Independent test consultancy Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory recently published its findings on Dometic Marine's In-duct Breathe Easy(TM)Air Purifier and confirmed the unit's ability to reduce the presence of harmful mold spores and other contaminants and odors up to 100%. Inhaled mold is acknowledged by leading experts as a key contributor to health issues such as eye and respiratory tract irritation, sneezing and sore throats.
The In-Duct Breathe Easy Air Purifier is specifically designed to work within the ducting of a yacht'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 be made 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 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 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.
Frank Marciano, President of Dometic Marine said, "I recently visited a 95ft yacht built in 2004 that developed a serious mold problem that was making the crew sick. To alleviate the problem, the captain had all of the air conditioning ducts replaced and installed our In-Duct Breathe Easy Air Purifiers. Within days the boat's crew could actually perceive that they were breathing cleaner air. It makes me proud to offer such an incredible solution to our customers."
Marciano continues, "I think boaters are used to dealing with some sort of odor onboard due to residual effects of the boat's high humidity environment, especially if a boat is not used everyday and the air gets stagnant. With this revolutionary new product, people don't have to live with odors anymore. I used to have odors on my 30ft cabin cruiser, but since I put in the Breathe Easy Air Purifier they are completely gone!"
The health risk of inhaled mold could be heightened onboard a boat as dampness is common, cabin spaces are more difficult to ventilate with fresh air, and excessive exposure to contaminants is more likely due to long periods of time spent aboard.
Owners and operators of larger vessels seeking to offer the cleanest air within cabin spaces should visit Dometic Marine's booth (2115) at IBEX to view and find out more about the new In-Duct Breathe Easy Air Purifier.
About the Technology
The Photocatalytic Nano-Mesh is constructed of metalized foam. This minutely intricate structure provides 2200% 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% 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% to 100% and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by 80% to 100%. VOCs emanate from materials such as carpeting, curtains, plywood and adhesives and are known to cause a variety of health problems.
Within the report on the Breathe Easy(TM) Air Purifier's performance, Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory confirmed an overall reduction in indoor air pollutants, with up to 100% reduction in bacteria, surface mold and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The report stated: "Our findings show that in accordance with the manufacturer's claim, this equipment/technique is effective in reducing the indoor air pollutants, both biological as well as chemical."