The Dryer-Ell Takes Top Venting Design Award Honors
(Jupiter, FL -August 2006)  In-O-Vate Technologies’ new 90° long-turn dryer venting elbow was recognized for excellence in product design in the third annual Dealer Design Awards Program sponsored by The Air Conditioning Heating & Refrigeration News magazine.  An independent panel of 45 contractors acted as judges in the contest that had 112 entries from 75 manufacturers.  The Dryer-Ell took top honors with a Gold Award for ventilation products. 

In their decision, the panel of judges noted that this new dryer venting elbow is a “great idea” that will “really help contractors out in new construction dryer venting.”  Its innovative design removes the 5-foot reduction consequence found in most building codes for standard 90° turns (based on American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers methodology for calculating friction loss).  And, the 2006 IRC has adopted the advantage of its longer turn radius thus crediting the ventilation subcontractor five feet of duct run under section M1502.6.  One Judge was heard to say, “I wish I would have thought of this.” The Dryer-Ell reclaims allowable duct length.

Winning entries in the Dealer Design Awards were featured in the July 17, 2006 issue of The ACHR News, which is distributed nationally to over 32, 000 HVACR contractors, wholesalers, and other industry professionals.  The ACHR News Publisher John Conrad stated, “This product design competition gives us the opportunity to recognize outstanding innovations that make a dealer’s job easier and faster.

About the kind recognition, Rick Harpenau, President of In-O-Vate Technologies and inventor of the Dryer-Ell reported, “I am honored that a leading HVAC trade magazine gathered a fine panel who saw how beneficial a product the Dryer-Ell can be.  We appreciate the recognition and are pleased that even more people in the trades will be introduced to the Dryer-Ell as a result.”

The larger radius and smooth interior of the Dryer-Ell increases dryer efficiency, and— when replacing a restrictive 3” radius elbow to reclaim duct length—it can be used as an alternative to expensive booster fans.  For total dryer venting systems, it nicely complements the Dryerbox® which is the first invention the company brought to market in 1994.

About In-O-Vate Technologies, Inc.: Based in Jupiter, FL, In-O-Vate Technologies designs, markets and manufactures innovative new products.  The family of products invented include The Dryerbox®, The Downbox™, The Dryer-Ell™ and LintAlert™ boasting annual sales in excess of $5 million.
Contact Information:

Rick Harpenau
In-O-Vate Technologies, Inc.
810 Saturn Street, Suite 20 • Jupiter, FL 33477
Phone: (561) 743-8696 • Fax: (561) 745-9723