How to maintain the CPAP filters
The Importance of CPAP filters
If you don’t clean your CPAP machine regularly, dust, oils, and dead skin cells can build up on the interior, creating a breeding environment for bacteria, mildew, and germs, making you sick more frequently. The last thing you want to do if you have sleep apnea is bring microorganisms into your airway or create illnesses like sinus infection or pneumonia.
Regular cleaning is vital not only for health reasons, but it can also help you get the most out of your CPAP therapy. Most importantly, it can help you save money by extending the life of your equipment, which means you won’t have to replace parts as frequently.
Today we’re going to focus on an essential part of the CPAP machine:
What is a CPAP filter?
The filter plays a crucial role in a CPAP machine as it cleans the air before compressing and sending it into your airway. A filter not only protects your lungs but also keeps your CPAP machine in good working order.
CPAP machines have 2 types of filters i.e. Disposable and Non-disposable. To clean a CPAP machine in India, one may use one or both types of filters. It is important to discard and replace disposable filters regularly. You can rephrase the sentence in active voice as: “You can easily remove reusable filters, sometimes called pollen filters, from CPAP machines and wash them regularly.
Most CPAP machines include at least one disposable filter, which consists of thin paper or a paper-like substance. CPAP disposable filters contain an electrostatically charged finely woven structure that allows them to attract very small particles
The back of a CPAP machine often features non-disposable filters, which are made of absorbent foam and meant to remove bigger particles like pollen, pet hair, and dander. These reusable internal filters are sometimes referred to as pollen filters.
What Cleaning Supplies Do I Need for My CPAP Filter?
Everything you’ll need for a clean CPAP machine filter is probably already in your house! All you require is:
- Warm, clean water
- Clean, dry towels
- Space to allow your equipment to dry
The filters are at the back of the machine, where it pulls and compresses air. Most machines have a disposable white filter, and some have a non-disposable grey filter. Here are some CPAP Machines cleaning suggestions:
- The grey non-disposable filter should be cleaned at least once a week. If you have pets, smoke inside your home, or your home is very dusty, you may need to clean it more frequently.
- Before putting grey filters back into your machine, rinse them with water and let them dry.
- Replace disposable white paper filters at least once a month, or more often if they appear dingy or unclean.
- You do not need to clean your CPAP machine, although you can wipe it with a damp cloth if you choose to.