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Frequently Asked Questions

How does Illuvia work?
  • A pre-filter cartridge first captures larger particles to ensure optimum efficiency of the system.
  • A proprietary photolytic chamber slows the travel of particles, providing sufficient time for internal ultraviolet light to inactivate them.
  • The remaining particles, now inactivated, move through a medical-grade HEPA filter to trap them from returning to the air.
  • This technology provides a pathogen elimination rate of 99%.
How much space does Illuvia need?
  • Illuvia is engineered for the smallest possible environmental impact.
  • Footprint: 18” x 18”
Is Illuvia loud?
  • Illuvia makes a consistent white noise-like sound.
  • Decibel level <65 dBA, comparable to the noise of an anesthesia ventilator.
  • The noise produced from 450 CFM of unit air movement is quite small compared to 2000 CFM, typically originating from overhead air ducts.
Is Illuvia a UV robot?
  • Illuvia is not a UV robot; it is a nonturbulent ultraclean surgical air system.
  • UV robots perform one-time disinfection of unoccupied room surfaces. Once the room is occupied again, it becomes re-contaminated. Illuvia performs continuous air sanitization in occupied rooms.
Does Illuvia Affect Airflow or Positive Pressure?
  • Illuvia is specifically designed for use in the operating room. It is nonturbulent.
  • Illuvia has a one-to-one air ratio, meaning the same amount of air that goes in comes out. It does not affect airflow.
  • The device is placed so it does not block wall ducts.
  • The device moves at high volume but low velocity and is designed to not disrupt airflow near the patient.
Is there a warranty?
  • Yes, Illuvia is warranted to be free of defects in material, manufacture, and design for a period of three years.
How safe are UVGI (ultraviolet germicidal irradiation) products?

Unlike many UVGI products currently available, Illuvia uses shielded ultraviolet light (lamps contained within the units), so there is no exposure of ultraviolet light to people. Therefore, our products are safe to use in occupied spaces, and there is no ozone exposure.

UVGI lamps have been used for many decades in the healthcare industry.
UVC treatment is a proven method for sanitizing air, water, and nonporous surfaces.

What do regulatory organizations say about using HEPA and UVGI to combat SARS-CoV-2?

The American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) says:
“Install filters that are able to remove aerosol and droplets, such as HEPA filters. Consideration should be given to the use of portable HEPA filter systems that can remove viral particles from the operating room air without converting to a negative pressure environment.”1

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommends:

  • Use portable, free-standing high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters.
  • Use UVGI.
  • Only use air cleaners for which evidence of effectiveness and safety is clear. For more information from ASHRAE on the benefits of HEPA and UVGI, refer to the Position Document on Infectious Aerosols (October 13, 2022).

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recommends:

Has Illuvia been tested for effectiveness?

Yes, this technology has been tested by independent laboratories RTI, NIOHIM, and Battelle Institute. It has been tested with MS2, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and SARS-CoV-2. For test documents, please contact info@aerobiotix.com.

Many peer-reviewed studies and whitepapers also show the product’s efficacy. See our Data + Studies page for more information.

What are the maintenance needs of Illuvia?
  • Cleaning: Wipe down exterior of the unit with an EPA-registered disinfectant.
  • Pre-filter Cartridge Replacement:
    • Daily
  • HEPA Filter Replacement/UV Lamp Replacement:
    • Performed by Aerobiotix representative.

References:
1. Parvizi J, Gehrke T, Krueger CA, et al. Resuming Elective Orthopaedic Surgery During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidelines Developed by the International Consensus Group (ICM). Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 2020;102(14):1205- 1212.

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