We Are the Nation’s Largest SpacePak® Installer

American Vintage Home is proud to be the largest installer of SpacePak in the country and a recognized HVAC leader for homes with water heating systems. If you own a home in Chicago’s North Shore, we’d love to introduce you to the benefits of SpacePak systems.

Because of our unique experience preserving older homes, we’ve been chosen as the SpacePak installer for historic homes from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin to Galena, Illinois. Discover why vintage homeowners in our area are choosing SpacePak® as their air conditioning system.

SpacePak® Delivers Superior Comfort for Your North Shore Home

SpacePak pioneered and perfected the concept of “aspiration,” which is the use of a high-velocity air stream that gently mixes with the air in the room for a uniform, draft-free and comfortable environment. Hot and cold spots, drafts, and other temperature fluctuation problems that are common with conventional heating and cooling systems or window units are virtually eliminated.

SpacePak’s unique cooling method removes 30% more humidity from the air than traditional duct systems. So, even during the warmest, most humid months, the air in your home will be drier and more comfortable. The equipment operates quietly without disrupting your home comfort.

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SpacePak® Integrates Seamlessly Into Your Home

You’ll be able to feel the difference of a SpacePak HVAC system in every corner of your home—but that doesn’t mean you want to see your AC unit in every room. That’s why SpacePak was built to blend with your home décor.

Because SpacePak outlets are small and discreet, you don’t have to worry about compromising the aesthetics of your home. SpacePak systems are installed within your home’s existing structure without having to tear down walls. This way, you can live comfortably without sacrificing the beauty and charm of your interior.

SpacePak vs. Unico

Deciding between SpacePak and Unico? Either way, we’ve got you covered. Give us a call, and we can help you decide which would be best for your home!

Repairs & Maintenance on SpacePak AC Systems

We know SpacePak systems better than any other company. This will give you peace of mind that any maintenance or repair work we perform will not only be done correctly but will also be done cost-effectively. If you have ever felt that your existing service provider did not have the capability of maintaining, repairing, or resolving issues with your SpacePak system, give us an opportunity to show you what we can do. Our technical skills and knowledge of these systems are unmatched.

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Why Choose American Vintage Home?

Specialists in Historic Home Preservation

We know how much you cherish your older home in the Chicago North Shore area. That’s why we became experts on SpacePak systems: to help you enjoy a higher level of comfort without sacrificing your home’s history and charm.

Our technicians have extensive experience with the structures of older homes. Our knowledge and proven installation methods enable us to install your system in the least obtrusive manner while maximizing your comfort and energy efficiency. This way, you can save as much money as possible for years to come.

Unmatched Respect for Your Home

American Vintage Home shows the highest level of respect for your property and home in Evanston, Wilmette, Oak Park, and nearby neighborhoods. Our technicians wear shoe covers, put down drop cloths, and are trained to service your system both quickly and effectively. We even follow up with a phone call to ensure that you are happy with our work. We are proud to stand behind everything we do, and we never consider a job complete until you are 100% satisfied.

Our Unrivaled Installation Process

The installation process is a very important stage in your system’s life. It directly determines how efficiently your system will operate and how much money you will save over time. That’s why we take a number of steps to ensure your system will be installed correctly, including:

  • Engineering consultant visit. Our consultant will answer your questions, conduct a thorough analysis of your home, and present you with a proposal listing several options with upfront pricing.
  • Initial walkthrough. Our installation manager and lead technician will guide you through each aspect of the work that will be completed.
  • Installation. Our technicians will arrive each day at the appointed time and adhere to the timeline created by the installation manager, who will monitor the job on a daily basis. We also use shoe covers and drop cloths to keep our work area clean and contained.
  • Final walkthrough. The installation manager will inspect the work done in each phase, explain the basic operation of your new system, and ask you about your experience during the installation.

If you’ve been dreaming of a central HVAC solution for your older home that doesn’t require installing traditional ductwork or window units, SpacePak could be great for you!

We Install SpacePak® Systems throughout the Chicago North Shore Area

SpacePak® FAQs

Q: How noisy are SpacePak systems?

A: When installed properly, SpacePak systems generate the same amount of sound as a new conventional forced air system. These systems accomplish this by adding sound attenuation tubing near all the vents. So even though the air is traveling at a higher velocity than in conventional forced air systems, the attenuation tubing acts as a buffer that reduces the sound. The result is a quiet operating system that delivers relaxing, soothing comfort.

Q: Are SpacePak systems as comfortable as conventional air conditioning?

A: Yes, if not more so. SpacePak systems remove up to 30% more moisture than conventional forced air systems. This distinction is critical to your comfort level in a high-humidity climate like Chicago in the summer. Plus, there is less stratification, or temperature difference from floor to ceiling, with a SpacePak system. Rooms stay a comfortable, uniform temperature.

Q: Are equipment is installed with a SpacePak system?

A new SpacePak system includes:

  • Blower coil – installed in the attic or basement
  • Condensing unit – installed outside
  • Main supply trunk tubing
  • Individual branched supply duct tubing with sound attenuators
  • Vents throughout the home
  • Refrigerant lines that connect the condensing unit to the blower coil
  • A drain line that runs from the blower to a designated drain
  • Electric lines that run to the blower coil and condensing unit
  • Return air filter grille that allows air to travel from the home to the blower

Q: How long does it take to install a SpacePak or Unico system?

A: Generally, it takes 5-7 workdays to install your whole SpacePak system. Of course, the larger your home size, the longer the installation. We take the time to make sure every installation fits the home perfectly to ensure optimal system performance, longevity, and energy efficiency.

Q: How big are SpacePak ducts?

A: The supply tubing that travels through the walls and ceiling has a 2-inch diameter on the inside and 3.5-inch diameter on the outside. The main duct line installed in the attic or basement has a diameter of 7-9 inches.

Q: Where are SpacePak vents installed?

A: Vents can be installed on the ceiling, in flooring, or high up on the wall. Floor vents are installed with a fine mesh screen to prevent anything falling into them. We determine where the vents should go based on your home’s architecture, layout, and square footage, as well as your family’s sleeping locations and traffic patterns.

Q: What do the vents look like?

A: The round, inconspicuous vents come in a variety of different looks including basic white, unfinished wood, finished aluminum and brass, and Victorian embellishment. View the SpacePak brochure to see some examples.

Q: How big are SpacePak vents?

A: Vents are just under 5 inches in diameter. The center opening is about 2 inches in diameter.