Dometic Marine, a leading supplier of marine HVAC systems has won an industry-renowned IBEX Innovation Award for its new In-Duct Breathe Easy(TM) Air Purifier (patent-pending). The award will be presented at the Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle Nov. 18 – 20.

Frank Marciano, president, Dometic Marine, commented: “Having been at the forefront of the marine air conditioning industry for over 50 years with the Cruisair, Marine Air and Condaria brands, we continue to focus on improving what we do. With adoption of this state-of-the-art indoor air quality technology, Breathe Easy Air Purifiers will soon be standard equipment aboard every air conditioned commercial vessel in the world.”

He added: “Special thanks must go to Bill Liptak whose tireless efforts have made this low maintenance product, with its patent-pending features, not just another me-too.”

The In-Duct Breathe Easy Air Purifier is specifically designed to work within the ducting of a vessel's air conditioning system. Operating silently, it purifies and cleanses air using Photocatalytic Nano-Mesh Technology with UV light. Each time the air circulates it is further purified.

The unit takes up little space and if retrofitted will require no alterations to

 the vessel's existing air conditioning unit. There is no need for any mounting hardware as a section of the A/C ducting is cut out and the circular In-Duct Breathe Easy tube is simply inserted, then the ducting is reattached to it. The Breathe Easy is available in sizes to match all standard duct diameters.

The In-Duct Breathe Easy unit is also highly relevant for installation during a vessel's refit and refurbishment as during such extensive work there are a myriad of solvents and glues used all of which give off dangerous, sometimes odor-free emissions. Coupled with the smell of new fabrics and carpets a recently refurbished vessel, although looking in pristine condition, could contain highly contaminated and polluted air.

The Photocatalytic Nano-Mesh is constructed of metalized foam. This minutely intricate structure provides 2200 percent more surface area for holding the molecular catalytic coating than is possible with a simple screen structure. In addition, through the science of nanotechnology, the titanium-dioxide catalyst is restructured at the molecular level to have an increased number of contact surfaces. This provides 70 percent more atoms on the catalytic surface for improved reactivity with contaminants.

The metalized foam structure and the catalyst's nanotechnology create maximum photocatalytic activation for more thorough purification of air. This means fresher, cleaner and healthier air onboard. The system has been proven to reduce microbiological contaminants such as bacteria, fungi, and pollen by 90 percent to 100 percent and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by 80 percent to 100 percent. VOCs emanate from materials such as carpeting, curtains, plywood and adhesives and are known to cause a variety of health problems.

Dometic Marine, a division of the Dometic Group, is the world's largest supplier of innovative and technologically advanced comfort systems and equipment for yachts and pleasure boats and a major supplier of HVAC and sanitation systems to the commercial, workboat and military markets.

A specialist supplier to OEM, refit and repair and aftermarkets, Dometic Marine has an unmatched support network of company-owned offices located in 12 strategic regions across the globe supported by numerous marine R&D facilities and factories. The products are further supported in the field by factory-authorized distributors, dealers and service engineers offering a global presence in over 100 countries worldwide.

Dometic's commercial HVAC systems can be fitted to the broadest range of commercial vessels and conform to NMMA and ASHRAE standards; the company is ISO 9001:2008 certified.