Time For Something New November 18 2019
| It is important to replace your CPAP Machine every 3-7 years. I’m looking at you, people who still use a Sullivan/ResMed S5 Series CPAP & VPAP Machines.
It’s also important to replace your mask, cushions, headgear, filters, etc. They may not look like they need to be replaced and they might still be working fine but you should replace your CPAP Equipment like you would replace any health product, like a tooth brush. Dentists recommend you replace your toothbrush every 3 months. And you should replace you CPAP equipment to make sure your machine is as clean, effective, and comfortable as possible.
Not all of your CPAP equipment should be replaced at the same time. The machine itself can last up to 3-7 years. But equipment like the filters should be replaced every 2 weeks. CPAP Filters make sure the air that you breathe though the machine is clean and isn’t filled with pet hair or dust, but if you are in an environment where it’s particularly humid or dusty; your filter is not going to last long. Just to clear, this is referring to Disposable CPAP Filters. Please, do not throw way your non-disposable filters away after 2 weeks. For the non-disposable, they need to be to be hand washed weekly with mild dish soap and then air dried.
| You should replace you mask and tubing every 3 months. If you find that you’re experiencing leaks in your CPAP Mask, a lot of them, it’s time for a new one. Same goes with the CPAP Tubing which over time might develop small tears between the coils. Tears or leaks in your equipment can lower the prescribed pressure setting. How often you should change your CPAP Cushions/Pillows is based on what type of mask you have. If you have a Nasal Mask, it’s best to replace the cushion/pillow twice a month. For a Full Face Mask it’s best to replace it once a month.
Headgear and Chin Straps should be replaced every 6 months. Headgear may become starched over time causing you to tighten it so it will seal properly, which can cause discomfort.
|We also recommend you replace the Humidifier Water Chamber every 6 months. You should also remove your water chamber from your CPAP machine when filling it with water. And remember to use distilled water and replace the water every day and clean it well once a week. Having a dry nose and throat is bad, but do you know what’s worse; breathing in mold. Do NOT uses bleach to Clean your water chamber, or any of your CPAP equipment; uses vinegar, because it kills most mold, bacteria, and germs. A good way to get rid of the smell of vinegar, so you don’t have to smell that all night, is to use Johnson's Baby Shampoo.|