Every few months, we try to gather useful tidbits of information from our customer service staff that might be helpful for beginner-to-expert level CPAP users. A combination of frequently asked questions that we hear on the phone and live chat and instruction guides, the tips are then posted on our blog.
Our newest group of helpful tips include info on traveling with your CPAP, cleaning methods, CPAP and allergies, mask sizing, and how to adjust to living with your CPAP. Read all of our helpful tips below:
"Traveling with your CPAP Machine - 1. Always carry the CPAP machine as a carry on bag. 2. Make sure to carry an extension cord and the correct adapter plug . 3. Carry a 3-prong plug, and adapter that converts to a 2-prong plug. 4. Carry extra fuses for CPAP machine (if needed). 5. Keep a copy of CPAP prescription for any repairs or replacement parts. 6. With a humidification CPAP unit, have access to purified or distilled water. 7. If traveling by car, keep the CPAP mach... [More]
Often overlooked by CPAP users, a good and regular CPAP cleaning routine is an important part of any sleep therapy program. Ensuring that your supplies are kept sterile not only is a healthy choice (germs can hide and grow on almost any surface!), but it also is an economical one (CPAP supplies, especially delicate ones like your mask cushion, last longer if properly maintained). The world of CPAP cleaning options is a relatively new field. Many CPAP users used mild dish detergents and water to clean mask cushions, headgear and tubing (and many still do), but in the past few years, as education has increased about the importance of sterile supplies, the options for cleaning have increased too. Read more in our blog about keeping your supplies clean, including options like Citrus cleaning supplies, cleaning kits and brushes, sterilizing and drying devices, and other convenient options that allow you to do a thorough, but quick, cleaning job each day when you wake up!
Tip #1 - You can c... [More]
Sometimes it's just not practical or affordable to replace your entire CPAP mask. Many CPAP users don't realize that different parts of their mask can often be replaced to "refresh" it for longer use. CPAP masks, especially newer designs, often have just a few major components that need to be updated to make your mask like new again. And while we do believe that replacing your mask regularly is a key component of good sleep therapy, but we also want to be sensitive to the needs, budgetary and otherwise, of our customers.So, we've compiled a list of part of your mask that can often be replaced for general upkeep and maintenance. While every mask is different and has different replacement components, in general each mask has two types of replacement parts that are key in keep the mask fitting and working well:
Mask Cushion or Pillow - This mask component is probably the most sensitive and important component of your mask. Most cushions are made of delicate silicone that is gentle on the... [More]
Last year, around this time, we wrote a comprehensive guide to CPAP Equipment Maintenance. With thoughts of spring cleaning in the air once again, we wanted to revisit that topic, while focusing on one of the hardest parts to clean from your CPAP set-up – your tubing.
While one of the more important parts of your set-up, CPAP tubing is not a part that is easily or conveniently cleaned. And because of the fact that condensation from your humidifier can often settle in the tube during use, it does need some TLC to ensure that it, and your sleep therapy, are in top condition.
Two important cleaning options exist for CPAP tubing – CPAP Tubing Cleaner and a CPAP Tube Brush. The first tool is a solution that can be diluted into a soak for your CPAP tubing, ensuring that any bacteria on or inside the tube is eliminated. This also helps remove any dust that might collect on your tube. Another option to complete this type of full-soak cleaning is to use diluted household white ... [More]
Both new and experienced CPAP users alike may have some confusion as to the best way to clean and maintain their CPAP equipment. Each piece of equipment has different requirements and a different expected lifespan, or time to replacement. CPAP machines often have hard-to-find filters that can be easy to forget, and CPAP masks generally have very delicate cushions and components that require specific cleaning techniques. We’d like to offer some general tips and little-known facts about CPAP maintenance for our CPAP users.
Your CPAP Machine
Every CPAP machine has an expected lifespan of up to five years. Some users will find their machine lasts much longer than that, and some may have machine issues that crop up before that time. Remember, if your machine stops working properly during your first year of ownership, it should still be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
Each CPAP machine has a machine-specific filter (or filters) that should be changed regularly. Each fil... [More]