University City in Philadelphia is home to Drexel, Univeristy of Pennsylvania, and University of the Sciences- with St. Joe's and La Salle just a short distance away. Many of the older homes in the area were used to house faculty and were built long before central air conditioning was even invented. Many of the homes, like this tudor twin, have third floors which never seem to be a warm as you'd like in the winter, or as cool as you'd like in the Summer, Our customers were tired of lugging heavy window air conditioners up to the third floor every year to try to get some comfort, and were looking for a solution that would keep their whole home cool. They were talking about the problem with their neighbors, who highly recommended us here at ECI, because of our experience, especially dealing with older homes throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs.
Queen Village is one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Bordering Society Hill, it has lots of rowhomes- many are historic, but some were built later, like this home, constructed in 1960. This section of Philadelphia is wonderful, but the homes are close together and many don't have air conditioning or ductwork, making them a challenge to keep comfortable, especially as our summers seem to be getting hotter and more humid. When our homeowners gave us a call, their Unico high velocity indoor air conditioning system wasn't working. When we invesitgated, we found that the blower motor was shot, and needed to be replaced. The homeowner decided that the system was over 20 years old, and it was time to replace the whole system rather than just one expensive part. This might sound straight forward enough, but replacing a system in a neighborhood like this one is trickeier than it looks- it involves cranes, taking down electrical wires and more!
In 1973, Norman Pitt and his wife moved into a 14-room Civil War era home in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia. In those years manufacturing was declining in the traditional working class areas of the City, and factories were closing. Many residents were moving to the surrounding suburbs and the community was struggling.
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There are a lot of choices when it comes to home comfort systems AND a lot of misinformation out there. In this article we're going to tackle the claim that small duct, high-velocity (SDHV) systems are loud or noisy.
Issues with your HVAC systems can be among the most frustrating problems to have. Whether your home tends to get cold in the winter or your office can't get properly cooled in the summer, HVAC issues can be expensive and uncomfortable.
Before you can go about solving HVAC problems, you have to identify the cause. Here are four of the most common reasons that HVAC systems are inefficient and how to solve them.
Small-duct high velocity (SDHV) heating and cooling systems have many benefits over conventional systems; they use less electricity, can be installed in more places, and are less susceptible to leaks. However, not everyone is familiar with what to look for in these systems, meaning it can be difficult to know how to select one.
HVAC concerns are critical for those who want to live comfortably, whether they live in a cold climate or a place that tends to be warm. For many people, the type of heating and cooling system that they use has the biggest impact on how comfortable they are when the weather is extreme. Because of this, it's important that consumers understand the benefits of choosing a high velocity heating and cooling system
Unico high-velocity keeps older homes comfortable and quiet at the same time.
High-velocity might strike the mental image of a jet engine, but a Unico system won't keep you awake at night. In fact, its whisper-quiet operation is the opposite of anything you might have imagined.
It's easy to think that something powerful would have to be noisy. But that's just not the case here. The design is smart, and good installation practices make this technology exactly right for older homes as well as new construction.
Yours can be the next local home to experience the comfort of humidity control.
While some older Philadelphia homes were designed and built to manage humidity and temperatures the natural way -- through stone construction and the science of passive cooling -- many homes still need the extra help that a Unico high-velocity system gives. And as everyone knows, humid weather can turn an otherwise beautiful day into a sticky, uncomfortable one.
The history and character of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park neighborhood are even more attractive with a modern, energy-efficient cooling solution such as Unico high velocity.
It's upsetting to see communities such as Fairmount and Old City fall into neglect and disrepair, but it's like a breath of fresh air watching them come back into their own again. One big factor in reviving classic Philadelphia neighborhoods has been a reinvention of the way the older homes are heated and cooled. ECI Comfort Solutions has been a major part of it for over 20 years.