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Title:
ODOR ELIMINATING SYSTEM FOR A TOILET
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2011/025470
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
An odor evacuation system for use in connection with a toilet having a toilet bowl with a rim has an inlet assembly configured for detachable mounting on the rim of the toilet bowl, A nozzle of the inlet assembly has an opening for admitting air from the toilet bowl, the nozzle being configured to fit into a gap between the rim of the toilet bowl and a toilet seat. An outlet assembly is fluidly connected to the inlet assembly. The outlet assembly has an outlet opening, a suction fan positioned upstream from the outlet opening and a filter member mounted upstream of the suction fan for scrubbing air admitted through the inlet assembly of objectionable odors. A flexible conduit is mounted between the inlet assembly and an outlet assembly for directing air from the inlet assembly to the outlet assembly.

Inventors:
GIANELLONI, James, R. (305 Faye Avenue, Metairie, LA, 70003, US)
Application Number:
US2009/005105
Publication Date:
March 03, 2011
Filing Date:
September 11, 2009
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
GIANELLONI, James, R. (305 Faye Avenue, Metairie, LA, 70003, US)
International Classes:
E03D9/04; A47K13/00
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
KEATY, Thomas, S. (Keaty Law Firm, Llc365 Canal Street,Suite 241, New Orleans LA, 70130, US)
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Claims:
I claim:

1. An odor evacuation apparatus for use in connection with a toilet having a toilet bowl with a rim, the apparatus comprising:

an inlet assembly configured for detachable mounting on the rim of the toilet bowl, the inlet assembly comprising a nozzle having an opening for admitting air from the toilet bowl, said nozzle being configured to fit into a gap between the rim of the toilet bowl and a toilet seat;

an outlet assembly operationally connected to the inlet assembly, said outlet assembly comprising an outlet opening, a suction fan positioned upstream 61Om the outlet opening and a filter member mounted upstream of the suction fen; and

a flexible conduit mounted between the inlet assembly and an outlet assembly for directing air from the inlet assembly to the outlet assembly.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein said outlet assembly further comprises a means for powering the suction fan.

3. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein said means for powering the suction fan comprises a battery mounted in the outlet assembly.

4. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein said means for powering the suction fan comprises a solar panel configured to generate sufficient power suitable for operation of the suction fan.

5. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein said means for powering the suction fan comprises a transformer configured to transform alternate current from a municipal power supply to a current suitable for operation of the suction fan.

6. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein said filter member is detachably mounted in said outlet assembly.

7. The apparatus of claim 1 , wherein said inlet assembly comprises a pressure switch configured for positioning above the rim of the toilet bowl and for activating the suction fan when a person presses on the toilet scat.

8. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising a three-way switch operationally connected to the suction fen for activating the suction fen, said three-way switch being movable between "On/off positions and an "Auto" position.

9. An odor evacuation apparatus for use in connection with a toilet having a toilet bowl with a rim and a toilet seat secured to the rim of the toilet bowl, the apparatus comprising:

an inlet assembly configured for detachable mounting on the rim of the toilet bowl, the inlet assembly comprising a nozzle having an opeπiπe for admitting air from the toilet bowl, said nozzle being configured to fit into a gap between the rim of the toilet bowl and the toilet scat;

an outlet assembly fluidly connected to the inlet assembly, said outlet assembly comprising an outlet opening, a switch-activated suction fan positioned upstream from the outlet opening and a filter member mounted upstream of the suction fan; and

a flexible conduit mounted between the inlet assembly and an outlet assembly for directing air from the inlet assembly to the outlet assembly.

10. The apparatus of claim 9, wherein said outlet assembly further comprises a three- way fan activating switch operationally connected to the suction ran, said three-way switch being movable between uOn/off" positions and an "Auto" position.

11. The apparatus of claim 10, wherein said inlet assembly comprises a pressure switch configured for positioning above the rim of the toilet bowl and for activating the suction fan when a person presses on the toilet seat.

12. The apparatus of claim 9, wherein said outlet assembly further comprises a means for powering the suction fan.

13. The apparatus of claim 12, wherein said means for powering the suction fan comprises a battery mounted in the outlet assembly.

14. The apparatus of claim 12, wherein said means for powering the suction fan comprises a solar panel configured to generate sufficient power suitable for operation of the suction fan.

15. The apparatus of claim 12, wherein said means for powering the suction fan comprises a transformer configured to transform alternate current from a municipal power supply to a direct current suitable for operation of the suction fan.

16. The apparatus of claim 9, wherein said filter member i$ detachably mounted in said outlet assembly.

17. A method of eliminating odors from a toilet having a toilet bowl with a rim and a toilet seat secured to the rim of the toilet bowl, comprising the steps:

providing an inlet assembly comprising a nozzle having an opening for admitting air from the toilet bowl, said nozzle being configured to fit into a gap between the rim of the toilet bowl and the toilet seat;

providing an outlet assembly comprising an outlet opening, a switch-activated suction fan positioned upstream from the outlet opening and a filter member mounted upstream of the suction fan;

fluidly connecting the inlet assembly with the outlet assembly by a flexible conduit; detachably mounting the inlet assembly on the rim of the toilet bowl such that the nozzle fits into the gap between the rim of the toilet bowl and the toilet seat;

activating the suction fen and directing air from the inlet assembly to the outlet assembly through the flexible conduit and the filter member, and

exhausting the filtered air through an outlet opening of the outlet assembly.

18. The method of claim 17, wherein the step of activating the suction fan comprises a step of providing said outlet assembly with a three-way fan-activating switch operationally connected to the suction fan, said three-way switch being movable between "On/off" positions and an "Auto" position.

19. The method of claim 17, wherein the step of activating the suction fen comprises a step of providing said inlet assembly with a pressure switch configured for positioning above the rim of the toilet bowl and activating the suction fan when a person presses on the toilet seat.

20. The method of claim 17, wherein said outlet assembly further comprises a means for powering the suction fan.

21. The method of claim 20, wherein said means for powering the suction fan comprises a battery mounted in the outlet assembly.

22. The method of claim 20, wherein said means for powering the suction fen comprises a solar panel configured to generate sufficient power suitable for operation of the suction fan.

23. The method of claim 20, wherein said means for powering the suction fen comprises a transformer configured to transform alternate current from a municipal power supply to a suitable for operation of the suction fan.

Description:
ODOR ELIMINATING SYSTEM FOR A TOILET

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] The present invention relates to an apparatus for removing odors from toilet bowls and, more particularly, to an apparatus for diverting gases attendant a toilet bowl to a filtration system mounted downstream from the toilet bowl.

[0002] A problem with the common toilet is that odors accumulate before the toilet can be flushed. Additionally, conventional flushing toilet bowls used throughout the world release malodorous gases into the room upon use, such that a fine mist or aerosol is often created. Such a mist or aerosol contains objectionable odor, as well as potentially harmful bacteria and viruses that will migrate throughout the adjacent area.

[0003] Some bathrooms and toilets have an exhaust action fan installed into a ceiling or a wall for the purpose of ventilation, removal of damp air and unpleasant smells from a room. This method of removing unpleasant air, however, is most inefficient due to the fact that the air in the room becomes contaminated first and then it is expelled by the exhaust fan. This means that the malodorous air can linger on for a considerable amount of time after the person has used the toilet, flowing around and about an occupant and his/her clothing. Some of the gases may permeate such clothing and hair of the user with socially unacceptable results. Moreover, the malodorous gases are almost never exhausted completely by the time a user opens the door and some of the gases migrate into an adjoining area.

[0004] The present invention contemplates provision of an odor eliminating system for removing the objectionable odors from the commode before the gas is released into the surrounding area. SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0005] It is, therefore, an object of the invention to provide an odor eliminating system for a toilet.

[0006] It is another object of the invention to provide an odor eliminating system that is configured to suck malodorous air from a conventional flushing commode.

[0007] It is a further object of the invention to provide an odor eliminating system that can be easily installed and dismounted upon demand.

[0008] These and other objects of the invention are achieved through a provision of an odor evacuation apparatus for use in connection with a toilet having a toilet bowl with a rim and a toilet seat secured to the rim of the toilet bowl. Conventionally, a gap is created between the bottom of the toilet seat and the top of the toilet bowl rim. The odor eliminating system has an inlet assembly configured for detachable mounting on the rim of the toilet bowl. A nozzle of the inlet assembly has an opening for admitting air from the toilet bowl, while the nozzle is configured to fit into the gap between the rim of the toilet bowl and the toilet seat.

[0009] An outlet assembly is fluidly connected to the inlet assembly, the outlet assembly comprising an outlet opening, a switch-activated suction fan positioned upstream from the outlet opening and a filter member mounted upstream of the suction fan. The outlet assembly is fluidly connected to the inlet assembly by a flexible conduit which directs foul air from the inlet assembly to the outlet assembly for scrubbing by the filter member.

[0010] The suction fan can be powered by a battery, a solar panel, or by a municipal power supply. The suction fan is activated by either a pressure switch mounted in the inlet assembly below the toilet seat or by a three-way switch mounted in the outlet assembly. The three-way fan activating switch is movable between "On/off positions and an "Auto" position.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0011] Reference will now be made to the drawings, wherein like parts are designated by like numerals, and wherein

[0012] Figure 1 is a perspective view of the apparatus of the present invention installed on a toilet.

[0013] Figure 2 is a detail view illustrating position of the intake nozzle under a toilet seat.

[0014] Figure 3 is a detail top view illustrating the intake nozzle.

[0015] Figure 4 is detail view of an outlet assembly. [0016] Figure 5 is a schematic view illustrating an embodiment of the present invention powered by a municipal power source.

[0017] Figure 6 is a schematic view of a second embodiment of the present invention powered by a solar panel.

[0018] Figure 7 is an electrical schematic of different power sources that can be used to power the suction fan of the system of the present invention.

[0019] Figure 8 is an electrical schematic of the system of the present invention.

DETAIL DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0020] Turning now to the drawings in more detail, numeral 10 designates the odor eliminating apparatus of the present invention. The apparatus 10 comprises an intake assembly 12, an outlet assembly 14, and a connecting conduit 16. Most contemporary toilets share common features. A commode 20, as shown in Figure 1, is an integrated body (i.e., a cast single piece) with a bowl 22 and a rim 25. Water, either from a tank 24 or a pipe (not shown) is piped through the tank 24 to outlets 26 beneath the rim when the toilet is flushed. A drain pipe 28 is formed in the body 20 and leads from the bowl 22 to a sewer line. A seat 30 is hingedly secured to the bowl 22 such that a gap 32 is formed between the rim 25 and a bottom surface 34 of the toilet seat 30.

[0021] The intake assembly 12 comprises an intake nozzle 40 configured to fit in the gap 32 and have an inlet open above the rim 25 of the bowl 22. A suction fan 42 is positioned in the outlet assembly 14 and is configured for fluid communication with the intake nozzle 40. The suction fan is powered by an electrical power supply from a battery 46, or a solar panel 47 in parallel with a battery, or a municipal power source 48, as shown in Figures 7 and 8. The 110- volt source of power can be also an air core transformer. An power transformer 49 can be used when powering the apparatus 10 by a municipal power source.

[0022] A normally open toilet seat switch 50 is operationally connected to the suction fan 42. When a user is seated on the toilet seat 30, the pressure switch 50 is depressed causing an electrical circuit to close and thereby activate the suction fan 42. The switch 50 can be a spring-mounted pressure switch (with a spring 51) that resiliency returns to an open position when the user gets up from the seat 30. When the switch is open and the outlet assembly exhaust fan is in an auto position, the suction fan 42 can be manually activated, as will be described in more detail hereinafter.

[0023] The nozzle assembly 12 is fluidly connected to the conduit 16 for transferring gas removed by the suction fan 42 to the outlet assembly 14. The conduit 16 is formed from a flexible deformable material, which allows the conduit 16 to be bent in a desired shape adjacent the toilet bowl 22. [0024] The outlet assembly 14 also comprises a filter member 60, which can be a charcoal filter, mounted upstream from the suction fan 42. The filter member 60 extends transversely to a gas flow traveling through the conduit 16. In one of the preferred embodiments, the filter member 60 has substantially the same contact area as the inner opening of the outlet assembly downstream from the conduit 16. As a result, the majority of malodorous air comes into contact with the filter medium in the filter member 60 before it is pulled out of the outlet assembly by the suction fan 42.

[0025] A three-way switch 64 is mounted on a side or top of the outlet assembly 14. The three-way switch has an "On" position, allowing the fan 42 to run continuously, an "Off position, shutting down the fan 42, and an "Auto" position, which allows the fan 42 to run as long as the electrical circuit is closed and the user presses on the pressure switch 50.

[0026] The air flow stripped of foul gases exits the outlet assembly 14 through the outlet opening 68. The outlet opening 68 may be directed to forcibly expel the air scrubbed of the odor-producing gases directly into the room.

[0027] If desired, a timer may be incorporated with the electrical circuit of the present invention, so that the suction fan operates for a predetermined period of time and then automatically switches off to conserve the battery power. The filter member 60 may be detachably positioned in the outlet assembly 14 allowing the user to change the filters once the filter member becomes ineffective. Similarly, the battery 46 can be easily exchanged for a new conventional battery.

[0028] The inlet assembly 12 may be secured by clips or brackets to the rim 25 of the toilet bowl 22. Alternatively, one or more suction cups may be provided on a bottom surface of the nozzle 40 to help retain the inlet assembly 12 in a desired position relative to the rim of the toilet bowl. The inlet assembly is configured for detachable mounting on the rim of the toilet bowl.

[0029] Many other changes and modifications can be made in the design of the present invention without departing from the spirit thereof. I, therefore, pray that my rights to the present invention be limited only by the scope of the appended claims.