Are Wine Fridges Expensive to Run

Do Wine Fridges Use A Lot of Electricity?

As a wine connoisseur, investing in a dedicated appliance for your bottles is the best thing to do. 

Wine fridges are a great way to store your favorite bottles of wine. They are designed to keep your wine at a constant level, so you don’t have to worry about them getting too warm or too cool.

Want to install a wine fridge? Read on to learn more about wine fridges. 

How Much Electricity Does A Wine Fridge Use?

Wine fridges use less energy and are about 10 to 20 degrees Celsius warmer than conventional fridges. However, the cost of running a wine refrigerator can be expensive, especially if you have a large collection. 

The amount of electricity required depends on the size and type of wine cooler you choose to buy. Smaller units use less energy than larger ones; however, remember that larger wine coolers also take longer to cool down.  

The average cost of running a wine refrigerator is around $0.01 per hour. Therefore, running your wine fridge for 24 hours per day will only cost 24 cents per week ($0.24 per week). However, if you have multiple zones in your fridge, this number could be higher or lower depending on how much space each zone takes up in your refrigerator’s interior space. 

Electricity consumption is one factor that affects the appliance’s size, style, and specifications. Let us take a look at the factors below.

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Common Problems With Wine Coolers— Plus DIY Solutions

There’s nothing quite frustrating as having your wine cooler malfunction right when you need a chilled bottle of wine. Wines are always best served chilled, so it’s up to you to do everything possible to keep your wine refrigerator functioning properly at all times. You wouldn’t want your carefully-selected wine collection to go bad, all because of some faults with your wine fridge.

Several problems can develop in a wine refrigerator. But generally, these problems can be classified into three:

  • Temperature problems.
  • Noise problems.
  • Lighting and power problems.

The most common, and indeed the most disturbing, are temperature problems.

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Quiet Wine Fridges

Are wine fridges quiet? What do you need to look for in a wine fridge to make sure is quiet?

There are no universally agreed levels of sound that define when a particular fridge is considered noisy or quiet, as this is subjective and can vary quite a lot from person to person, however, there are some industry guidelines you can follow to help you understand what noise level you should you be looking for, or even better, try to avoid.

First of all, it is important to mention that compared to a standard refrigerator or freezer, some wine fridges can produce slightly more noise. The good news is that most of today’s modern wine fridges keep everything inside perfectly cool while being whisper-quiet. The technology used to make refrigerators quieter has improved dramatically over time, as has their energy efficiency, however, there are still some models in the market that are louder than others, so it’s important to consider this before you buy one to ensure that you end up with the quietest wine fridge available.

This is why our experts in bestwinefridges, have done all the research to help you find the right fridge for you. Here is what we found:

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Everything You Must Know About Wine Aerators

Wine aerators can elevate your tasting experience because they allow your wine to breathe, by enabling contact with oxygen. This, in turn, triggers an oxidation and evaporation reaction that enhances its flavor and aroma.

A wine aerator is a powerful and necessary tool to enjoy the full character, aroma, and texture of any wine. But choosing the right one demands understanding its function, the different types, and how to use them effectively for the best results. This article will guide you on everything you need to know about wine aerators so you can choose the best one for every occasion.

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Ultimate Guide to Wine Carafes And Decanters

When it comes to the art of pouring wine, wine carafes and decanters are great tools to have in your arsenal.

Instead of serving wine straight from the bottle, consider using a decanter to allow oxygen to flow through the wine thereby, unlocking its enriching taste. Most importantly, decanting separates the unpleasent sediments from the precious liquid.

This article will help you decide if you need one, the different types available, what to look for when buying one, how to decant a variety of wines and more.

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Ultimate Guide to Using Wine Bottle Openers and Corkscrews

Your love affair with wine is never complete without the perfect wine bottle opener. Uncorking a wine bottle is an unique experience. After all, getting that cork out of your bottle of wine requires more skill than popping a beer bottle.

Without the perfect corkscrew, there is a risk of breaking your wine bottle, crushing the cork, or worse, not being able to enjoy that wine. Hence, corkscrews and wine openers are also important wine accessories. This is why you will find wine openers of diverse styles and designs suitable for different events. Each type of them comes with its unique advantages and drawbacks.

There are also no perfects as your ideal one will depend on your style, preferences, and budget. Therefore, we have created this guide to share with you the different types including step-by-step processes on how to use them.

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Wine storage basics you need to know

These are the main aspects to consider when storing wines:

Temperature: In order for a wine to age properly and maintain its flavor, it is important to be store at the right temperature. The recommended temperature range is between 45°F and 65°F / 7°C and 18°C, with the optimum temperature being 55°F/12°C.  In order to maintain its seal, the cork always needs to be moist.  Any temperature fluctuations may cause the wine to expand making the wine to push out the cork or contract which may cause the cork to dried-out. Even a short exposure to extreme temperatures can cause a wine to lose it stunning aroma and to age poorly. Wine refrigerators prevent temperature fluctuations and create the perfect environment for the wines to age.

Light: Exposing a wine to UV light can cause premature aging. This is why most wine bottles are made of dark colored glass. For this reason, we recommend only buying wine refrigerators fitted with LED lights as these are free from the negative effects of light exposure.

Humidity: The ideal humidity level to store wines is 70%, although a safe range between 50 to 80% is good. Most wine coolers these days feature humidity control to help keep these levels constant. Too much humidity can cause mold to form.  On the other hand, if there is insufficient moisture the wine can become oxidized.

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Do I need a wine fridge?

What is the difference between a standard fridge and a wine fridge?

There are many reasons why you should avoid storing wine in a standard fridge.

Standard refrigerators are set between 32-40°F /0°C-5°C . This is way below wine’s ideal temperature, which is 55°F/12°C.  This means that it will greatly slow the maturation process.

In addition, standard refrigerators are designed to cool rapidly whereas wine coolers lower the temperature gradually.

With regards to the humidity, standard fridges decrease the humidity to 10% or lower which is again too low for a wine. This may dry out the cork and the wine will then oxidize.  Wine coolers are designed to maintain the humidity constant to around 70%.

Standard fridges’ door is usually opened and closed constantly which will cause lots of light and vibrations that are harmful to wine.

In addition, the odor of the food store along with the wines may penetrate the cork and cause to change its taste and aroma.

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How To Achieve The Best Serving Temperature

Have you ever had a glass of your favourite wine and tasted differently?

While it is true that different vintages of the same wine could vary in aroma or even in flavour, these changes are normally very subtle in nature and noticeable to the true connoisseur.

However, if your favourite wine, all of the sudden is not as good as you remember it, chances are it has been served at the wrong temperature.

One of the most common mistakes when it comes to wine temperature, is to serve all types of reds at what is known as “room temperature”. The problem is that this concept dates back to the fifteen hundreds in Europe, where the stone-wall chateaus usually kept room temperatures below 68oF/20oC degrees.

As we all know, times have changed and global warming together with modern building technics means that, unless you are reading this from Antarctica, your room temperature in summer is likely to be well over the right serving temperature of 60o to 65oF / 16o to 18oC degrees for a full body red.  If you try serving any of these types of wines, at let’s say at 77oF/25oC degrees, the alcohol in them will dominate the taste and diminish those characteristic notes of your favourite red.

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How To Maintain Your Wine Fridge

Imagine bringing home bottles of your favourite Champagne for a party a few months away, only to discover your wine fridge has been out of sorts. You can no longer depend on it to keep your wine in the best state until you need them. Such a horrible event is something we never want to experience.

Like every other appliance you own, you need to ensure that your wine refrigerator is in good shape. First-time wine fridge owners come to realize that good wine fridge maintenance is important.

That way, you can enjoy your wine collection and even store wines that grow in value and quality. There’s no doubt that poor storage can ruin even the most fantastic wines in the world.

But then, what should you do to ensure that your wine fridge consistently delivers the best temperature and humidity control to protect your wine? How can you take good care of your wine fridge to reduce the chances of problems and unexpected faults?

This article will share with you tips to maintain your wine fridge and increase its longevity.

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