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Any CPAP users that don't use humidifiers. To use or not?
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(12-30-2013, 09:45 PM)zonk Wrote:
(12-30-2013, 09:26 PM)Gabby Wrote: I am about to start using a Resmed S9 machine and I was told by a nurse at the sleep clinic and a lady on the telephone from a Sleep Disorders Group, that I didn't need a humidifier.
She cannot tell you such thing, everyone is different and every nose is different

Other people preference is not relevant to you at all, get the humidifier and experiment with different settings, basically its matter of trial and error to find your optimum setting but that also can vary from night to night and season to season

If you decided on the humidifier, check suppliers #2 and # 10, both have no problem shipping outside US and very popular among Aussies CPAP users. Supplier #10 also sell mask parts and other accessories, usually I get a year supplies to save on shipping costs

Zonk, thanks for printing the stats and I will probably go with the flow.
Thanks for the links. I know I have to get the humidifier and the Climateline heated hose, both sold separately, so I will see how much they are on your links and see what the difference is in Aust., which I am sure is going to be considerable. Meanwhile, could you please tell me what are all these mask parts and other accessories that I will be looking at buying on a regular basis?
Sleep Tight...
Gabby
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If the air in your bedroom is not dry, you'll not have to rely on the humidifier as much.

If you live in a warm humid climate like I do, you likely have air conditioning. Air conditioners remove a lot of moisture from the air.

In the winter time our air gets much drier and we run a humidifier in the bedroom. It helps with my wife's cough and snoring, which in turn helps me get a better night's sleep. Smile

By the way, almost everyone who has a CPAP machine has a humidifier for it.
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Like the others have said, it's more of a personal thing. For a supplier or RT to say you won't need one is kinda odd. Unless you live in the tropics where the air is humid year round (so humid it drips), then you will need a humidifier.

Some people don't. The Grand Poobah of ApneaBoard (SuperSleeper) doesn't use one.

I live in the US South and only use it in the winter when we have the wood heat on which makes the air very dry. For example, right now my home office is 30% humidity. In the summer, I put water in the tub but do not turn on the heat. This is called "passover" or "passive" humidification.

The Climateline hose is to prevent "rainout". Rainout is when the air in the hose is warmer than the air in the room so the water condenses inside the hose. It will then settle in a low spot and start making an obnoxious noise. If your bedroom is warm, then you may not need one.
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Gabby, because Queenslands humidity is very high, maybe try without it for a start and see how you go, in Victoria, we have a dry heat so we proabably need one more, I friend of mine who is in a similar position to you financially, has tried the Elite without the humidifier and say it is fine. He started without it so doesnt know any different, I started with it so probably would feel a difference if I discontinued using mine.

Just on all the parts you will need, in Australia, because equipment is so expensive we normally make it last.
If you clean your equipment you should get 2-3 years out of most parts.
In the US, they get their equipment for free and change regularly.
My first mask and parts last 2.5 years and I only changed because a new model came out and I wanted to try it.
I have had my hose for coming you to 3 years.
Wwe can give you more cleaning tips when you get your equipment.
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(12-31-2013, 01:16 AM)Tez62 Wrote: Gabby, because Queenslands humidity is very high, maybe try without it for a start and see how you go, in Victoria, we have a dry heat so we proabably need one more, I friend of mine who is in a similar position to you financially, has tried the Elite without the humidifier and say it is fine. He started without it so doesnt know any different, I started with it so probably would feel a difference if I discontinued using mine.

Just on all the parts you will need, in Australia, because equipment is so expensive we normally make it last.
If you clean your equipment you should get 2-3 years out of most parts.
In the US, they get their equipment for free and change regularly.
My first mask and parts last 2.5 years and I only changed because a new model came out and I wanted to try it.
I have had my hose for coming you to 3 years.
Wwe can give you more cleaning tips when you get your equipment.

Most of us in the US don't get our equipment and supplies free.
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Sorry I worded that badly, Gabby doesn't have any insurance and people here with insurance only get 20% back on their CPAP and nothing on equipment, my understanding is people in the US with insurance get regular replacements of equipment, sorry for wording incorrectly.
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(12-30-2013, 10:52 PM)Gabby Wrote: Meanwhile, could you please tell me what are all these mask parts and other accessories that I will be looking at buying on a regular basis?
I've been using the same mask for almost 3 years, some cannot wait to try a new mask as soon as hit the shelf

I replace mask cushion on regular basis about 3 months tops, I know the time to change it when start to leak into my eyes. I wash mask each day which helps keep it clean and wash away skin oil. The other parts ... headgear, chinstrap, hoses, water tank, filters
I like to have spares, it cost me less than dollar a day, its a bargain considering about $4 cost of a cup coffee
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(12-31-2013, 03:48 AM)zonk Wrote:
(12-30-2013, 10:52 PM)Gabby Wrote: Meanwhile, could you please tell me what are all these mask parts and other accessories that I will be looking at buying on a regular basis?
I've been using the same mask for almost 3 years, some cannot wait to try a new mask as soon as hit the shelf

I replace mask cushion on regular basis about 3 months tops, I know the time to change it when start to leak into my eyes. I wash mask each day which helps keep it clean and wash away skin oil. The other parts ... headgear, chinstrap, hoses, water tank, filters
I like to have spares, it cost me less than dollar a day, its a bargain considering about $4 cost of a cup coffee
Oh my goodness, I can see this is only the beginning. I have so much to learn about it all.Oh-jeez
I have found a heated Climateline hose on eBay for $50 and $12 shipping from U.S., so am happy with that price. Also looks like I have sourced the Humidifier from there as well for about the same price as #10 supplier. I am great at finding a bargain on eBay, and feel at home there.
Sleep Tight...
Gabby
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(12-31-2013, 01:16 AM)Tez62 Wrote: Gabby, because Queenslands humidity is very high, maybe try without it for a start and see how you go, in Victoria, we have a dry heat so we proabably need one more, I friend of mine who is in a similar position to you financially, has tried the Elite without the humidifier and say it is fine. He started without it so doesnt know any different, I started with it so probably would feel a difference if I discontinued using mine.

Just on all the parts you will need, in Australia, because equipment is so expensive we normally make it last.
If you clean your equipment you should get 2-3 years out of most parts.
In the US, they get their equipment for free and change regularly.
My first mask and parts last 2.5 years and I only changed because a new model came out and I wanted to try it.
I have had my hose for coming you to 3 years.
Wwe can give you more cleaning tips when you get your equipment.

Cheers Tez, I see I have it all in front of me. I have been doing my homework and have found some good deals on my humidifier and hose, so am already to purchase. Maybe the nurse at the sleep clinic meant I didn't need the machine because of our humidity up here, I don't know why she said it, but she definitely said the humidifiers weren't necessary. So I just thought well if it is one less piece of equipment that I don't have to be mucking around with, fare enough. Then I noticed here that everyone uses them.
I really appreciate you explaining the way we do things over here to the overseas posters for me, you and Zonk, thanks very much for that.
Happy New Year to you and yours!
Sleep Tight...
Gabby
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#20
(12-31-2013, 12:43 AM)PaulaO2 Wrote: Like the others have said, it's more of a personal thing. For a supplier or RT to say you won't need one is kinda odd. Unless you live in the tropics where the air is humid year round (so humid it drips), then you will need a humidifier.

Some people don't. The Grand Poobah of ApneaBoard (SuperSleeper) doesn't use one.

I live in the US South and only use it in the winter when we have the wood heat on which makes the air very dry. For example, right now my home office is 30% humidity. In the summer, I put water in the tub but do not turn on the heat. This is called "passover" or "passive" humidification.

The Climateline hose is to prevent "rainout". Rainout is when the air in the hose is warmer than the air in the room so the water condenses inside the hose. It will then settle in a low spot and start making an obnoxious noise. If your bedroom is warm, then you may not need one.
Paula, thank you very much for your advice. I think I have all but decided I will be getting the humidifier. Where I live it does get very humid in January, February, but the rest of the year it is not too bad, definitely not dripping.
Everyone has been very good advising me and I have taken everyone's advice on board. I am going ahead and purchasing all that is needed, after all it is all for my comfort and to make my life as comfortable as possible.
Sleep Tight...
Gabby
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