My cpap machine just pooped out so I am exploring my options.
Can anyone enlighten me about heated tubing or hose's. I can grasp right away the advantages, but to anything there are always downsides too.
My first thought is it is subject to failure far more often then just a plain hose. If the lifespan is short, this would get expensive in a hurry.
If you have a heated hose can you switch back to regular hose or is the fitting different? My thinking being that the heated hose would be far more useful in winter but not so much when normal humidity is up.
Anyway I can use the wise advise of this board. Newbie to this board but I have been on cpap for over a decade.
SteveBreeze, welcome, I live I Australia and we don't get the luxury of changing equipment as often as the guy's in the US do, I have had my heated hose for over 2 years and it is still going strong, in fact I have all my equipment since I started and are just looking at changing the filter and maybe the cushion on my mask, so they do last. Most of the companies tell you they don't last because they want you to replaced them. All you have to do is make sure you look after your equipment. I got a non heated hose with mine as well as a heated but have never needed to use it, hope that helps.
I have the heated hose on the S9 but I'm wasting it. I have the temps set at 74 and my room temp is 79.
Never had a heated hose on the S8 and never knew the difference. Never ever had condensation in the old hose. Some folks in colder climes have overnight temps that are lower and condensation makes sense to me in those cases. But I've also heard folks that have had that problem were able to solve it with a lo-tech and much cheaper solution - wrapped their hoses.
Use the S9 without humidification while traveling and of course no heated hose then and no difference for short term use.