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The first air-con to eradicate H1N1 has been launched in the UAE

The first air-conditioner to eradicate the H1N1 flu virus has been launched in the UAE by LG Electronics Air Conditioning Company (LG AC). “This will help focus attention on the growing importance of indoor air quality,” says LG Electronics Gulf FZE president HS Paik.

According to a research survey conducted by LG in conjunction with Synovate, four out of five UAE residents highlight respiratory problems as their main health concern, with the number of diagnosed cases having risen by 8.2% since 2005. In addition, such health issues are aggravated by the high heat and humidity experienced in the region.

“Appliance technology can play a positive role. Health is a root concern, and so forms the basis for innovation in LG’s appliance product development,” says Paik. In this regard, the new Titan unit features a ‘virus-safe’ filter.

According to tests carried out by the Kitasato Research Centre of Environmental Science in Japan, the filter eradicates about 99.9% of Influenza A viruses in 24 hours. The filter has also been certified by the British Allergy Foundation for its anti-allergenic properties. Known as a ‘cyclotron’ plasma filter, it also collects up to 30% more dust than conventional plasma filters.

Featuring an air flow of up to 10 m, the unit has double vanes with six horizontal and five vertical swing modes. It operates at an ultra-low noise level of 34 dB, which is considerably quieter than an average library at 40 dB, according to LG. The twin-rotary compressor also reduces vibration by up to 70% compared with conventional models.

A ‘tropical’ operating mode has been designed specifically to counter the Middle East’s harsh climate. Its basic operating temperature of 54 degrees Celsius, the standard for all LG air-conditioners, is guaranteed at 187 V to 253 V, while 60 degrees Celsius is guaranteed at 220 V/60 Hz or 230 V/50 Hz.

“It is the world’s first air-conditioner to boast dual units,” says LG Electronics Gulf FZE GM: AC division Chris Ahn. The main unit is placed on the wall, while the second ‘air cruiser’ unit is placed on the opposite wall. “This set up cools the room up to 40% faster than with regular air conditioners, and disperses cool air 70% more equally around the room.”

The ‘air cruiser’ unit is also equipped with a dehumidifier, but perhaps its ‘coolest’ feature is that it is compatible with all split ACs, allowing consumers to upgrade their existing systems with the latest technology.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 06:25
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