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TIME nod for Carrier

Magazine names Carrier's OptiClean dual-mode air scrubber and negative air pressure machine “Best Invention of 2020”

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida, 19 November 2020: Carrier Global Corporation said that its OptiClean Dual-Mode Air Scrubber & Negative Air Machine has been named as one of TIME magazine’s 100 Best Inventions of 2020. The OptiClean, Carrier said through a Press release, was developed through rapid innovation in early 2020 to help support infectious isolation rooms in hospitals. TIME featured OptiClean in the Medical Care category of its prestigious annual list that recognizes 100 ground-breaking inventions that are making the world better and smarter, Carrier said.

“We are honored the OptiClean is being recognized by TIME for a product we developed and brought to market in record time while maintaining strict standards to ensure the highest quality,” said Chris Kmetz, Carrier Senior Vice President, Engineering. “At Carrier, we’re committed to doing our part to develop smart, sustainable and efficient solutions that will address our most critical needs.”

At the onset of the pandemic, Carrier said, it invented the OptiClean as a negative air pressure machine for hospitals treating COVID-19 patients to help hospitals protect caregivers, workers, and patients. OptiClean, Carrier said, can plug into standard wall outlets and has a footprint of less than three square feet. As an air scrubber, Carrier claimed, OptiClean can improve the indoor air quality of classrooms, restaurants, dental offices, commercial buildings and more by pulling in air, scrubbing it using a HEPA filter and then exhausting cleaner air back into the room, reducing contaminants in the air and offering further protection as part of an overall mitigation strategy.

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