10-02-2012, 02:39 PM
(This post was last modified: 10-02-2012, 02:40 PM by mikael26288.)
What are the guide lines for setting your CPAP humidifier so water doesn't build up in your mask hose?
My wife and I have had our CPAPs for a few months and never had that problem.
But my sister has only had her machine for a few weeks and she seems to get water in her hose pretty often. Even at her second sleep study, where they fitted her with a mask and she slept with a CPAP, she had water problems at first.
She has a PR REMstar Pro with a system one humidifier, and uses a Zest Q nasal mask.
I don't actually know what the rule of thumb is about the settings. I have heard it depends on your room temperature as to what the setting would be on the humidifier, if it is even being used.
Don't know how hot or cold her room gets, but I do know she must have a fan blowing on her when she sleeps. But we have a ceiling fan on most of the time in our room and still don't have the problem of water in the hoses.
Any ideas or advice will be a great help.
if the room is cold, the warm humidified air hits the colder room temp and cools and when air cools causes 'rain out'.
there are several ways to deal with rainout
1- use heated hose (if machine 60 series)
2- turn down humidity level
3- raise room temp
4- run the hose under bed covers to keep warm
5- use hose cover
[the idea to keep the hose warm thru the night]
6- place machine lower than bed
Hi mikael26288, Your sister could turn her humidity down a notch or two and maybe that would help, or, They also make tube covers that you put on the hose. Another variation on the tube covers, (and perhaps less expensive,) is if she has some old socks, she could cut the toe end out and sew a few of those together and make her own tube cover that way. Hang in there for more suggestions.