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Aircurve Question
#1
Aircurve Question
I have been using an AirCurve for 18 months now, and have noticed my humidifier is using twice as much water as it used to? I have my level set at 4, and all my water is used in about 7 to 8 hours. Is this common, or is my machine going bad? Thanks for any expertise offered!
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#2
RE: Aircurve Question
It is probably just due to the colder weather. We run our heat systems and this tends to dry the air out. Do you happen to know the humidity level your bedroom is at? If it's on the dry side, this is likely the issue.
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RE: Aircurve Question
I agree. You could use a room humidifier and that would reduce the amount of water evaporated from the machine.
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RE: Aircurve Question
Not sure what the room humidity is? We run a heat pump here and the room temp is around 67 or 68 degrees...
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#5
RE: Aircurve Question
OK it may just be "it's winter" status. As mentioned by Sleeprider, if you want, you can add humidity from a room unit and it would likely lower PAP humidifier water use.
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RE: Aircurve Question
If you are using most of the water turn down the humidifier
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#7
RE: Aircurve Question
I'm not really worried about using the water @ .80/gal, as long as it doesn't indicate a problem with the unit itself... That I wouldn't want to have to replace!

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#8
RE: Aircurve Question
Even cheaper is use of tap water. Distilled is supposedly required, but a lot here on the Board just use tap. If the water is good enough to drink, it's good enough to go in the humidifier. Just rinse it out weekly and look for mineral build-up, but it'll be fine.
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RE: Aircurve Question
LOL I used tap water for the entire life cycle of my S8, but switched to distilled when I started with my S9, (and now with S10). Our water here is not really too hard, but I I'm worth it...  Big Grin
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