Humidifier with UV anti-contamination provision

  • US 5,859,952 A
  • Filed: 04/23/1997
  • Issued: 01/12/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/03/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A humidifier comprising:

  • a housing;

    a water reservoir removably mounted on said housing and provided with means for supplying water to said housing;

    means on said housing for discharging said water into air and thereby humidifying a space containing said humidifier;

    means on said housing for discharging air in which water has been dispersed into the atmosphere; and

    an ultrasonic radiation generator in said housing for irradiating water in said housing with ultraviolet to limit microorganism discharge into the atmosphere, said ultraviolet radiation generator including an ultraviolet lamp on said housing disbursed between said reservoir and said means for discharging water into air and a compartment connected between said reservoir and said means for discharging water into air and traversed by water fed to said means for discharging water into air, said compartment having an ultraviolet transparent window, said lamp being juxtaposed with said window.

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