I think the porous argument is taken from the standpoint of if there are any bacteria left in the boiled water that it could live in the plastic and cause infection problems. It' slide the plastic cutting board thing with the knife grooves. It's a long shot of that ever happening, but I get the docs argument. Anywho, welcome to the board, and good luck with your therapy!!
When I stop and think what I used to do, it horrifies me. Remember I need some boiled water, ah, some in the kettle (not sure when it was boiled, kettle is cold), pour into jug, leave jug on kitchen window sill (could be there all day) take up stairs when going to bed (could be many hours) then fill humidifier, yuk!!!
I think what he was saying was plastic is / can be porous, not such that it leaks, so if you fill with unclean water i.e. potentially, what I was using, you can introduce things you certainly don't want in your lungs.
I don't need a source of sterile water as I said in my original post I have a repeat prescription for 20 bottles every two months and as I don't pay for them my water is free.
If you clean your tank on a regular basis this should make no difference. You are not drinking the water out of the humidity tank. The reason why mfg's recommend distilled water is so you don't get build up in the tanks from minerals and they stay cleaner. Other than that, it makes no difference.
When used in a CPAP machine, water is heated in the tank (not boiled) and the air that passes over the tank collects water due to the air being warmer (it can hold more moisture) and transports it to you in the form of water molecules much too small to pass contaminates. Any contaminates are left in the tank.
Any clean drinkable water should be fine, better with with no minerals in it.
In the US, getting a gallon of distilled water is trivial and inexpensive.
WELCOME! to the forum.!
It's great to hear that you are having better results with your mew machine.
I use distilled water in my humidifier chamber and it works well for me.
Hang in there for more responses to your post and much success to you with your CPAP therapy.
05-12-2015, 03:17 PM
(This post was last modified: 05-12-2015, 03:19 PM by OMyMyOHellYes.)
Nah. They are full of basura.
The plastics don't absorb bad stuff from the water. At least not from clean drinking water in locations with reliably safe drinking water. I generally do not worry about drinking water in the US or the UK. I think it's up to western standards. And if you don't get sick from drinking it, you are not going to get sick from smelling it.
Note also that Respironics says the water chambers are dishwasher safe and the dishwashers use straight tap water.
Worst case, the water may have minerals that would cause an accretion in the tank over time. And if so, a new tank can be had for around $20-25 (15 pounds sterling?) I used straight tap water in my S-8 and would get some cloudy deposits on the plastic, but like I said that was mineral accretion. I use distilled water in my Respironics 560 and did so in my S-9 and the water chambers were virtually maintenance free.
But if it's free and you are comfortable with that, cool. Just don't let them blow nonsense up your skirt (or kilt to my Scot family members).