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On the fence about getting a small-duct system?

June 27, 2016

You’ve heard about the Unico System, perused our website, and educated yourself on the advantages of small-duct HVAC.

You know The Unico System is energy-efficient, quiet, and hides discreetly in small spaces so that you can preserve your home’s special architectural features like high ceilings and lovely moldings. You’re thrilled to learn that no drop ceilings or soffits are needed, and the installation itself has a minimal impact in homes.

But you’re just not sure if small-duct is really everything it seems to be. It’s time to get answers! Our technical and sales staff at Unico are anxious to connect with you and answer your questions! We provide excellent training and support so that every Unico installation is successful and leads to happy customers.

We might also suggest that you reach out directly to one of our Preferred Unico Installing Contractors in your area. In order to be on our list of preferred contractors, each contractor has already gone through training.

A Unico case study: EasyHotel customers can now lounge in comfort

June 20, 2016

If a hotel room is too hot or too cold and you can't do anything to change it, many guests will do the next best thing and register a complaint. That's what was happening at London's EasyHotel until they installed The Unico System. The new, zoned system provides consistent temperatures and operates quietly, allowing everyone to get a good night's sleep.

Click here to find out how they did it.

Article explains advantages of small duct heating & cooling

June 13, 2016

We are happy to share this article from the May issue of Plumbing, Heating & Air Movement.  The magazine features The Unico System and its numerous benefits in homes and businesses. See installation photos and the article here.

Finding inspiration in an old beach house

June 13, 2016

As the weather warms up, our thoughts turn to summertime and vacations. And, perhaps surprisingly, to a rundown beach house in New York. This 1932 bungalow overlooking Truesdale Lake definitely needed some TLC, but its new owner decided to embark on a major renovation that would preserve its summer cottage feel while making it a place of beauty and respite.

The results are stunning. Working with architect/builder Absolute Green Homes, the owner achieved a super-efficient, “net zero” energy home that is so efficient and livable that it won the Green Builder “Green Home of the Year Award for Best Renovation. “ And you’ll never guess what type of air conditioning system the architect specified... Click here to see the beautiful renovated beach house!

Click here to see "before" and "after" photos of this beach house renovation.

Modern Building Services magazine features Unico

June 06, 2016

Refurbishment projects often require effective control of comfort conditions within strict aesthetic constraints. Rinus Groenewald of Unico explains why small-duct high-velocity air-conditioning systems can offer a discreet alternative to other solutions.

Read the article here.

Win a Trip for Two to Key West!

May 31, 2016

Unico is proud to partner with Bob Vila to offer a sweepstakes with a grand prize of a weekend getaway to Key West, Florida! The trip includes behind-the-scenes, private tours of the famous Hemingway Home & Museum, and the Harry S. Truman Little White House. Both museums feature the Unico System!

The Hemingway museum recently installed the system, and the curator told us it’s been a great relief for visitors, especially in the hottest months of the summer, when at least one tourist fainted every week or so during the tour.

The curator and board had wanted to install air conditioning for many years, but strict architectural rules from the local historical preservation organization prevented this from happening. Central air wouldn’t work because it would require the build-out of soffits for the ductwork, which would disrupt the architectural integrity of the home. Window units were out of the question since Hemingway lived there in the 1930s, well before the advent of air conditioning. Again, it would mar the original building architecture and be an inaccurate representation of the home as it was used by Hemingway and his family.

Now the museum has central air, the small ducts hidden away in wall cavities and above ceilings. Small wood outlets evenly deliver the air throughout the home.

Click here for more details on the contest and to enter for a chance to win!

Unico: The HVAC system editors love

May 24, 2016

Find out why editors of three major home and renovation media outlets love The Unico System!

  • In a U.S. News & World Report article called “5 Rules for Updating an Old Home”, two different architectural design and restoration consultants called out The Unico System as a brand of heating and cooling system that is well-suited to an older home. We tend to agree! 
  • Bob Vila’s website, BobVila.com, recently published an article about how to green your home with a small-duct HVAC system. If features Unico’s infographic outlining all the green benefits of our system. Check it out here
  • Old Home Journal featured the Unico System in its article: “Do’s and Don’ts for HVAC Retrofits.” 
    It’s an interesting overview of how central heating has evolved since its beginnings in the 1800s as a coal-fired, gravity hot-air system to today’s modern solutions including the Unico small-duct system. 

As you can see from these articles, The Unico System and iSeries offer numerous benefits including energy efficiency, seamless integration and quiet operation.

Want to find out more about how the Unico System could work in your home? Click on our “Preferred Installing Contractor” page and find a contractor in your area. Set up a free in-home visit and you’ll see how the small ducting can hide in wall, ceiling and floor cavities to deliver cooling (and heating, if needed). You’ll be surprised at the versatility and flexibility of our system!

DOE 2015 Race to Zero: Opti-MN Impact House - Opti-MN

March 18, 2016

Check out this award-winning, student-designed home project using The Unico System that made the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN the Grand Winner of the 2015 Race to Zero!

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