Five Ways The Unico System Enhances Well-being

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Young happy couple mother and father playing with adorable toddler 1 year old girl, family relaxing in bed

In the search for a healthier and more comfortable living environment, homeowners are increasingly turning to innovative solutions. The right home environment is essential to health and well-being as there are risks to an individual’s physical and mental health associated with living in a cold and damp environment. 

The Unico System, with its cutting-edge technology and design, provides a 3-in-1 home climate control solution that includes heating, cooling, and ventilation for perfect home climate control. Unico warms in the winter and cools in the summer, plus year-round it removes pollutants and irritants to leave you with clean, healthy, filtered air in your home. It creates living spaces that are perfectly climate-controlled to combat our changing and challenging UK weather conditions.  

Here are five ways The Unico System contributes to an elevated standard of well-being in your home: 

  1. Unrivalled energy efficiency:

 The Unico System boasts superior energy efficiency, delivering 97% of system energy directly to the conditioned living space. Unlike traditional HVAC systems that often suffer from energy losses, The Unico System optimises energy usage, promoting sustainability and reducing utility costs. Embracing this innovative approach allows homeowners to enjoy a comfortable living space without compromising on energy conservation. 

  1. Advanced humidity control:

 One of the standout features of The Unico System is its ability to remove 30% more humidity than conventional HVAC systems. This not only enhances air quality but also ensures that indoor humidity levels remain at optimum levels. By mitigating excess moisture, the system minimises the risk of mould and allergen growth, creating a healthier environment for homeowners.  

  1. Whisper-Quiet comfort

 Thanks to its unique ‘Aspiration’ principle and technology, The Unico System creates a draft-free, ultra-quiet, and consistently even room temperature. Traditional HVAC systems often struggle with uneven air distribution and noisy operation. Unico, however, ensures a serene living space and a tranquil environment conducive to relaxation, focus, and well-being. 

  1. Silent and seamless air delivery:

With decibel levels down to a whisper-quiet <30 decibels, The Unico System redefines what it means to experience quiet HVAC operation. The air is delivered seamlessly and discreetly, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of a precisely controlled indoor environment without the disruptive noise often associated with traditional systems. This not only supports better sleep quality but also contributes to a stress-free living atmosphere. 

  1. Holistic Indoor Air Quality enhancement:

The Unico System integrates ventilation, fresh air circulation, air filtration, and air disinfection through UV technology. This comprehensive approach enhances indoor air quality, providing you with a breath of fresh, clean air. By addressing multiple components of air quality, The Unico System creates an environment that promotes respiratory health and overall well-being so you can breathe easy.  

When you are ready to take confident steps towards creating a home that not only meets but exceeds the expectations of a healthy and comfortable living space, please get in touch to learn more. 

Unico Welcomes Paul Stevens to its Technical Team.

Paul Stevens manning the Unico stand

The Unico System, well known for its innovative 3-in-1 heating, ventilation and cooling solution based in the Midlands, is pleased to announce that Paul Stevens has joined as Technical Sales Trainer and Support Engineer to further strengthen the company’s installation capability across the UK.  

 Paul brings with him a wealth of experience having spent numerous years honing his technical skills within the new build domestic and modular housing sector as an electrical supervisor and has extensive knowledge of supporting and training individuals. 

 A high-quality installation of the Unico system is imperative to the success of the product, which is why Unico are investing in ensuring that the delivery of training to installers is consistent and that ongoing support to new and existing installers is provided. 

 Paul said about his new role “I have enjoyed my time at Unico so far and I am looking forward to seeing how my role develops over 12 months and beyond. Having spent some time in America with Unico Inc to develop my technical skills in the system, I look forward to going back to spend more time with the team.” 

 Founded in the United States, Unico is an international family-owned company. It now has sales operations in North America, Europe including the UK, Africa, Central and South America, India, and China. The company is considered the leader in Small Duct High Velocity (SDHV) heating and cooling systems with over 25 years’ experience. Unico is highly respected and well known for being experts in air conditioning, home comfort and personal well-being. The Unico system not only heats and cools a home but provides Indoor Air Quality featuring Air Filtration and optional UV light technology. This reduces airborne odours, germs, mould, and bacteria from within homes making it a safer environment with cleaner air so that you can breathe easy. 

 For more information about The Unico System and its innovative 3-in-1 heating, ventilation and cooling solution, please visit www.unicosystem.co.uk. 

Cooling the Future: Air Conditioning for Modern Homes

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In the ever-evolving landscape of home technology, air conditioning is emerging as an essential component of the modern home. As we strive for comfort, energy efficiency, and sustainability, air conditioning systems are adapting to meet these demands. Unico, a leading provider of Heating, Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC) solutions in the UK, is at the forefront of this transformation.

We look at why air conditioning is becoming an integral part of the future for our homes and how the 3-in1 Unico solution is playing a crucial role in shaping this future.

The need for air conditioning in modern homes

Climate change is causing temperatures to rise globally, making hot summers more frequent and severe. In the UK, where summers were traditionally mild, heatwaves have become a common occurrence, in fact July 2023 has been recorded as the hottest-ever month and scientists expect 2023 or 2024 will end up as the hottest year in the record books, surpassing 2016. This shift in climate has led to a growing demand for cooling solutions in homes.

More than half of the UK’s homes already suffer from overheating due to the changing climate where our summers are getting hotter and heat waves are becoming more frequent. Overheating in homes can be uncomfortable but for more vulnerable people, it can be deadly.

In the UK our homes are designed to retain heat, which puts us at risk of overheating in the hotter summer months, so many benefits fixed air conditioning in the home brings us, here are five of them:

  1. Comfort and well-being – Air conditioning provides a comfortable indoor environment, ensuring that homeowners can escape the sweltering heat and maintain a consistent, pleasant temperature throughout the year. This enhanced comfort contributes to improved well-being and productivity.
  2. Energy efficiency – Modern air conditioning systems are designed with energy efficiency in mind. High-efficiency models reduce energy consumption, lower utility bills, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions, aligning with the global push for sustainability.
  3. Health benefits – Air conditioning helps filter and purify the air inside homes, reducing allergens, pollutants, and airborne pathogens. This cleaner indoor air quality can significantly improve the health of occupants, particularly those with allergies or respiratory issues.
  4. Home value: Installing an air conditioning system can increase the value of your home, making it more attractive to potential buyers. It’s a practical investment that pays off both in terms of comfort and property value.
  5. Property preservation: Reduced humidity supports the fabric of the home whilst aiding in the preservation of assets such as furniture, books, paintings, and historical artefacts.

The Unico System: Leading the way

The Unico System is a trusted name in the HVAC industry the company is originally from the US where it has been known for its innovative and energy-efficient solutions in heating and cooling homes for over 30 years.

Investing in this revolutionary Unico 3-in-1 heating, ventilation and cooling solution now for your new build or renovation project will ensure that your home is future-proofed for the predicted warmer temperatures we will continue to experience across the UK.

Unico offers ductless mini-split systems that provide zoned cooling, allowing homeowners to customise the temperature in different areas of their home such as in the bedroom helping your family to sleep easy at night. This approach not only maximises comfort but also minimises energy waste by cooling only the spaces in use.

The Unico System is designed to meet the highest standards of efficiency, helping homeowners reduce their carbon footprint and save on energy costs.

Unico can also be integrated with smart home platforms, enabling remote control and automation, further enhancing user convenience in the modern home.

With advanced technologies and a commitment to providing comfortable, energy-efficient, and environmentally responsible solutions, The Unico System is helping homeowners adapt to the changing climate while enjoying the benefits of a cooler, healthier, and more comfortable living environment.

To learn more about The Unico System, get in touch, and take the first step toward a cooler, more comfortable future for your home.

 

What are the alternatives to large radiators for my home?

Radiator with white fluffy rug on the floor in front of it.

As we begin the move away from heating our homes in the more traditional way of fossil fuels, which use boilers and gas fires, our attention turns to new methods of heating such as through electrifying heating systems. This change is in response to the government’s policy paper Power up Britain, where it announced plans to phase out the sale of gas boilers and replace them with heat pumps.

One such alternative gaining popularity is the use of heat pumps in conjunction with innovative systems like the UnicoSystem.  In this article, we will explore the concept of heat pumps and how the Unico System offers a cutting-edge alternative to traditional large radiators for heating homes efficiently and sustainably.

Enter heat pumps

Heat pumps are energy-efficient heating and cooling systems that transfer heat from one location to another using electricity. They work by extracting heat from the outside environment (even in cold weather) and moving it indoors to heat your home. A further benefit is that as it captures heat that is already present in the environment, the heat pump does not burn any fuel and therefore emits no carbon dioxide. Heat pumps therefore provide a highly efficient, low-carbon, alternative for your heating.

Heat pumps work at lower temperatures than traditional boilers so larger radiators may need to be installed to distribute heat more evenly via the larger surface area.  When paired with the right heating system, heat pumps can be a fantastic alternative to traditional boilers. Most homes can be well-heated through a heat pump with the right-sized radiators or underfloor heating.

Disadvantages of radiators in your home

While most radiators are compatible with air source heat pumps, the bigger your radiators, the better job they’ll do.However, the oversized radiators typically required for working alongside heat pumps will be a drawback for some homeowners as they are not only costly to buy and install but also take up a lot of additional wall space.

Although there are some radiators that have been designed to fit in with the aesthetics of your interior design and can look quite modern whilst adding drama to a room, there is no getting away from the fact that they can still look big and bulky.

Storage space in more modern homes comes at a premium so having radiators of any size gets in the way of allowing additional storage units to be placed within the home against walls.

The Unico System Advantage

To rectify this problem, in place of radiators, the Unico System uses discreet outlets positioned in the ceiling, walls or floors allowing homeowners to make maximum use of their internal space.

This system allows the freedom of design currently enjoyed by architects, self-builders, and interior designers across the UK. Without the interruption of radiators within the rooms, the design can flow more effortlessly to utilise the whole room.

The use of outlets is more aesthetically pleasing than the alternatives, they come in a variety of designs and finishes that can be custom-made depending on your design requirements.

Unico outlets are either round (approx. 50-65mm inner diameter/125mm outer diameter) or slotted (approx. 25mm by 200mm). They are available in a variety of finishes including black, brass and chrome, or they can be stained or painted to blend into any style of decor. They can even be wall-papered to become virtually invisible in their surroundings.

Air Conditioning aesthetics

What is Unico?

The Unico System is a small-duct, small air handler system for central heating, air conditioning (cooling) and ventilation applications. Quick and easy to install, it can be paired with air-source heat pumps for maximum efficiency.

During the colder months, Unico will work efficiently to warm your home to your desired, pre-set temperature. Your rooms will receive a steady, warm supply of air via specially located, discreet outlets, based on our unique aspiration principle. Unico will distribute the air evenly and consistently, meaning no hot or cold spots, just an overall feeling of pleasant warmth and comfort to keep you cosy on those long winter evenings.

To find out more about our range of unique heating, cooling and ventilation solutions without the need for radiators, please get in touch.

What do hotter summers mean for our home living?

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Our summers are getting hotter and with that, it brings uncomfortable living for many people. According to the British Met Office, the average mean temperature of 15.8 °C in June 2023 was the highest for almost 140 years. The previous record was set in 1940 and 1976 at 14.9 °C.

Experts have previously warned that the heatwaves and record high temperatures seen across England last summer are likely to happen more often, last longer and be more intense in coming years and decades.

During the heatwave of last July, where the temperatures reached a balmy 40.3 °C we saw schools close, businesses sending their workforce home and fewer people out and about during the day.

What do increasing high temperatures mean for our home living?

During the heatwaves our homes can become uncomfortable, making it difficult to work, live and sleep. Carrying on with normal activities can be a challenge and according to The Climate Change Committee, current analysis shows that there is already a significant overheating risk in parts of the UK domestic housing stock, and higher global temperature will increase the frequency, severity, and geographic extension of this risk.

We look at some of the effects that high temperatures can affect our day-to-day living:

  1. Discomfort indoors – without adequate cooling, high temperatures can make it uncomfortable to stay indoors, particularly during heat waves. This can affect sleep patterns, productivity, and overall well-being.
  2. Health risks – extreme heat can pose health risks, especially for vulnerable people such as the elderly, young children or those with pre-existing medical conditions. Heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion or heatstroke can occur, requiring precautions and access to cooling methods.
  3. Increased energy use – with hotter days and nights, more people might be inclined to increase the use of air conditioning to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. This can result in higher energy bills as some cooling systems may consume more electricity.

As much as we enjoy the warm summers when it gets too hot it clearly impacts the way we live our lives. Making small changes within our homes such as closing windows and blinds during the hottest parts of the day and using fans at night can improve our living conditions.

What else can we do to reduce the effects of overheating in our homes?

The new Part O of the Building Regulations has been recently introduced to drive the design of new homes to minimise the risk of overheating. In the future, Part O means that we can make more informed decisions about how homes are designed and to address design issues that can affect overheating risks.

For existing homes using energy-efficient cooling methods that are set up to an appropriate temperature that balances comfort and energy consumption will help to alleviate the effects of a hot house.

The Unico system with its 3-in-1 heating, ventilation and cooling solution provides the perfect home climate control.  This 3-in-1 renewable solution works efficiently and discreetly to maintain perfect, optimum temperatures and exceptional indoor air quality in the home.

To learn more about the benefits of Unico for a retrospect fit, renovation or self-build project, please download our brochure.

The Unico System Celebrates Reaching 500 Customers at the NSBRC

Maddie and Laura staying in front of the Unico stand at the NSBRC in Swindon

We are delighted to announce that it Unico has reached the milestone of 500 customers at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre (NSBRC) in Swindon.

The NSBRC is the UK’s only permanent centre for self-builders and renovators, offering expert advice and practical guidance on all aspects of self-building, renovation, and home improvement. The Unico System has been exhibiting at the NSBRC for the past two years, showcasing its innovative and energy-efficient heating and cooling solutions to self-builders, renovators, and homeowners.

We are thrilled to reach this milestone of 500 visitors at the NSBRC,” said Richard Soper CBE, Managing Director of The Unico System. “It is a testament to the high level of interest in our products, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase our innovative and energy-efficient heating, ventilation and cooling solutions to so many self-builders, renovators, and homeowners. We enjoy meeting so many people and talking about their projects and how the benefits of Unico will impact their future comfort in their home.

The Unico System’s small-duct, high-velocity heating and cooling systems are ideal for self-builders and renovators who want to create a comfortable and energy-efficient living space. The systems are designed to fit into tight spaces and can be installed without the need for bulky ductwork or major structural changes, making them perfect for homes that have limited space.

For more information about The Unico System and its innovative 3-in-1 heating, ventilation and cooling solution, please visit www.unicosystem.co.uk.

Part O Overheating

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Approved Document Part O, forming part the 2021 Building Regulations, has been effective since June 2022. It covers overheating in new residential properties in England and Wales including private dwellings such as houses and flats, institutional buildings such as care homes and other accommodation including student halls of residence.

Overheating of buildings has become a significant issue in the construction industry for housebuilders and the self-builder. This is the result of a number of contributory factors including the air tightness of new dwellings coupled with insufficient ventilation. Another contributing factor has been the more extensive use of glazing within new builds. Climate change, and the number of summer days when unprecedented high temperatures have been recorded, also has an impact and is a trend which looks set to continue.

Learn more about Part O and the effects this will have on dealing with the issues of overheating here.

The Unico System features in P&H Engineering

The Big Chill, Unico discusses the demand for cooling systems in P&H Engineering

As the effects of global warming become more apparent in the UK, with temperatures in the summer months reaching uncomfortable levels, air conditioning and radiant cooling systems are increasingly in demand. It is therefore a subject that plumbing and heating engineers are likely to asked about in the coming months and years.

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Read more about why Unico sees small duct high velocity (SDHV) systems to be more likely to be considered as an alternative to conventional air conditioning systems.

Check out the article below

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If you are interested in discovering more on the Unico System then get in touch with our solutions team on 01384 422094 or email us.

Unico chosen for Mid Devon District Council Installation

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Over the past few months work has been carried out and equipment installed to two bungalows in Lapford, Devon which reflect the highest level of energy efficiency Mid Devon District Council hope to achieve within this building type. The performance of the systems within the homes will be monitored for the first year of their occupancy and will help to:

  • Determine the lowest possible carbon footprint the Council can expect to achieve;
  • Determine budgets for future works; and
  • Indicate the level of carbon offset required to achieve net zero targets.

Space saving roof space installation

A state-of-the-art heating and cooling system from UNICO has been installed in both properties, delivering benefits of air filtration (similar to that of a GP surgery), adjustable heating and cooling for cold winter months/hot summer months as well as a humidistat controlled mechanical extraction vent (MEV) which can remove excess moisture. This means that they would be suitable for people with respiratory diseases whilst also suitable for people with a compromised immune system.

Further adaptations have been made, including: increased cavity wall and loft insulation, newly fitted doors and windows, solar PV and/or solar thermal, internal renovation with upgraded kitchens and level access showers making these truly lifelong properties.

These homes meet decarbonisation targets set out in the recently adopted Housing strategy, with the Council looking to achieve a minimum Energy Performance Certificate of C (standard) in all properties by 2030 and becoming net zero by 2050 by retrofitting and upgrading existing properties.

Councillor Bob Evans, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing and Property Service said:

“It was a great opportunity to see these properties first hand. They are real, tangible examples of how we can achieve our decarbonisation targets through bringing our current housing stock up-to-date. Making the Councils housing stock carbon neutral a reality is not going to be easy and will be financially challenging but these first steps are a positive sign of progress.

“The many benefits of these properties speak for themselves. It is my hope that we can bring more and more of these improvements to Mid Devon residents in the near future – helping to make houses more liveable and most importantly, feel like home.”

The Council has existing carbon budget commitments to meet its targets with a recent bid for additional funding of £2.1 Million submitted to the Government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF).

From 2022, all new projects and new build Council homes will be an Energy Performance Certificate of A (very efficient) and zero carbon.

Unico are now exhibiting at The National Self Build & Renovation Centre

The National Self Build & Renovation centre is the UK’s only permanent venue for independent homebuilding advice and support.  Established in 2007, they have helped almost a quarter of a million visitors build their own dream home or extend and improve their existing property.

Our new stand

The NSBRC is open six days a week showcasing the very best building methods, innovations and technologies.

They have an expert helpdesk, a range of shows, workshops and educational courses to support their visitors in their quest to build their perfect home.

We are looking forward to helping with your upcoming projects.