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FILTER BALONEY
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Does anyone know how to designate the difference between the "normal" filters for the AirSense (which look like they filter larger contaminants, but not the fine contaminants) and the so-called "hypoallergenic filters" which I have not seen?

Are there better solutions available for those who may have allergies or living in areas where airborne dust, pollen, and dander abound?

All I have been offered is some knock-off of a ResMed filter manufactured by some company I am unfamiliar with, AG Industries who appears to be making headgear and chinstraps to replace the real ResMed product for Apria customers.

I remember my S8 Elite filter which had a coarse foam-like front and a finer cloth-like back.

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Resmed makes a standard and hypoallergenic filter. You might search on Amazon for "resmed airsense hypoallergenic filter". For $7.47 you can get 10 of these with shipping and solve your problem for the next five years.
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On second look, those are not OEM. Should be fine, but OEM filters are not easy to source. Supplier #14 sells OEM hypoallergenic filters for $7.99/4-pack.
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Standard Resmed filters are the same fineness as the hypoallergenic filters made by AG Industries. The hypoallergenic Resmed filter is finer yet. I found improvement using EITHER the regular Resmed filters OR the hypoallergenic filters made by AG Industries. But, as mentioned, it's really hard to get those Resmed brand filters - the DMEs don't want to sell them because they get a lot more profit from the AG Industries ones.

The filter is primarily designed to protect the machine. In my experience with machines, the higher quality filters recommended by a manufacturer are worth every penny for extending the life of the machine.
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