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  • 22nd June 2015

What's Lurking in your Airconditioning

Written by AndrewDavis

Whats Lurking in your Airconditioning

Drivers largely take air-conditioning for granted, switch it on when required and forget about it when not. Many vehicle manufacturers do not include servicing a car’s air conditioning system in their standard maintenance programme. Time-pressed car service workshop technicians often overlook it, too.

An air conditioning unit that is not cared for properly may present the car owner with several potentially expensive, unexpected and even unpleasant problems. It may make strange noises, leak moisture, not cool the car adequately, give off musty and unpleasant smells, or worse, cause allergic reactions such as bronchial tube irritation, eye inflammation, runny noses, and tender throats, and driver fatigue.

Drivers often experience allergy symptoms due to pollutants or micro organisms – a healthy ventilation
system can make all the difference. One reason for this is pollutants such as exhaust fumes that enter the car from the outside through open windows or the ventilation system. Another is the build-up of bacteria, fungi, germs, mould, and spores on the surface of the air conditioning unit’s evaporator and in the ventilation system, especially if the unit is only used intermittently.

The car’s cooling and heating systems generate and retain condensation all year round, dust and pollen often settle there, offering bacteria an ideal breeding ground.

If left untreated these microorganisms may also set up home behind the dashboard. Their spores contribute significantly to “sick car syndrome”. When the car occupant switches on the air conditioning or heater of a car with a compromised ventilation system, these spores are blown into the cabin and inhaled.

Car owners can stop this problem in its tracks. Experts recommend running the air-conditioner at least five minutes per week to prevent seals drying out, the vehicle should be disinfected and protected against bacterial growth annually, and the airconditioning system should be serviced every two years.

There are also several products on the market to eliminate problems associated with pollutants and microorganisms in the passenger compartment. These include cleaning systems and air filters.

Wynn’s National sales manager Andrew Bremner says the Wynn’s Aircomatic ultrasonic heating ventilation air conditioning (HVAC) cleaning system will address the symptoms that cause sick car syndrome like unpleasant cabin smells, eye and throat irritation, bronchial infections and allergic reactions, fast and cost-effectively. The secret of the product’s success is that it cleans the air conditioning unit from the inside out, using a circular cleaning method based on ultrasonic vaporisation.

With the Wynn’s Aircomatic system there is no need to dismantle any components, remove the pollen filter, or use specialist tools.

The system works fast and efficiently and can complete a full evaporation treatment in under 20 minutes automatically without the need for technical supervision.

The Wynn’s Aircomatic service cleans the evaporator surface, kills microorganisms and their spores, refreshes the air ducts and the passenger compartment, and maintains air purity in the car for long periods. It is recommended to repeat the treatment annually for optimum results.

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