JUPITER, Fla. — Chris C. Willette, president, Triatomic Environmental, Jupiter, Florida, has been granted a U.S. patent for a mini ultraviolet (UV) germicidal irradiation light system invention designed for the tight confines of mini-splits and other ductless HVAC systems.

Patent number US 9,339,579 B2 is currently marketed under Triatomic Environmental’s Fresh-Aire UV® brand, a manufacturer of UV-C and photocatalytic oxidation/activated carbon IAQ products.

The invention consists of two pencil-thin, 9- x 3/8-inch UV lamps and a 6- x 1.5- x 1-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 is designed to inhibit 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 packaged terminal air conditioners (PTACs), fan coils, recreational vehicle air conditioning, and other compact refrigeration systems. The company said the system installs in minutes and an installation video is available at www.freshaireuv.com or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0cNutozCAg.

The patent follows another one granted in 2008 for the Blue-Tube UV, a residential low-voltage UV light disinfection system. Fresh-Aire UV currently has more than 12 inventions awaiting patents.

For more information, visit www.freshaireuv.com.

Publication date: 6/30/2016

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