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Heated Tubing - awesome/troublesome/useless/???
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I've seen that some machines offer heated tubing, and was wondering if anybody had any experience with them.

During the winter, my bedroom gets quite chilly and my old machine would condense water into the tube at a tremendous rate if I set the humidity too high.

However, due to allergies & thick nasal mucous, I'd like to have as much humidity as I can get without condensation.

Would I be better off with a heated tube, a non heated tube and insulation, or one of the machines that adjusts the humidifier to remain non-condensing at the current ambient temperature.

Any suggestions?



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#2
Hi tcarmen,
I use the heated tube (Resmed ClimateLine,) and I like it because it prevents rainout.
Hang in there for more answers to your question.
trish6hundred
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#3
Hi tcarmen

Welcolme...

I have a heated hose that I use on the (few) colder nights that we have. (Well its cold for us Queenslanders when the temp drops below 5º Celcius)

Where I live the humidity gets very low in the middle of winter (<20%) so I crank the humidifier up a bit. That led to 'rain-out' or condensation in the hose and mask when the air temp was 10ºC or below. The heated hose stopped that.

I don't use the heated hose in summer - and often if the humidity is up above about 70% I don't use the humidifier at all.

To answer the question about a machine that controls the humidity - I think that it may not actually manage too well if your aim is to err on the high side with your humidity to help with the congestion. The Heated hose and a hose cover could be enough.

Cheers

David

ps
5ºC = 41ºF
10ºC = 50ºF
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#4
If you are having condensation issues, then heated tubing is a good solution (but some insurances don't pay for heated hoses). I use a heated hose for most of the year (but generally don't use humidifier in the summer so no heated hose then).

1) Do you have a machine that supports a heated hose
2) Are you in one of the insurances that pays for a heated hose (your DME should know this).

If my insurance didn't pay for a heated hose I would still buy one per year.

If that isn't an option, then a tubing wrap is the next best thing.
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(05-19-2014, 08:05 AM)jaycee Wrote: 1) Do you have a machine that supports a heated hose
2) Are you in one of the insurances that pays for a heated hose (your DME should know this).

Those are really good questions.

I'll find out tomorrow when I go to pick up the new machine. 8-)

So if I can get a heated hose, it's nice to have?

Terry

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(05-19-2014, 10:16 AM)tcarmen Wrote:
(05-19-2014, 08:05 AM)jaycee Wrote: 1) Do you have a machine that supports a heated hose
2) Are you in one of the insurances that pays for a heated hose (your DME should know this).

Those are really good questions.

I'll find out tomorrow when I go to pick up the new machine. 8-)

So if I can get a heated hose, it's nice to have?

Terry
Hi tcarmen,
The heated hose is a nice thing to have to prevent rainout; but if your insurance won't cover it, a tube wrap will work.
Good luck to you.
trish6hundred
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(05-18-2014, 06:53 PM)tcarmen Wrote: Would I be better off with a heated tube, a non heated tube and insulation, or one of the machines that adjusts the humidifier to remain non-condensing at the current ambient temperature.

Any suggestions?
ResMed S9, Phillips Respironcis System One 60 series, and Fisher Paykel Icon comes with the heated hose option

I use the heated hose all year around , the climate control on Auto mode take care of all of that and prevent rainout regardless of temp setting, sort of set and forget

You also want CPAP machine report efficacy data so when time comes for the doctor followup, the doctor have something useful to monitor other than how many hours used the machine each night

Here is wiki about machines choices http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...ne_Choices

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#8
I have used a thick insulated hose cover for nearly 10 years now. (Cost maybe $15. from one of the on-line suppliers) The one I have is made from nylon fabric well insulated with fill like a winter jacket. Since I got it, I have no rainout, and I do keep my bedroom quite cool during winter months. I use just a standard spiral reinforced 22 mm hose inside the sleeved cover, and so far as I am personally concerned I have no need for a heated hose, or a moisture sensor, etc.

TheDuke
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#9
Why fix it if it ain't broke.
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#10
I'm not sure how valuable a heated hose is when there are good alternatives. Perhaps the easiest is having ur machine lower then ur mattress and making sure u have ur his oriented so that any rainout drains back to ur humidifier chamber. Even if u do not use the humidifier the chamber can act as a reservoir for any rainout. Having said all that, I gave a climate line hose with my S9 and humidifier. It seems to work great but our local humidity and air temps are so high that I'm not sure how much it actually contributes.
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