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TIME Names Carrier’s OptiClean a Best Invention of 2020

MONTLUEL, France -

OptiClean Dual-Mode Air Scrubber and Negative Air Machine recognised for its rapid innovation to help create healthy indoor environments

Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR) leading global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions, today announced that its OptiClean™ Dual-Mode Air Scrubber & Negative Air Machine sold in the North American market has been named as one of TIME’s 100 Best Inventions of 2020. The OptiClean 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.

“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 Carrier Senior Vice President, Engineering, Chris Kmetz. “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 invented the OptiClean as a negative air machine for hospitals treating COVID-19 patients to help hospitals protect caregivers, workers, and patients. OptiClean can plug into standard wall outlets and has a footprint of less than three square feet. As an air scrubber 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.

OptiClean is one of a number of solutions offered through Carrier's Healthy Buildings Program, an expanded suite of advanced solutions to help deliver healthier, safer, more efficient and productive indoor environments. To view the full TIME 2020 Best Inventions list visit

Versions of the OptiClean are being developed globally and will be adapted to European, Middle Eastern, Asian and South American regulations and markets. These new versions are scheduled be available beginning in the coming weeks.