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Bacteria/Viral Filter & Humidifier
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archangle Offline
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Machine: ResMed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Swift FX
Humidifier: ResMed S9 H5i
CPAP Pressure: 16-20
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead EncoreBasic

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Post: #11
RE: Bacteria/Viral Filter & Humidifier
A few things I consider it important to point out:

1) Your CPAP machine doesn't magically manufacture dust or pollutants. The concentration of dust, pollution, chemicals, etc. in the air coming out of the CPAP will be no higher than the air going in the back, that you're breathing for the other 16 hours of the day. The filter is mostly there to protect the machine itself by keeping dust from getting into the blower.

- There will be a small amount of manufacturing residue with a new CPAP. There will not be much of this, and it will reduce quickly as you use it.

2) A CPAP is not a good environment to grow germs, other than the water tank. There's nothing for the germs to feed on, so germs out will be no more than germs in. As long as you use distilled water (or fairly clean tap) and keep the tank clean, there's very little germ food in the water tank, and it won't grow there, either.

3) A dirty air filter on the input actually filters air better than a clean one. The filter material is still there blocking the dust, and the layer of dust on the first surface of the filter will also catch dust. You replace filters mostly because they create back pressure and make it harder to pump air through it.

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04-03-2016 01:48 PM
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Machine: s9 vpap auto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: p10
Humidifier: none
CPAP Pressure: 18/13+
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Location: Dallas(ish)

Post: #12
RE: Bacteria/Viral Filter & Humidifier
(04-03-2016 01:48 PM)archangle Wrote:  1) Your CPAP machine doesn't magically manufacture dust or pollutants. The concentration of dust, pollution, chemicals, etc. in the air coming out of the CPAP will be no higher than the air going in the back, that you're breathing for the other 16 hours of the day.

said like someone who doesn't suffer from allergies.


(04-03-2016 01:48 PM)archangle Wrote:  The filter is mostly there to protect the machine itself by keeping dust from getting into the blower.

yes, and the hypoallergenic filters are there mostly to keep allergens from getting into us.

this has been pointed out to you repeatedly, sir.
04-03-2016 06:07 PM
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archangle Offline
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Posts: 3,164
Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: ResMed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Swift FX
Humidifier: ResMed S9 H5i
CPAP Pressure: 16-20
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead EncoreBasic

Other Comments: Happy PAPper

Sex: Undisclosed
Location: USA

Post: #13
RE: Bacteria/Viral Filter & Humidifier
Sorry, not feeding the troll tonight.

Get the free SleepyHead software here.
Useful links.
Click here for information on the main alternative to CPAP.
If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check it yourself.
04-03-2016 10:51 PM
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