Simple steps that will dramatically improve CPAP efficiency and longevity
CPAP therapy is a daily routine, and maintaining your CPAP equipment is essential in order for it to function properly and effectively. The good news is that maintaining your CPAP equipment is very easy! Just follow these simple steps to get the most out of your CPAP machine and accessories.
Keeping your CPAP machine clean and replacing the CPAP filters is generally the only maintenance required for your CPAP machine.
Filters: There are three types of filters for CPAP machines: foam, disposable, and bacteria.
- Foam Filters: Foam filters are reusable and can be gently washed using a mild detergent and then air-dried. It is recommended to replace filters once per month, or when they begin to show signs of wear and tear.
- Disposable Fine Filters: These filters cannot be cleaned and need to be disposed of and replaced generally every two weeks, or once they start to show signs of dirt and buildup.
- Bacteria Filters: These should be taken out and air-dried during the day. The entire bacteria filter including the housing is disposable. Check the housing of the filter and discard once signs of dirt and buildup start to emerge.
AG Industries manufactures foam and disposable fine replacement filters for almost all CPAP machines including those manufactured by Respironics®, ResMed®, DeVilbiss®, and Fisher & Paykel®. In addition, AG manufactures the AG7178 bacteria filter, which is compatible with most CPAP machines.
General CPAP Machine Care: In addition to changing your CPAP machine filters, it is also important to keep the exterior of your CPAP machine clean and free from dust and debris.
CPAP Mask & Accessories
CPAP Masks: Masks should be cleaned with mild soap in warm water as often as possible. In additional to washing, AG’s Respura™ CPAP Mask Wipes are 100% pure cotton and safe and effective for everyday use. AG also offers its Respura™ CPAP Mask Care Stand, ideal for cleaning and drying, while protecting your mask from dirt and debris while not in use.
CPAP Cushions and Nasal Pillows: The life span of CPAP cushions and nasal pillows vary on the amount of care and cleaning, but on average last between 1-3 months. For optimum comfort, try AG’s Respura™ CPAP Boomerang Gel Pad nasal cushions.
CPAP Headgear: Headgear is recommended to be cleaned on a weekly basis by soaking in warm soapy water. AG carries a full line of ergonomic headgear in a variety of styles and sizes.
CPAP tubing should be cleaned daily and replaced every three months. AG offers its Respura™ CPAP Tube Cleaning Hanger. Simply rinse, soak, and dry.
CPAP humidifiers are recommended to be cleaned as often as possible using distilled water and mild soap. Any unused water should be discarded daily. It is recommended that humidifiers be replaced on average every 1-3 years.
For further information on our CPAP masks, accessories, and replacement supplies, please visit our ecommerce store or AGIndustries.com. Instructional product videos can be found on our YouTube channel.
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