Aerapy’s Zone360X upper air UV unit won the bronze award in the Indoor Air Quality category of the 2021 Dealer Design Awards. (Photo: PRNewswire)

Aerapy wins bronze in Dealer Design Awards

SAINT CHARLES, Ill.—Aerapy, a manufacturer of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI or UV) products, was recognized for excellence in product design in the 18th annual Dealer Design Awards. The manufacturer was awarded bronze in the Indoor Air Quality category for its Zone360X, an upper-room UV unit with a built-in fan that helps increase air flow, Aerapy said in a release.

The awards were sponsored by The Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (ACHR) News magazine, a trade magazine for the heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) industries. An independent panel of contractors acted as judges in the contest.

“Our company started in 2008 with a passion to improve indoor air quality through researched, tested, and study-backed UV products,” said Annette Uda, founder and president of Aerapy, in the release. “We are beyond proud to have our commitment to creating innovative and effective UV products like the Zone360X recognized by HVACR industry leaders.”

Winners in the Dealer Design Awards are featured in the July 26, 2021, issue of The ACHR News, which is distributed nationally to more than 27,000 HVACR contractors, wholesalers and distributors, and other industry professionals.

“These awards give us a unique opportunity to recognize the outstanding research and development efforts that go into many of the products serving the HVACR industry,” said Mike Murphy, publisher of The ACHR News, in the release. “The awards issue gives our readers an opportunity to read about innovative installation and service solutions.”

Air moves naturally to the upper portion of a room via convection currents. However, the Zone360X, an enhanced version of Aerapy’s patented Zone360, features an integrated fan to draw in air for faster pathogen reduction. As the air circulates, each round trip from lower room to upper room and into the unit’s disinfecting UV-C light continues to reduce pathogen load, Aerapy said in the release.

The Zone360X includes an option of three fan speeds and a remote control. As room occupancy increases, fan speed can be increased for faster air disinfection and improved indoor air quality. Moreover, when HVAC is being serviced or otherwise unavailable, the integrated fans continue to circulate the air.

 Aerapy is a certified woman-owned business that is dedicated to helping create healthy indoor environments with researched, tested, and study-backed UV technology. The company’s UV products for HVAC systems and its standalone upper-air UV units, such as the award-winning Zone360X, can be installed in new buildings or retrofitted into existing facilities. The products are made in the USA, the company said.

In independent laboratory testing, and in combination with Aerapy’s proprietary sizing method, the company’s UV technology is reported to have achieved a 99.97 percent reduction of SARS-CoV-2 in the air, in one air pass. In additional testing against pathogens, including highly resistant bacteria (MRSA), mold, viruses covering six key factors for human and zoonotic, and more, Aerapy UV also showed a greater than 99.9 percent reduction, the company said.

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