One of the most important steps in maintaining effective sleep apnea therapy is to replace those parts of your equipment that need to be replaced on a regular basis.  Most of the components of your sleep therapy equipment and supplies are designed to be disposable and not to be used past their recommended life span.

 

Below is our recommended time frame to replace specific parts of your sleep apnea equipment.

Component

Suggested Schedule

Advice

Disposable Filter

 

Monthly

 

•  Device filters wear out or may become clogged and will no longer protect from dust, pet fur, or bacteria.

Non Disposable Filters

 

Every 3 Months

 

• Non disposable filters can be easily cleaned but have a lifetime period of 3 months before needing to be replaced.  Ensure your CPAP equipment is working at peak efficiency by regularly inspecting the filters.

Nasal Cushion and Pillows

 

Every 3 Months

 

• Mask cushions may deteriorate over time through regular use which can compromise fit.  Worn out cushions can lead to discomfort and less effective therapy.

Full Face Cushions

 

Every 3 Months

 

• Cushions breakdown and will eventually lose their seal.  Cleaning your mask regularly will increase the life of the cushion.

Headgear

 

Every 6 Months

 

• Headgear will become stretched and lose elasticity.  Over tightening can lead to discomfort which indicates the appropriate time to replace CPAP equipment.

Chinstraps

 

Every 6 Months

 

• Chinstraps over time will become stretched out and ineffective.  Over tightening can lead to discomfort and red marks around the face which indicates the appropriate time to replace CPAP equipment.

Tubing

 

Every 6 Months

 

• Tubing can develop small holes or tears which may cause air leaks preventing CPAP therapy.

Humidifier Water Chambers

 

Every 6 Months

 

• Humidifier water chambers may become discolored, cracked, or cloudy.  As the material deteriorates, cracks may trap bacteria from moisture.

 

 

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CPAP Cleaning and Care Tips:

•  Do NOT use alcohol to clean your CPAP mask as it will limit performance and break down the cushion material.

• Do NOT use any harsh soaps or cleaners containing fragrances due to the residue left behind by these products.

• After cleaning, rinse your mask thoroughly to guarantee no detergent or soap residue remains.

• Headgear can be washed as well but must be air dried.

• Do NOT use bleach or any other harmful chemicals on headgear.

• Washing your face before wearing the mask can help prevent facial oils from contacting the cushion.

• Check CPAP filters weekly to verify a clean filter that will eliminate bacteria.

• Increase the lifetime of your water chamber by using distilled water and emptying the chamber each morning.

 

Please visit out CPAP comfort and cleaning page to view products that will help keep your CPAP equipment in great condition.

 

Your CPAP mask, headgear, and tubing are essential to the success of your CPAP therapy.  Keeping these items in excellent functioning condition and replacing the parts when necessary will mitigate the effects of sleep apnea.