A Unico System Small Duct High Velocity (SDHV) system has been installed by Air Craft in the reception area of the National Self Build and Renovation Centre (NSBRC) in Swindon. It is designed to welcome visitors to the centre with a comfortable indoor environment, whatever the time of year or the weather outside.  Following rigorous testing it was fully operational in time for the NSBRC’s series of open days in May 2022.

Air Craft’s  Managing Director Darren Johnson believes that the all in one cooling and heating solution was the best technology to fulfil the requirements of the project. “ The beauty is Unico’s ability to provide cooling and heating from one compact  Air Handling Unit (AHU) and being able to match it with the latest environmentally friendly Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) energy source.”

In the summer, the reception area can be affected by elevated temperatures especially when many visitors can congregate there to register. Then in colder months the space needs heat and Unico can deliver that too.

One of the major advantages of the Unico System is its ability to be adapted for operation with the latest heat pump technology or other energy sources.  In this case it uses a Heat Pump coil and a Daikin Heat Pump outdoor unit, using low environmental impact R32 refrigerant with significantly lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) compared with other refrigerants and A++ seasonal efficiency.

The system is controlled through a standard Daikin thermostatic control which is linked to the control box. “ Multiple traditional air conditioning units would have been a totally impractical solution, because of the number of units needed and the space required to mount them,” says Darren.