(05-31-2015 05:07 PM)Adoniscmj Wrote: I really appreciate the response, I have been cooling the hose by putting it into a cooler full of ice. The air from the machine even at room temp. is just to warm for me. I have anxiety attacks from it because it doesn't seem like I am breathing if the air is warm and humid. I didn't want to use the air conditioner yet as it isn't that hot here yet. As far as the mask, I was given the machine and the mask. Then released to go and try it. The DME didn't take any time to show me any options but they did stress to me the importance of compliance. Ok, if they are so worried about compliance you would think they would take the time to show me some options. I will call my doctor monday and see what he wants me to do but He is about as useless as the DME.
The moisture in your hose is the result of immersing the hose in an ice chest. This cools the hose liner causing moisture to condense and accumulate in the breathing line. If we can change the configuration slightly, I think we can solve your problem, while still delivering cold air. You need to somehow deliver cold air to the CPAP air intake, not cool the air after the CPAP, essentially creating a condenser.
One option was previously suggested, to actually duct from your HVAC, air conditioned air. That has the disadvantage that your air conditioning system will cycle through the night.
If you could create two holes in your cooler, one for intake air, and one to duct air to your CPAP, you could use it as a pre-chiller. The air would be delivered cooler to you, and would not be chilled to the condensation point in the hose. You need to make the holes above the melted water line, and you need to duct the chilled air to the intake of your CPAP using as short a section of hose or duct as possible. You will need to fashion an intake adapter for the CPAP so that you can attach the chilled air line.
Alternatively, you could put your CPAP into a mini refrigerator as long as you also cut a hole for your hose and power. If those holes are not sealed, they will also serve as the intake vent. Think of a Kegerator. These are very easy to modify because they have a hole for the beer faucet tower on the top. Place your CPAP on the bottom and bringing the hose through the tower fitting without the tower. Enough air will enter the refrigerator past your CPAP hose, and will pass through the entire refrigerator area to the CPAP intake, where the chilled air will be delivered up the hose to you. The refrigeration coils are very easily seen, and you can cut holes everywhere but through the coolant panel in the back.
Let me know if you need pictures. Home Depot sells a Kegerator for under $300 that would work, or any mini-fridge for slightly over $100 where you can see the coolant panel and not cut it would work. Hey, if you fail at CPAP, at least you could have cold beer, and it will double as a night stand. Water will not condense in your hose since it will be slightly warmer going towards the mask, rather than being chilled.