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METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REDUCTION OF WATER RE-EVAPORATION IN A DEDICATED DEHUMIDIFIER/WATER HEATER

United States Patent Application

20180080660
A1
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An apparatus that includes a refrigeration circuit that includes an evaporator, a first condenser and a compressor. The apparatus includes a refrigerant-water heat exchanger that includes a second condenser fluidly coupled to the refrigeration circuit. A control valve is operatively connected to the refrigeration circuit to direct flow of refrigerant through at least one of the first condenser during a dehumidification mode and the second condenser during a water heating mode. A damper is disposed on an upwind side of the evaporator, the damper being operable to reduce airflow across the evaporator during a ventilation mode.
USELTON, Robert B. (Plano, TX)
Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson TX)
15/ 271,419
September 21, 2016
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY-SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. NFE-07-01094 started November 2007 with the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.