Historic 1910 Home (Richmond, VA)


Located in Richmond, Va., this historic home constructed in 1910 is quite interesting in its design. Built nearly entirely out of concrete, 100 years ago these types of homes were typically inhabited by the very wealthy. Built to stand the test of time, this home has certainly achieved that goal, yet it needed the upgraded amenities that are found in today’s homes. When the owner decided to renovate it was determined that the old steam radiators needed to be upgraded and central air conditioning had to be installed. Due to the fact that the interior floors and exterior walls were constructed of poured and formed concrete, installation of any sort of conventional system would have proven to be very costly. Another issue was that drilling through could cause possible structural damage due to the large holes that would need to be drilled in order to accommodate the larger ducts which are normally associated with a traditional system. When the time came to finally install his system he chose a local contractor, Kelleher HVAC, to do the installation. Joe Kelleher knew that in order to make the job happen The Unico System was the only way to go.


Craving the warmth associated with today’s modern heat pump technology, the home owner decided to replace the old steam radiators with two 5 ton Unico heat pumps, paired with two Unico fan coils. This enabled the home owner to not only stay warm in the snowy Virginia winters, but stay cool throughout the steamy summers as well. Even for the small duct Unico system, running all of the duct work proved to be a daunting task. As part of the project, a separate contractor, who specializes in concrete boring, had to be hired in order to drill nearly 75 strategically placed holes through the 7 inches of concrete that make up the interior floors and ceilings. Because the Unico System duct is only 2 inches in diameter, the holes that were drilled weren’t big enough to damage the rebar inside the concrete, which was a big concern initially. Custom outlets were then made to blend into the homes entrance hall, which features a solid marble floor. Throughout the rest of the home, standard white outlets were used in the ceilings and red oak outlets blend seamlessly into the wood floors.


Though the home’s renovation remains incomplete as of yet, the units have been running due to incessant heat from the harsh summer. When Mr. Kelleher did a follow up visit, he was pleased to hear the system was functioning very well. The rest of the renovation team was happy to be working in such comfort. The owner looks forward to finally being able to feel constant and even comfort provided by The Unico System.