Once upon a time, air conditioners made hot air cold but new ideas will mean that theair conditioner of the future will do far more than just regulate air temperature. Fujitsu is taking the air conditioner concept and injecting new life with advanced filtration techniques and additives such as Vitamin C to offer a healthier home and office environment.
When it released its "Nocria" series 3 air conditioner models late last year, Fujitsu broke new ground by selling "automatic filter cleaning" air conditioners which employed a "2 wavelength UV sterilization lamp". A world first in domestic air conditioners at the time.
However, this time with the imminent release of their new series of air conditioners (ACS-24NVU/ACS-18NV), Fujitsu have again come up with another world first, by incorporating a revolutionary Vitamin C emission filter into these new models scheduled for a Japanese release this August (August 21st).
Interestingly enough, the new series of air conditioners which make use of vitamin C emissions, have been dubbed "Lemonea" in Japanese, presumably due the fruit's refreshing nature and reputation as a relatively good source of ascorbic acid. The series of air conditioners has no official English name yet.
According to Fujitsu, in recent years, more and more people have become concerned about germs, viruses, oxygen radicals and toxins floating in the air, due to an increased awareness of health and hygiene.
In response to these trends, Fujitsu have developed the first air conditioner designed to suppress oxygen radicals that are said to be bad for the body, through the use of its UV sterilization and Vitamin C emissions.
In fact, calling it an air cleaner might be a more accurate description, due to the "2 wavelength UV sterilization lamp", first introduced in Fujitsu's Nocria series 3 models. By sterilising the air passing through the unit, it works on much of the bacteria, viruses and floating mould that is harmful to humans. UV pasteurization is widely practiced in the industry field's method of pasteurizing water and foods. By the effective pasteurizing power of UV, the Nocria is able to pasteurize and deodorize room air during operation as well as the air inside the unit while switched off, thus constantly providing clean air all the time.
However, the revolutionary constituent of the new Lemonea series air conditioners is its so-called "Vitamin C emission filter". By releasing the antioxidant vitamin C into the air, the active oxygen or oxygen radicals in the air are suppressed which results in effective deodorization. The dust filter makes use of an HEPA filter which can boast a 99.97% efficiency rating in collecting dust particles as small as 0.3(m.
Filter cleaning is also performed automatically by the unit, which reduces manual cleaning of the filter to about once a year, which in turn promotes high-energy savings.
According to Fujitsu, this new series of air conditioners deodorizes not just cigarette smells, but also pet and garbage smells up to four times faster than its predecessor. It does so by ozone release from the UV lamp, an intricate aluminium honeycomb catalyst, as well as exposing the absorbed air to UV rays which result in a "99.99% effectiveness in deodorization" it claims.
By combining the groundbreaking technologies of its predecessor along with the recently developed innovations, the Lemonea is a remarkable achievement in the world of domestic air conditioning. Proving once again that Fujitsu are the current trailblazers when it comes to reinventing the tired old air conditioner.
See the Fujitsu website for more information on the Nocria, however press release information on the Lemonea is not yet available in English.