(01-25-2014, 06:21 PM)me50 Wrote:(01-25-2014, 06:15 PM)Bladskinner Wrote:(01-25-2014, 05:38 PM)me50 Wrote: the water that sits in the bottle in the store has not been cycled through a humidifier hose and it is recommended to dump the water and let the tank dry and refill it before using the cpap machine next.
Correct me if I'm wrong but the pan heats up the water to get vapor nothing is cycled. Air blows over the top and picks up the vapor on its way to the mask. I guess I need to go read instructions again.
if there is bacteria or nasty stuff in the water, it will get carried through the hose to the person connected to the other end of the hose. whatever is in the tub goes to the person on the other end of the mask and that is why the water level decreases with use (unless there is a problem with the humidifier). I just prefer not to take the chance of getting nasty stuff traveling through the hose, mask and into me.
I think that me50 prefers to be extremely cautious with respect to contaminants that may get into the water and that is fine. Actually, one is really more at risk from breathing the air in an airplane or at a shopping mall. I think it all boils down to personal preference.