With the overriding need to replace fossil fuels as an energy source, heat pumps and other renewables have quickly made their mark on modernising our existing UK housing stock. Demand for effective HVAC solutions in the home is also being driven by new legislation that addresses overheating through the Building Regulations, Part O and because of the ban on gas boilers in new homes from 2025. The consequences of these developments, together with the incentives such as the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, are encouraging positive change in the quest to achieve net zero carbon output and to achieve the optimum indoor living environment.

Unico Lapford Project. Shows Ducted system.

Considerations in HVAC Selection

There are decisions to be made by homeowners and installers on selecting the most appropriate HVAC solution. With climate change and the trend towards warmer summers, how to cool a property is becoming as important as how to provide warmth. Heat pumps provide a source of renewable energy that can be used for complete indoor climate control and are available in many variations.

Assessing Heating and Cooling Delivery Systems

When it comes to the heating and cooling delivery systems, the alternatives have both advantages and drawbacks. Traditional radiators? Air conditioning units on the wall? Ducted systems? All in one solutions?  These choices must be weighed up and aside from energy efficiency and thermal comfort considerations, aesthetics and installation practicalities can be significant issues. These can include the need to make structural alterations to a property, maximising the use of available internal walls, dispensing with unsightly radiators or grilles and having sufficient space for ducting.

The Evolution of Ducted Systems

One viable approach would be to consider a central air distribution system that features small ducts to deliver heating and cooling into the living space. It can overcome many of the perceived obstacles when specifying and installing an HVAC system, whether in a new home or as part of a refurbishment project.

When it comes to ducted systems, traditional ducted AC systems in the home in the UK are uncommon and often impractical due to duct sizes and space requirements. Those who are looking for either permanent or temporary air conditioning consider split systems and portable solutions and these too have their drawbacks.

The reputation of ducted systems may have been tarnished by memories of original warm air heating systems. Their performance was often considered below par, not only in terms of efficient heat output, but also because of lack of air movement in room circulation, operational noise and maintenance issues. Of course, times have changed and there have been great steps forward in technology, so today’s warm air heating has much improved performance and controls.

The Unico System: A Modern Ducted Solution

It comes as a surprise to some customers that the Unico System Small Duct High Velocity (SDHV) system is a ducted solution. Its versatility as a central air delivery solution is highlighted by the fact that it is wholly compatible with heat pumps and offers air filtration, UV light air purification, ventilation and humidity control properties alongside heating and cooling. Its air delivery method uses a lower volume of air moving at high velocity resulting in significant advantages over other traditional forms of forced air ducted systems.

Small flexible ducting mixes and delivers conditioned air into living spaces. It has an internal diameter of only 51mm and the standard twist-fit connector simplifies the installation process. The compact design means that it can be conveniently twisted and fitted in the tightest of ceiling spaces, between joists and through wall cavities, before connecting to room outlets. The sound attenuating tubing is optimised for low noise and its outer jacket of two-ply reinforced Mylar provides a vapour seal to prevent leakage and moisture migration. It also enhances the energy performance by reducing radiant heat transfer and reducing thermal losses. 97% of the system’s energy is delivered into the conditioned living space.

With whisper quiet operation, discreet room outlets can be positioned seamlessly in walls, floors or ceilings. The air is delivered with decibel levels of < 30 and the aspiration principle of operation drives high velocity small jets of conditioned air driven into the living space, eliminating drafts, cold/ hot spots and keeping temperature differentials within +- 1ºC, floor-to-floor, floor to ceiling and room to room.  The design of the Unico System is a major advantage in refurbishment, self-build and new homes, affording a much better choice of room furniture layouts and maximum use of wall space.

Unico flexible ductwork is around 33% the size of conventional ducting and links via a central duct to a small footprint air handling unit that can be conveniently located in an attic or even a cupboard. Aside from size, however, there are other considerations when it comes to the specification of a ducted HVAC system.

Ductwork that is installed in unconditioned areas will reduce system efficiency and the ducts seen in attics with traditional AC systems are technically outside the building’s thermal boundary, often losing some 15% – 20% of the air going through them.

Efficiency and Performance

Putting values to duct efficiency, conventional ducts are generally 70 – 85% efficient and sometimes as low as 60% if significant leakage occurs from improper installation. On the other hand, Unico’s small ducts are easier to locate inside the conditioned (insulated) building envelope and therefore duct efficiency is not a significant issue. Indeed, efficiency is in the 85 – 95% efficiency bracket, based on correct installation practice.

Integration and Adaptability

The versatility and flexibility of the Unico ducted system, including its ability to counteract humidity issues and integrate with other forms of heating and ventilation, gives it even greater appeal. It can, for example, be easily installed and used just within the upper levels of a home, alongside traditional ground floor radiators or underfloor heating. In new homes that focus on high energy efficiency and building tightness with no adventitious air, the Unico System can help overcome hot sleepless summer nights as well as preventing overheating.

Professional Installation and Maintenance

Of course, careful design and layout of any SDHV system is essential and its specification must be based on calculations for heating and cooling demand within a home. Commissioning, installation and planned maintenance is also a task for experienced professionals including Unico’s Specialist Partners (USP) network.

For more information about The Unico System, please contact the team at [email protected].

Bell Plumbing Supplies Expands Reach with Worcester Branch, Offering Unparalleled Services and Cutting-Edge Solutions including The Unico System

It was in early 2020 that Bell Plumbing Supplies took a further step forward with the opening of its new Worcester branch. This became the latest addition to the distribution network of the highly successful West Midlands plumbing and heating merchant. Since 2007 the company has established nine branches throughout the region, underlining the aim of bringing truly convenient local services to the trade and general public.  

The Worcester catchment area was recognised as one of great potential, with its good mixture of property types from smaller urban properties to country homes. Bell Plumbing Supplies set out to provide what no other independent organisation in its field was offering locally, in terms of depth and range of stocked products, trade counter and delivery services, a showroom facility and product training opportunities – all supported by a strong central organisation and highly knowledgeable staff for whom expert advice, good customer communication and courteous service are core values. 

Based at Unit 8, Great Western Business Park in Worcester, the modern premises retain some of the local heritage with an original outside wall dating from the bygone era of the local railway industry. But it is inside where the facilities are really impressive and from the outset the interior was planned to ensure the best experience for customers and staff. 

There is a large welcoming reception area and trade counter which is open six days a week. An adjoining open plan office is the hub for business administration, customer service and technical staff who provide customers with face to face product support as well as telephone and online advice.  

The branch’s location is proving particularly advantageous in attracting passing trade from the busy business park and the warehouse has a good core stock of products that meet the day-to-day needs of installers and the public. Many customers also take advantage of fast and reliable same or next-day delivery services. 

The dedicated showroom, meeting and training areas on the first floor are proving particularly popular and regularly welcome visitors for planned events or individual consultations. Customers can familiarise themselves with Bell Plumbing Supplies’ full product portfolio. Two of the highlights reflect the Worcester branch’s commitment to offering the latest eco-friendly heating and cooling solutions in response to the changing face of the market.  

Heat pumps and renewables are showcased in the highly informative Daikin Sustainable Home Centre and a further exciting addition to the space is Unico System’s versatile all-in-one heating, cooling, ventilation and air filtration system. Bell Plumbing Supplies is Unico’s principal UK distribution partner and receives comprehensive technical and sales support across the whole branch network.                                                                                                                                         

Unico’s presence at Worcester includes a fully functional system, so visitors can experience first-hand the comfort benefits and impressive performance of SDHV Small Duct High Velocity heating and cooling. The system also provides climate control to the ground floor trade counter area of the Worcester branch, helping to create a welcoming indoor environment for visitors as well as comfortable working conditions for staff. 

Paul Stevens, Unico System’s Technical Sales Trainer and Support Engineer, is in close contact with Branch Manager Liam Mulryan, providing technical and sales support, and arranging customer events and product demonstrations. Customised product training courses are also arranged at the fully equipped, state-of-the-art Stourbridge Training Centre. 

“There are high levels of interest from local installers and homeowners in the Unico System, especially with next year’s ban on gas boilers in new homes and the need to address overheating in new residential properties. Bell Plumbing Supplies is fully trained in our systems and can offer customers a new and different environmentally friendly solution,” says Paul. 

One of the strengths of the Bell Plumbing Supplies organisation is the support that branches receive from the company’s dedicated Solutions team based at Stourbridge. Solutions can appraise potential installations, giving customers impartial, expert advice on the suitability of any products under consideration. This is particularly valuable when some of the less familiar heating and air conditioning technologies, including heat pumps and Unico SDHV, are being assessed. 

The Worcester operation under Liam and the team has gone from strength to strength over the last four years, exceeding expectations. Much of the hard yardage has been done in terms of establishing the branch, but there is more to come. “We’ll continue to offer installers, homeowners and self-builders hands-on, professional service. We never stand still and aim to set standards to which other suppliers aspire,” says Liam. 


In the dynamic landscape of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) solutions, Unico System stands out as a leader in innovation and energy efficiency with its Small Duct High Velocity (SDHV) technology.

For installers in the United Kingdom seeking to grow and add an extra dimension to their business, becoming a Unico Specialist Partner (USP) is certainly worth consideration. 

With more homeowners concerned about their environmental imprint and seeking cost-efficient heating systems, they are looking at eco-friendly alternatives including heat pumps and other renewables. And as the climate temperature increases in the summer months, they are also considering how to cool their homes efficiently. With its 3-in-1 heating, cooling and ventilation solution, the Unico System is at the forefront of available potential solutions. 

Our USPs see many benefits associated with this role:

  1. Cutting-Edge Technology

Unico is renowned for its cutting-edge technology in air conditioning and heating solutions. As a USP, professionals will be getting involved with SDHV technology at a time when it is quickly gaining acceptance as the most versatile, energy-efficient HVAC solution available. The need to address the forthcoming ban on gas boilers in new homes and how to comply with overheating in the home to comply with Building Regulations are significant issues. In terms of offering choice, proven technology, client satisfaction and an all-in-one solution, USPs will position themselves at the forefront of the industry. 

  1. Comprehensive Training Programs

To ensure the success of its USPs, Unico offers comprehensive training programmes. These cover in-depth product knowledge, installation techniques, troubleshooting and maintenance. This training empowers Partners with the skills and expertise needed to deliver top-notch service. Training also extends beyond purely technical aspects, encompassing sales and marketing strategies to help Partners effectively promote and develop sales opportunities for  Unico technology.  

  1. Exclusive Access to Marketing Resources and Co-Branding Opportunities

 Unico understands the importance of effective marketing in a very competitive industry. Becoming a USP grants exclusive access to a wealth of resources. Partners benefit from priority technical support, marketing materials, promotional tools, exhibitions, PR & Advertising to help develop their businesses. The USP can capitalise on the strength and high reputation of the Unico brand and support its own marketing initiatives through co-branding opportunities and collaborative campaigns.  

  1. Business Development and Networking Opportunities

 USPs have access to a network of like-minded professionals and industry experts. This community fosters collaboration, idea-sharing and business development opportunities. Regular events and conferences organised or supported by the wider Unico team create a platform for Partners to stay updated on industry trends and forge valuable connections.  

  1. Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty

Unico’s commitment to quality and innovation translates into high customer satisfaction. By aligning with Unico as a USP, professionals can offer clients HVAC solutions that prioritise comfort, energy efficiency, and reliability. The resulting customer satisfaction can not only lead to repeat business but also positive word-of-mouth referrals, contributing to long-term success. 

With the ability to provide HVAC solutions to customers looking for a specialist in new build and strip-back renovation projects by introducing Unico to them will open up new solutions that also focus on indoor air quality (IAQ), health & well-being as well as heating and cooling.

Becoming a USP helps businesses to thrive in a competitive market. From cutting-edge technology and comprehensive training to exclusive resources and marketing support, the advantages of joining as a USP are self-evident. As the HVAC industry continues to evolve, aligning with the forward-thinking and innovative Unico brand positions professionals for sustained success and growth in the dynamic UK market.

Get in touch to learn more about becoming a Unico Specialist Partner.

The Unico System Joins FETA’s Fan Coil Group

FETA logo

The Unico System based in the Midlands, a leading provider of small-duct high-velocity HVAC systems, is pleased to announce its membership of the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA). This strategic move underscores Unico’s commitment to promoting Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). 

 The decision to join FETA’s Fan Coil Group reflects Unico’s dedication to enhancing indoor air quality. Unico recognises that clean and healthy indoor air is essential for the well-being of individuals, their property and their possessions. 

 The Unico System offers a range of relevant features that align with FETA’s mission to promote energy-efficient and high-performance fan coil systems. With its innovative 3-in-1 heating, cooling and ventilation technologies, the Unico features include high-velocity air delivery ensuring better air circulation and more consistent air temperatures, whisper-quiet operation and enhanced indoor air quality through filtration and purification technologies which remove impurities and allergens from the air. 

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) is the UK’s leading trade association for the building services and HVAC industry. The Fan Coil Group within FETA is dedicated to promoting best practices and standards in the design, manufacture, and application of fan coil units and associated products. 

Richard Soper, Managing Director of The Unico System UK says “We are thrilled to become a part of FETA’s Fan Coil Group and to collaborate with industry peers who share our passion for improving indoor air quality standards. Our membership reaffirms our commitment to delivering innovative and sustainable air comfort solutions that prioritise the health and well-being of homeowners.” 

 For more information about The Unico System and its membership in FETA’s Fan Coil Group, visit 

Unico Celebrates the First World Humidity Control Day

World Humidity Day 2024

12th March 2024 marks the first World Humidity Control Day launched by FETA, the UK trade body which represents the diverse interests of manufacturers, suppliers, installers and contractors within the building services sector. The day will help to raise awareness of the importance of humidity control and the impact it has on our daily lives, whether we are in our homes or places of work.

The History Behind the Day

World Humidity Control Day celebrates the pioneering work of John Frederick Daniell, an English chemist and physicist born on March 12, 1790. In 1820, Daniell introduced the dew-point hygrometer, a groundbreaking device for measuring atmospheric humidity. This invention revolutionised the understanding and management of humidity, subsequently becoming a standard tool worldwide.

The Importance of Humidity Control

Humidity control is crucial for various reasons. Maintaining optimal humidity levels not only enhances our comfort and well-being but also safeguards our health and protects our belongings. When humidity is controlled, it helps to provide a comfortable and healthy indoor environment that is free from dust, pollen, pathogens, odours, and harmful gases that can exasperate allergies and general well-being.

Thermal comfort is not just temperature. People give off moisture through breathing and perspiration, even if just sitting on a sofa. Showering, cooking and plant life all add moisture inside the building. Thermal comfort is affected by evaporation of this moisture and evaporation depends on the relative humidity in the room. Good comfort, where most people are satisfied, is within a narrow range of relative humidity. It should be between 45 and 55 percent. Less satisfactory but acceptable is at most 60% and below 40% starts to become dry and static-filled air.

Humidity control relies on the inherent dehumidification of the HVAC system that matches the moisture load of the house. If the system does not perform properly, it can potentially lead to indoor air quality problems in the home.

How The Unico System can help with Humidity Control

The Unico System is an innovative HVAC technology that offers an efficient solution for humidity control. It not only provides reliable cooling and heating but also ensures precise humidity control. The Unico System’s advanced design and small air ducts allow it to fit seamlessly into any space, eliminating the need for bulky and unsightly equipment.

The Unico System can remove 30% more humidity than conventional HVAC systems. It delivers conditioned air at a low velocity, this unique approach helps to evenly distribute moisture and control humidity levels effectively. The whisper-quiet operation of Unico ensures a peaceful environment while efficiently maintaining the ideal humidity level, ensuring everyone gets a good night’s sleep!

Unico has recently joined FETA’s Fan Coil Group, this move perfectly reflects the company’s dedication to enhancing indoor air quality. Unico recognises that clean and healthy indoor air is essential for the well-being of individuals, their property and their possessions.

For more information about FETA and the Humidity Control Group visit their website.

The Unico System UK Revolutionises HVAC Solutions with Vaillant Heat Pumps Integration

Indoor Air Quality family

The Unico System, a Midlands-based industry leader in advanced 3-in-1 heating, cooling, and ventilation solutions, is delighted to announce Vaillant Heat Pumps as part of their solution, a renowned name in the heating industry. By integrating a Vaillant Heat Pump with the Unico System’s cutting-edge HVAC technology the aim is to deliver unparalleled efficiency and sustainability  

Vaillant, a trusted pioneer in heating and renewable energy solutions, brings its expertise in heat pump technology to enhance The Unico System’s commitment to providing energy-efficient HVAC solutions. The Vaillant Heat Pumps integrated into The Unico System UK’s solutions boast exceptional efficiency levels, providing users with cost-effective and energy-saving HVAC solutions.  

 “We are thrilled to be able to offer Vaillant to further enhance our offering with the amalgamation of robust products that deliver on performance and capability to the market. The integration of Vaillant Heat Pumps with The Unico System’s technology represents a significant leap forward in our ongoing commitment to providing cutting-edge, sustainable, and space-efficient heating, cooling and ventilation solutions,” said Cliff Arnold, Technical Manager at The Unico System. 

 This offering marks a pivotal stride towards revolutionising the way we heat, cool and ventilate our homes through sustainable heating and cooling systems, offering consumers an alternative alongside existing partner, Daikin, for both residential and commercial applications. 

 Transitioning from radiant heat to a centralised air distribution system not only elevates indoor air quality but transforms the home environment. Working with well-chosen partners, Unico meets all industry standards of delivering energy efficiency in the home. 

 To learn more about The Unico System, visit the website at 

Five Ways The Unico System Enhances Well-being

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

Cooling the Future: Air Conditioning for Modern Homes

Unico System In Your Home

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.