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Installing modern air conditioning in older homes can be tricky, especially when trying to keep the original look and feel intact without major construction. Traditional HVAC solutions often fall short in addressing these issues effectively without compromising the historic value of the property. This is where the Unico System comes into play—a small-duct high velocity system with a minimal footprint.

In this article, we explain how Unico provides a totally viable AC solution for older homes.

The Challenge of Air Conditioning in Older Homes

Older homes have unique architectural charm and construction, but they present specific challenges when it comes to installing modern air conditioning systems. Many of these structures were built without the ductwork necessary for traditional central air systems, making standard installations difficult without significant modifications that could disrupt their integrity.

Some of these challenges include:

  1. Structural Limitations: The lack of existing ductwork and the potential for structural damage from installing new ducts are major considerations.
  2. Preserving the Aesthetic: Maintaining the original appearance of old homes is often a priority. This can limit the types of air conditioning systems suitable for installation, as many require alterations that could permanently change character-defining features.
  3. Space Constraints: Older homes often have smaller rooms and less closet space, which complicates the installation of large indoor air conditioning units.
  4. Energy Efficiency Concerns: Many older homes are not as well-insulated as newer builds, which can lead to higher energy costs.

Types of Air Conditioning Systems Suitable for Older Homes

For homeowners looking to add air conditioning to their historic homes, there are several less invasive options:

  • Window or Wall Units: While not the most aesthetically pleasing solution, these units can be installed without major renovations and removed seasonally.
  • Ductless Mini-Splits: These systems require no ductwork and involve minimal structural alteration, using an outdoor compressor connected to indoor air handlers by small conduits.
  • High-Velocity Mini-Duct Systems: These systems use very small, flexible ducts that can be weaved through existing walls, ceilings, and floors, greatly reducing the need for structural modifications.

High-velocity mini-duct systems are ideal for whole-house HVAC in older homes as they are less invasive and preserve architectural integrity. Mini-splits and window units may not seamlessly integrate or provide complete home coverage.

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The Unico System: A Perfect Solution

For homeowners of older properties looking for an efficient and minimally invasive solution, the Unico System stands out. This high-velocity system uses small, flexible ducts that integrate seamlessly into existing structures without the need for major renovations.

Unico systems help provide enhanced comfort to historic homes while providing by evenly distributing air and reducing humidity levels more effectively than traditional systems.

What does high velocity mean?

High velocity refers to an HVAC system that moves air rapidly through very small, narrow ducts. This compensates for the lower volume of the system.

What is a small or mini-duct system?

A small or mini-duct system uses compact, flexible ducts that can fit within the existing structures of a building.

Why is this solution best for older homes?

This system is best for older homes because it minimizes the need for structural alterations while efficiently distributing cool air.

Chat With Us About Installing a Unico System Today

To learn more about integrating the Unico System into your older home and maintaining its unique charm, contact Woodbridge GTA ClimateCare for a professional consultation. We’re here to help you find the perfect HVAC solution for your unique home. Contact us today to get started.



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