Just started with Cpap Dec. 31, and getting a lot of great info here--txs! I just found out that I'll be getting an oxygen concentrator to go w/my AirSense 10 Auto.
Any thoughts on renting vs buying? (My insurance is not great, so I may be doing this out of pocket). Any tips about using this gadget? TIA!
I bought mine. I decided on the Respironics Everflo with OPI. Running strong after 6 years with only an simple intake filer change annually.
As for rental, the machine they wanted to rent me was too big; and they wanted to come out every month and "service it."
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I had justMongo's model briefly, as temporary therapy while I was jumping through the hoops to get a CPAP. I have no experience with other models and thus no basis for comparison, but I found the unit to be bulky and loud. It sounds like you have an iron lung in your bedroom. I got around this by getting an extremely long breathing tube and putting it a couple of rooms away, but we could still hear it.
I was renting it for about $10/month through my 90/10 PPO, and I believe they are comparable in cost to CPAPs, with the unit pictured being around $895. If this will be a long-term piece of equipment you might consider purchasing, but it depends on the rental cost, obviously. The nice thing about rentals is that when they fail, you just get a new one. If you purchase it outright, you'll be subject to paying for repairs once you pass the warranty period, unless you purchase an extended service plan.