Jupiter, Fla.-Chris C. Willette, president, Triatomic Environmental, Jupiter, Fla., was granted a U.S. patent on May 17 for a mini ultraviolet (UV) germicidal irradiation light system invention designed for the tight confines of mini-splits and other HVAC industry ductless air conditioners.
Patent number US 9,339,579 B2 is currently marketed under Triatomic Environmental's Fresh-Aire UV® brand, the largest manufacturer of UV-C and photocatalytic oxidation/activated carbon indoor air quality (IAQ) products in North America.
The invention consists of two pencil-thin, 9 (L) x 3/8 (D)-inch UV lamps and a 6 (W) x 1.5 (H) x 1 (D)-inch 120 or 208-230-VAC power supply. Fresh-Aire UV has sold the system under the product name Mini UV™ since 2011 and also repurposed it in 2015 as Ice UV Mini™ for nursing station and retail countertop ice and water dispensers.
Willette's invention was conceived more than 10 years ago when realizing that commercial and central residential system UV light systems available at the time for were too large to fit the millions of mini-split evaporator coils across the globe. The invention inhibits all mold and other biological growth on blower and evaporator coil interior surfaces. It also sterilizes germs, viruses, allergens and other pathogens that can flourish in all ductless HVAC systems including PTACs, fancoils, recreational vehicle air conditioning, and other compact refrigeration systems. The system installs in just minutes and an installation video is available at www.freshaireuv.com.
The patent follows another one granted in 2008 for the Blue-Tube UV, a residential low-voltage UV light disinfection system that has become the HVAC industry's top-selling UV light product. Fresh-Aire UV is known as a UV innovation leader and currently has more than 12 inventions awaiting patents.
About Fresh-Aire UV®:
Fresh-Aire UV® is a division of Triatomic Environmental Inc., Jupiter, Fla., a leading manufacturer and developer of germicidal UV light systems designed for commercial/industrial and residential HVAC systems and ice machines. Among their products is the patented Blue-Tube UV®, the first 24 volt low-voltage germicidal UV light for HVAC, which has become the most popular product of its type in the world. Fresh-Aire UV's revolutionary APCO® (advanced photocatalytic oxidation) system, which combines UV-C light with activated carbon cells for comprehensive odor, VOC and microbial control, was an International Innovation Award winner at the 2011 AHR Expo. Fresh-Aire UV® systems are sold through wholesale HVAC/R distributors, specified by consulting engineers and installed/serviced by air conditioning contractors. Fresh-Aire UV® continually strives to engineer, develop and market products to meet the demand for a greener world and healthier environment. The UV products improve air quality, enhance the efficiency of HVAC/R systems and reduce maintenance costs. For more information please visit www.freshaireuv.com, call 1-(800) 741-1195 or email: email@example.com.
John Parris Frantz
JPF Assoc. Communications