FAQs

Whole Room

+ Are Halosil International’s products EPA registered?
Not only are Halosil International products registered but they are also EPA approved. Products have been extensively tested and validated by well-known and reputable third party laboratories to function as advertised and labeled. Halosil International’s product labels, HaloMist and HaloFogger user’s manual, website content and brochure information are subject to ongoing EPA review as part of the approval process. Be aware that some technologies, including UV, are seemingly unregulated as they are currently required simply to list the site of assembly by notification to the EPA. Presently, there is no requirement for assuring efficacy of the UV equipment or supplier claims.
+ Why fog versus spray and wipe?
There is enough evidence to show that spray and wipe is not an effective process for disinfection. While spray and wipe are necessary for cleaning, more contemporary methods such as fogging for whole room disinfection are needed to assure that all surfaces whether visible or not, are reached and pathogens are eliminated.
+ Is the HaloFogger safe to use around sensitive healthcare equipment and computer keyboards?
The HaloFogger produces a dry mist which when used as directed, does not condense or corrode and can be effectively used in healthcare settings including patients rooms, waiting areas, treatment rooms and operating rooms.
+ Why use peroxide based products versus chlorine?

There are many advantages of using peroxide versus chlorine for disinfection. In healthcare and surface disinfection applications, Halosil International’s peroxide based disinfection products are EPA approved for fogging. By fogging versus spray and wiping, the product reaches every surface in a room whether visible or not and thus minimizes the impact of human labor inconsistencies. These products are effective, odor-free, economical, do not condense or corrode, have a long shelf life and are safe to use around sensitive equipment. Hydrogen peroxide decomposes into oxygen and water and is safe for people and the environment.

Chlorine bleach, while a powerful disinfectant, produces harmful and toxic disinfection by-products. Other issues with chlorinated products include strong odor and corrosion, making them unsuitable for fogging application.

Targeted UV

+ How does The UV Box work?
Plug the unit into a 110 volt standard outlet, turn the power switch on and a green light illuminates.  Turn the knob and open the door and place the item to be decontaminated into the box.  Close and lock the door, press the red button (lights up during the 55 second cycle). When the red light goes off, decontamination is done.  You might notice a slight ozone smell when the cycle is complete.
+ Can I put anything in The UV Box?
Yes, it will not harm electronic devices such as smartphones and iPad tablets.  Personal items such as employee badges or other small items can also go in the box.
+ Does the system have any limitations?
You shouldn't lay things on top of one another.  If the UV light can’t hit it, it can’t disinfect it.
+ How do I know The UV Box is working?
On the front of the box is a plastic bubble that will turn blue when the UV lights are on.
+ Can I test The UV Box?
Yes, there are yellow UV test tabs that turn green when place in the box and a cycle is run.
+ Is there any maintenance that needs to be done on The UV Box?
Lights should last about 16,000 hours and have a 7-year warranty, once registered.  If the chamber is very dirty, inside reflectors in the box can be cleaned using a mixture of alcohol and water (1:1).  Residues of alcohol-based cleaning products are easily wiped away with a water-soaked cotton cloth.
+ Is The UV Box safe?
The UV lights do not come in contact with staff or patients.  The lights are completely enclosed within the decontamination chamber, so there is no danger.

Air Purification

+ Should our central air system run all the time so your system is always working? Is it better to have the A/C unit working 24/7?
The Guardian Air unit treats your home when the HVAC unit fan is on. It is recommended to leave your fan on continually when possible to provide maximum benefit. However, cycling the unit on and off with the fan is acceptable, but be aware that excessive repeated cycling may degrade the useful life of the cell elements. We recommend running the unit continuously.
+ What is the best way to connect/wire the Safety Net APS or Guardian unit?
We recommend for optimal performance and maximum cell life that the Guardian Air product line operates continuously.
+ Can I install your unit in the same area with a humidifier or dehumidifier?
Yes and RGF recommends installing the unit 10 – 12 inches above the humidifier/dehumidifier.
+ Where is the best place to install the Safety Net APS or Guardian unit?
The best location for your APS or Guardian QR+ unit is in the plenum, just after the air handler. This allows for full distribution and extended air treatment. In situations where it is somehow impossible to locate the unit after the HVAC unit, it is acceptable to locate the Guardian Air™ unit before the HVAC unit; however, the high moisture content of the cooling coils, as well as the high temp of the heating coils, will reduce the effective treatment capacity of the unit.
+ How often do I need to replace the cell (bulb)? How do I know if the cell needs replacing?
The output of the unit reduces with time and, after two years of operation, it is recommended to change out the replaceable cell.
+ How is the Safety Net APS REME® and Guardian QR+ different from a UV light?
Pro-Active Air Purification Hydroperoxides and other friendly oxidizers created by the APS and Guardian Air and are carried into the conditioned space via blower to where people are living, breathing and sneezing, killing airborne and surface bacteria and viruses, neutralizing odors, and reducing particulates (dust, dander and pollen).