For my whole life, my family has been in the grape industry. Now we grow grapes that are used to make juice and sometimes jelly. A couple of years ago, I started to make wine. It was a hobby at first but then I found out that I actually really enjoy doing it. Plus, everyone loves my wine because it tastes amazing. So what started out as a hobby on the side turned into a small business for me. My problem was that I needed a better location to make the wine. I’d been running the whole setup out of my parents’ basement which led to concerns with temperature control. This is because there was no heating or cooling in the basement and I had to rely on portable units. This really struggled to keep up with demand, since the temperature in the basement space tends to be really extreme. It can climb into the triple digits in the summer season and can drop well below freezing when it’s winter. The wine needs to be kept at a stable, cool temperature as begins to ferment. When I finally built a small winery, temperature control was a main concern for me. I would need access to electricity, more space, and I needed some serious heating and cooling capacity in the building. After I conducted quite a bit of research, I settled on a ductless mini split type of system, which is especially compact, energy efficient, and it’s pretty simple when it comes to installation. There’s an outdoor as well as an indoor component. These are linked with conduit, and the indoor unit mounts high up on an exterior wall. The ductless mini split operates using a cordless remote and it allows me to switch between heating and cooling, program the unit, or raise or lower the unit’s temperature. Because the mini split features newer inverter technology, it automatically can adapt its speed in order to maintain a more consistent temperature.