Unico Inc., a manufacturer of small-duct, high-velocity central heating and air-conditioning systems, has announced it is set to begin developing a new heat pump product that could revolutionize how homeowners heat their homes. The project is funded by the federal government.
Unico applied for and received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a cold-climate heat pump. This would be a first-of-its-kind heat pump that would heat a home without any additional sources of heat, even when the outdoor temperature reaches 17 degrees below 0 F. Such a product would enable customers living in areas that are dependent on fuel oil or propane to dramatically reduce their heating costs and save energy at the same time.
“We are very proud to have been awarded the DOE grant and are quite excited about getting to work on developing a product that would be truly be a first for the HVAC industry,” says Shawn Intagliata, president, Unico.
All work on the project will be performed by Unico engineers and some new employees hired specifically for work on the project. The project is expected to take three years.