LG unveils anti-malaria air conditioning for Africa

LG Electronics has unveiled its latest hi-tech residential Air Conditioner (AC) in Nigeria, touted as being capable of helping reduce malaria infection rates in Africa by repelling mosquitoes using ultrasonic wave technology.

The new ‘anti-malaria’ conditioning unit has undergone testing in a World Health Organization (WHO) standard 1.9 m3 Peet-Grady Chamber and was found to knock down 64 percent of malaria-transmitting female Anopheles mosquitoes within 24 hours. It also eliminated 82 percent of female Anopheles mosquitoes overall.

“In Nigeria, as well as in a number of other African countries, malaria continues to be a prevalent threat,” said Jun-hwa Jeong, General Manager of Air Conditioning and Energy Solutions at LG Electronics.

“LG takes great pride in tailoring products and technologies to the specific needs of consumers. By matching technologies directly to these region-specific challenges, we can create real solutions that will help bring about profound and meaningful changes to consumers.”

By pressing the “anti-mosquito 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.

The AC has been specifically designed for the country and other African countries that experience unreliable power supplies.

It comes fitter with LG’s Tropical Compressor designed to operate in hotter climates and a Super Automatic Voltage Switcher (Super AVS) that helps protect the compressor against damage from current fluctuations in the event of power blackouts or surges.

“In terms of economic development, the entire African continent has enormous potential and we’re hopeful that LG’s technologies will help people unlock that potential,” said Mohammed Fouani, Managing Director of Fouani Nigeria. “LG has sought to move well beyond its role as a technology provider and has put into place a number of initiatives to combat poverty and promote community-building.”

LG’s new AC is already on retail in West African countries.

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