World's First Antimicrobial Copper Air Conditioner Launched in Beijing
The world's first antimicrobial copper air conditioner has been
launched in Beijing by the Chinese air conditioning giant Chigo, in
association with the International Copper Association. This
ground-breaking product will harness the antimicrobial properties
of copper for a new application. In addition to this, it
offers record-breaking energy-saving performance.
The Cu+ mark is used by Chigo to indicate that their products
contain Antimicrobial Copper, the world's most effective
antimicrobial touch surface material.
Consumers today are becoming more health conscious and, in a
proactive response to this market trend, Chigo's new air
conditioners are the world's first consumer goods to contain
HVAC system components operate in warm, dark, humid environments
that are ideal breeding grounds for contamination that causes
odours and can inhibit system efficiency. Laboratory testing
has shown that copper materials can inhibit the growth of these
organisms. After 24 hours of exposure to copper surfaces,
total die off was observed in several common mould species, and the
commonly-used aluminium had no effect on any of the fungi.
While Chigo's new air conditioner is the very first to implement
copper, it is also leading the way with energy efficiency.
China's new Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) standards are at the
forefront of energy efficiency for air conditioners, and this unit
boasts a rating of 8.36. Compared to other models of the same
capacity with the current highest EER grade (3.6), it could save up
to 56% more energy.
According to Chigo Group Vice President Dr. Zheng Zuyi, the new
air conditioner is the latest in a long line of innovative products
from the company, and there will be more to come: "Chigo, as a
market leader, has always looked to producing the healthiest and
quietest air conditioner and adopting the most energy-saving air
conditioning technology. This new product will lead a
positive new market trend towards healthier home appliances.
We are delighted to witness the successful launch of the world's
first Antimicrobial Copper air conditioner with the Cu+ mark.
It is one of the achievements of our cooperation with
Mr. Li Xinghao, CEO and President of Chigo pointed to the future
of this latest accomplishment: "As our global expansion continues,
it is vital for Chigo to build up a high-quality, global supply
chain. Chigo will continue to work with ICA and produce more
products with Antimicrobial Copper. At the same time, it's
also a part of Chigo's social responsibility to put forward product
innovations that are low carbon and that also meet global
consumers' growing health-consciousness."
This practical implementation builds on laboratory work by
University of Southampton researcher Professor Bill Keevil
assessing the effectiveness of copper as an antifungal surface for
air-conditioning systems, and is a tremendous advance for both
Antimicrobial Copper implementation, and innovation in HVAC.
For further information, contact:
Copper Development Association
5 Grovelands Business Centre
HP2 7TE, UK
Tel: +44 1442 275705, Fax +44 1442 275716
The latest published research into copper's efficacy against the
spread of fungi in air conditioning systems appeared in Letters
in Applied Microbiology:
Potential for Preventing Spread of Fungi in
Air-Conditioning Systems Constructed Using Copper Instead of
L Weaver, H T Michels, C W Keevil, Letters in Applied