LG Electronics launched its “Mosquito Away” residential air conditioner model in the Kenyan market this week. The ACs with Ultrasonic Repellent Technology specifically designed for the local market incorporates a function that uses ultrasonic waves to combat mosquitoes.
The air conditioner emits ultrasonic waves that, in a way, disrupt the mosquito’s sensory cells and cause paralysis, confusion and sometimes death. LG says that the mosquito repelling technology “is harmless to humans and represents a clean, safe alternative to dangerous chemical-based insecticides and repellents.”
By pressing the “Mosquito Away button” on the AC’s remote control, a speaker within the air conditioner is activated that produces inaudible ultrasonic waves at a frequency of 30 kHz to 100 kHz that repel mosquitoes.
Conveniently, the air conditioner’s Mosquito Away function can be turned on independently of cooling; helping to prevent unnecessary energy usage. When strong cooling is required, the Jet Cool function and the product’s large fan deliver an increased volume of airflow.
LG has indicated that the new AC unit has “undergone testing in a World Health Organization (WHO) standard 1.9 m3 Peet-Grady Chamber.” In the tests done at the Muhimbili University in Tanzania, LG reveals that “the Mosquito Away proved its effectiveness by repelling 76 percent of female Anopheles mosquitoes within 24 hours.” Other tests were conducted at Ibadan University, Nigeria and University of Khartoum, Sudan.
The air conditioners also feature a Low Voltage Starter, Gold Fin and Jet Cool.
The new AC unit is available in selected Hotpoint show rooms in Sarit Center, Nairobi and Likoni, Mombasa from 21st of January 2014.