So, you have purchased the CPAP machine to relieve yourself of the symptoms of sleep apnea. Your decision to do so is a very commendable one considering that your health is at stake, not to mention the benefits it will provide to your bedmates who have long been suffering from your excessively loud snoring and restless tossing and turning around in bed.
With that said, it is also important to know the CPAP accessories that come with the machine. You will soon realize that without the accessories, the machine is only half as good.
As the name implies, the filter ensures that the air being fed through the hose is free from dust, dirt, and other possible contaminants. That way, you inhale clean air while you sleep, maybe even cleaner than the air you breathe during the day. In many ways, the filter is one of the most important CPAP accessories in the system and, hence, must be attended to on a regular basis.
Depending on the model, you should replace the filter every 30-60 days. It is important to read the instructions manual on how to replace the filter as it can be a sensitive piece of the machine.
Most of the CPAP machines use a two-stage air filtration system, which is divided into black and white filters. On one hand, the black filter removes large debris and pollen from the air, which can be washed once weekly and replaced every 6 months. On the other hand, the white filter removes the smaller debris from the air, which should be replaced once every 2 weeks.
Another important CPAP accessory is the humidifier. You can choose from either the built-in, integrated or standalone types.
The built-in humidifier cannot be separated from the machine while the integrated humidifier fits directly into the machine. The standalone humidifier will work with any CPAP machine and, as such, eliminates the need for a second power cord although a short hose is necessary to connect it to the CPAP machine.
You will need your CPAP machine even when on travel. For this purpose, you will need battery packs, which are sold as separate CPAP accessories. Think of them as your ticket to freedom, so to speak.
Most battery packs are made of premium grade lithium-ion cells and aluminum alloy scratch-resistant shell. Overheating is not an issue in the built-in circuitry is designed so as to prevent it from happening.
Don’t forget the cleaning supplies either. This way, you can keep your CPAP equipment clean and, hence, extend the life of the accessories. Well, of course, there is also the matter of the CPAP accessories coming into contact with your air passageways. Surely, you do not want anything dirty near your nose especially when one considers the pollution that we all must live with?
Indeed, when purchasing the lifesaving machine that the CPAP is, don’t forget the all-important CPAP accessories in the equation. You will find that these accessories make for a more complete experience, in a manner of speaking.
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2 thoughts on “Introduction to CPAP Accessories: What You Must Know”
Thanks for this clear, easy to understand. It helped a lot.
Yeah! I just did my CPAP study last night, and was concerned. I am now very comfortable choosing what is right. Thanks very much appreciate the information you have posted.