In order to enjoy quality CPAP therapy at all times, you need to replace certain parts of your device at regular intervals. Your manufacturer will mention in the instruction manual when it is time to replace air filters or the silicone cushions of your mask. If you continue using your device without making the necessary replacements in time, your machine will deteriorate much quicker. There are different CPAP supplies available online that you can purchase, and these will help you maintain your device clean and well working for many years to come.
Your CPAP unit will run more efficiently if you replace the air filters at regular intervals. The filter of a CPAP helps to capture all the pollen, dust, dirt particles and even contaminated air that will facilitate the transmission of diseases. The role of the air filter is to capture the dust particles which would otherwise collect inside your machine and ultimately enter the tubing system and then you would breathe in these harmful particles.
You need to carefully check the make and model of your CPAP and search accordingly for the compatible air filter. Online you will find a wide assortment of CPAP machine filters for all brands of devices such as ResMed, Philips Respironics, DeVilbiss Healthcare, Fisher & Paykel and many more.
The Tubing system of your unit is the part that will carry the purified oxygen from the main device to the mask. If your tubing is worn out the air will not be transported efficiently. Again, you should carefully check the exact make/model of your device and then search for a compatible tubing to replace the old one. Some manufacturers advise that tubing should be replaced every three months, while others recommend replacing it at 6 months. However, you should carefully inspect your tubing at least once a week to see if there are any signs of wear and tear which would indicate that you need a new tubing system.
The humidifier will help you enjoy air therapy at comfortable temperatures and moisture levels. Without a humidifier, you may struggle with a dry mouth or irritated nasal passages. The role of the humidifier is to enhance the overall comfort of your therapy. Therefore, if your CPAP device does not come with an integrated humidifier you can add an external unit which will help you enjoy better quality therapy.
In order to maximize the life of your water chamber and reduce the risk of mineral deposits inside the humidifier, you should use distilled water at all times. Also, it is highly recommended to wash your water chamber in lukewarm water and allow it to air dry (away from heat/ direct sunlight)
Patients who sleep with their mouth open will find a chin strap extremely beneficial. These straps are made of elastic, soft and extremely comfortable materials. The chinstrap typically attaches to the top straps of your CPAP mask headgear. After you will put on your mask and headgear, you can connect the chinstrap to the headgear as instructed by the manufacturer. The chin strap will help to keep your lower jaw in closed position, so that you will enjoy quality air therapy without any jaw drops (opening your mouth) during sleep.CPAP Cleaning Supplies
It is extremely important to maintain your CPAP equipment clean and disinfected at all times. When you neglect cleaning of your CPAP device and accessories, certain infections/diseases and other unpleasant complications can occur. Pay particular attention to cleaning your mask (even the smallest parts) and replace your cushions regularly.
You will find plenty of cleaning and sanitizing machines online which are designated for the quick and easy disinfection of your CPAP accessories. For example, SoClean 2 Sanitizing machine is an extremely popular choice among CPAP users. You just need to put your mask into the machine and then allow it to complete the sanitation cycle. The greatest benefits of using a sanitation machine:
Other highly popular CPAP cleaners include the VirtuClean CPAP Mask cleaner and sanitizer or the Lumin Accessories Cleaner which uses UV light to kill 99.9% off all bacteria and viruses.
Besides the automated cleaning machines, you should also use regularly the professional CPAP mask cleaner wipes. They provide a safe and effective way to quickly sanitize your device and accessories, even while you are traveling for example. These wipes are hypoallergenic and generally made of 100% pure cotton. They are alcohol and Latex free and they can be used to effectively remove grease, dirt or oils from the surface of your CPAP accessories.