receive direct sunlight for much of the day. However, the area to which the conditioner expels its hot air must be ventilated and must not usually reach temperatures higher than 30°C. THE UNIT WILL NOT WORK NOR BE COVERED BY OUR GUARANTEE UNLESS THE ROOM IS FULLY INSULATED: WALLS, FLOOR, CEILING.


Studwork Partition - Insulation material must be placed in the cavities of the studding.

Existing Rooms - Dry line the walls with insulation blocks; cover and finish with plaster board.

Floors and Ceilings - Insulate ceiling and floor cavities; if the floor and/or ceiling is solid, make a false ceiling and/or floor, placing insulation material in them. EQUIVALENT TO 80MM HIGH DENSITY POLYSTYRENE. Polyurethane sheets may also be used. Material to each surface must have an R value greater than 2.66 or less than U 0.35 Other suitable materials are Celotex or Kingspan.

Doors - ensure that doors are draught proofed, solid and insulated.

Glass - Glass is a poor insulator and we do not recommend its use. Small windows in the door or wall maybe acceptable if at least double glazed (triple preferred) with a high-insulation value.

Do not use fibre based insulating materials - polystyrene or foam blocks are suitable.