Trying to figure out a device you’re unfamiliar with can be intimidating, and a CPAP machine is certainly no exception. Previously, we explained what a CPAP machine is and how CPAP works, but we didn’t really get a chance to break down the different components of a CPAP machine.
In today’s post, we’ll review each piece of CPAP machine equipment so you know exactly what you’re dealing with when you begin CPAP therapy.
CPAP Machine Motor
Think of the motor as the backbone of a CPAP machine. A CPAP machine motor works by drawing in air, passing it through a filter, and adding the prescribed amount of pressure before delivering it through your CPAP equipment and into your airway. If you have a humidifier chamber to moisten the air, the motor will send the pressurized air through that chamber.
While the word motor often suggests a lot of disruptive noise, you can rest assured a CPAP machine motor is actually very quiet. It needs to be if you’re going to sleep through it.
CPAP Hose and CPAP Tubing
Once the pressurized air leaves the CPAP motor, it enters the CPAP hose. This may also be referred to as the CPAP tubing. A standard CPAP hose measures six feet in length, though dimensions may vary. Many CPAP users prefer to use a heated CPAP hose, which can help prevent dryness and congestion in the sinuses. You can even buy a comfortable CPAP hose cover made from soft material to further insulate the tubing and give your CPAP equipment a warmer, cozier look and feel.
CPAP Mask and CPAP Headgear
The CPAP mask attaches to your face to deliver the pressurized air into your airway. Since this is the part that makes the most direct contact with your body, you’ll need to find one that feels comfortable. It may take a few tries to figure out which one is right for you. You can also invest in custom CPAP headgear to hold your CPAP mask in place more comfortably.
Cleaning CPAP Equipment
It’s important to take good care of your CPAP equipment so it continues to function properly and doesn’t become infested with germs. If you’re looking for ease, convenience and effectiveness, you’ll find it with the automated SoClean CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer. SoClean destroys 99.9% of CPAP germs in your mask, hose and reservoir so that you can enjoy freshly sanitized CPAP equipment every night – which means better rest.