Unico Systems: Smaller is Better
July 28, 2010
When Abraham Lincoln’s country cottage in Washington, D.C.,
was set for renovations, it didn’t make sense to run large
ductwork through the structure.
So the restorers at this cabin, just 20 minutes from the
nation’s capitol, looked to Unico Inc., the leading HVAC
manufacturer in historic renovations, since the company had
a long history of supplying HVAC to historic renovation.
In 2005 the company began making inroads into Montana.
Unico Inc. is the manufacturer of the Unico System and the
Unichiller RC. Unico made a decision in 2005 to make
"Montana a bright, shining star of Unico System
installations," says Shawn Intagliata, of Unico Inc. Used
in light commercial, custom homes and renovation both
contemporary and historic, the Unico System ducting is a
fraction of the size of traditional large ducting. With
less space taken by the mechanical system and with no
compromise to the architecture of the structure, the Unico
System "fits the bill" in nearly every application,
Intagliata said. Additionally, the Unico System, if
installed by a certified Unico contractor in Montana (there
are 20), is able to give a temperature and comfort
guarantee in writing to the architect, engineer, end user
and builder. Because the Unico System is engineered from
start to finish and is a complete system, installation by
one of Unico’s 20 certified contractors in Montana comes
with a temperature and comfort guarantee: No greater than a
two degree difference in comfort, room to room, ceiling to
floor, floor to floor. No other HVAC solution can make that
For retrofits of historic homes, the Unico system is the
perfect fit, says Intagliata, and it also makes sense for
new homes because of the heating and cooling efficiency.
The Unico system is built to use at least 99 percent of the
air it heats or cools, while some conventional systems lose
25 percent of their air and thus lose 25 percent of their
efficiency through thermal losses and leaking ductwork,
Intagliata said. The Unico system is also more
environmentally friendly because it requires less
duct work to frame in during construction, which results in
less drywall, wood, and labor costs, Intagliata said.
Intagliata went on to say "anything that can be done with a
traditional system including heating cooling, air
filtration, humidification, geothermal, or outside air
mixing can be done with the Unico System and done more
efficiently and with greater levels of comfort."
The small size and high performance are making the Unico
system the HVAC of choice with Montana builders and Montana
architects and engineers. Unico is a strong supporter of
the Montana State University School of Architecture and
will be funding a scholarship in January 2008 for students
at the school, according to Intagliata. Unico is a member
of several building associations in Montana and works
directly with Montana architects and builders daily.
Intagliata said the system is strong in the Montana
architectural community. "Montana architects keep bringing
us applications and they are solidly supporting the Unico
product line in the great state of Montana," he said.
The small-duct and mechanical technology has been around
since after World War II, but it languished in the 1980s,
says Intagliata. That’s when his father, Joe Intagliata,
reinvented the process, added better manufacturing and
engineering and using his already vast sales and marketing
abilities, started Unico Inc. in March of 1985. The rest,
as they say, is history and Unico Inc. enjoys strong sales
not only in Montana, but throughout the Rocky mountain
region, across the United States and in 22 countries
including all of Western Europe, China and Australia.
Unico looks for solid growth in Montana and beyond. "We are
committed to supporting everyone in the process in the
state of Montana, and will be making the Unico System, the
HVAC of choice in Big Sky country," Shawn Intagliata said.
On the Web: www.unicosystem.com