For the past couple of years, my dad and I have been making homemade wine. We’ve had such positive feedback from friends and family, that we’ve decided to significantly expand our operation. Instead of making a few gallons of wine in the basement, we’re planning to build a winery and produce several thousand gallons of wine. Constructing a building was fairly simple, because all we really need is an open space to work and a shelving system to hold the carboys. We called in an electrician to handle the wiring, and an HVAC technician to help figure out the heating and cooling. It is extremely important that the wine is kept at a constant, cool temperature all year round. The area where we live is quite perfect for growing grapes because of the harsh winter weather and hot summers. Unfortunately, that means that some type of HVAC is necessary for the majority of the year. We need to install a temperature control unit that will handle both heating and cooling, but we certainly can’t afford to pay a ton for purchasing and installing the equipment. We’re not prepared to invest in ductwork and we have no access to natural gas. We were looking for an electric system that would be both compact and energy efficient. The HVAC contractor has recommended a ductless heat pump, which would run on electricity, not require complex installation, and effectively maintain ideal temperatures. The HVAC contractor has assured us that the installation process will only take a few hours and won’t cost a lot to complete. Because the system features wifi access, we will be able to keep track of temperature inside the winery from an app on our smartphones.