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.

What do hotter summers mean for our home living?

Lady sitting at her desk with hand on forehead, feeling hot and flustered. a fan is in the foreground placed on her desk.

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.