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Old 10-30-2014, 11:28 AM   #1
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Wanting to create a cold room.

I posted this in another thread but didn't get any replies so I thought this might be a better one to try!

I have a 5' x 10' pantry that I'm trying to keep cool (approx 60 degrees) year around for storing canned food and wine. Two walls are exterior (mostly facing east so get lots of sun hitting walls in morning/afternoon), and house is on slab. I live in eastern Washington so room gets plenty cold in winter but also gets very warm in summer. House is a 1950's build with 2x4 framing.

My thoughts were to double the 2x4 framing on exterior walls to add another layer of insulation. My main questions are, should I add insulation to two interior walls to keep a consistent temp in room? How to get some air circulation? I was thinking of adding an exhaust fan on timer to keep air from getting stale and keep moisture level down if a problem. I'm trying to avoid adding a wall a/c unit if possible to keep temps down in summer.

Any thoughts/suggestions on making this work?
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Old 10-30-2014, 11:58 AM   #2
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Insulation will only slow down the rate of heat transfer. Being above grade, you will have to condition (heat and cool) and insulate this space to keep a near constant temp.
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Old 10-30-2014, 08:55 PM   #3
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Above ground isn't a cold room, that'd be a walk-in refrigerator. As such it'll REQUIRE an AC unit to manage it's temperature. Mini-split systems are one way to handle this sort of thing.
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