CPAP Therapy is recognized as one of the most effective forms of treatment for Sleep Apnea. The CPAP machine provides continuous positive airway pressure that keeps the patient’s airways open during sleep, reducing snoring and preventing pauses in breathing. However, the CPAP machine is not the only important part of the sleep therapy process.
Properly fitting masks and well-functioning CPAP equipment are also crucial when it comes to the success of CPAP Therapy. Regularly maintaining and replacing your CPAP supplies will ensure that you receive the best Sleep Apnea treatment possible.
To ensure the effectiveness of your CPAP equipment during therapy, it is important to follow an equipment replacement schedule. Below are our suggestions for when to replace the following important CPAP components.
We will cover:
- CPAP Masks
- Mask Cushions and pillows
- Mask Headgear and chin straps
- CPAP Machine Filters
- CPAP Tubing
- CPAP Water chamber
- CPAP machine
When to replace my CPAP Supplies and Parts?
We recommend replacing your CPAP mask every 3 months.
This is the visible part of the mask that delivers pressurized air to your airways. Various mask styles such as full face, nasal and nasal pillow CPAP masks are available and are an integral part of CPAP therapy that must be kept in optimal condition.
How to tell if you need to replace your CPAP mask?
The most common sign that you need to replace your mask is excessive leaks. Also, if your mask becomes uncomfortable or you notice signs of discoloration, it’s time to seek a replacement.
CPAP masks can be ordered on Lofta’s Subscribe & Save plan – an automatic mask replacement program where you can set your order frequency, save 15% off your resupply, and let us do the rest.
Mask Cushions and Pillows
Replacement frequency for CPAP mask cushions and pillows varies depending on the type of mask. It is recommended to replace silicon cushions, including AirFit™, every three months and memory foam or AirTouch™ cushions every month.
Because most mask cushions are made of a soft silicone, they will eventually deteriorate over time and can become softer and not as effective as they were initially.
How to tell if I need to replace my mask cushions and pillows?
Mask cushions that are compromised will show wear and tear showing signs such as cracks, discoloration or the cushion itself may become stiff.
Mask cushions and pillows can be ordered on Lofta’s Subscribe & Save Plan – an automatic cushion/pillow replacement program where you set your order frequency, save 15% off your resupply, and let us do the rest.
Mask Headgear and Chin straps
Lofta recommends that you replace your CPAP mask headgear and chin straps every 6 months.
Over time, the elasticity of your headgear and chin strap may become stretched and no longer provide an effective fit like before.
How to tell when you need to replace your mask headgear and chin strap?
When your headgear becomes stretched and unable to keep a tight seal, it is a clear sign you should replace your equipment.
Headgear and chin straps can be ordered on the Lofta Subscribe & Save Plan – an automatic headgear and chin strap replacement program where you set your order frequency, save 15% off your resupply, and let us do the rest.
CPAP Machine Filters
CPAP Filters must be replaced every 2 weeks.
Over time your CPAP machine filters will become clogged and unable to properly filter the air that is being delivered to your airways. This can be harmful as dust particles may get into the system and could affect your health and secondly, it could also cause irreparable damage to your CPAP machine as it is forced to work harder. It is essential to replace them regularly.
How to tell if you need to replace your CPAP filters?
Your filters will show visible signs of discoloration and dirt accumulation.
Filters from Lofta come in various pack sizes and can be ordered on the Subscribe & Save Plan – an automatic filter replacement program where you set your order frequency, save 15% off your resupply, and let us do the rest.
We recommend that you replace your CPAP tubing every 3 months.
CPAP tubing is the passageway through which you receive your pressurized air. Over time, the tubing may develop cracks and tears, which will impede the quality of sleep therapy that you’re receiving.
How to tell if you need to replace your CPAP tubing?
If you notice tears or cracks or if the tube is no longer clear and turns opaque, then it is time to replace your CPAP tubing.
CPAP tubing can be ordered on the Lofta Subscribe & Save Plan – an automatic CPAP tubing replacement program where you can set your order frequency, save 15% off your resupply, and let us do the rest.
CPAP Water Chambers
Lofta recommends replacing your CPAP water chamber every 6 months.
Your CPAP humidifier works by warming and moistening the air that you’re breathing in during Sleep Apnea therapy, leading to a better experience through humidification. The constant heating and cooling of the water chamber can lead to wear and tear and cracks over a certain period of time.
How to tell if you need to replace your CPAP water chamber?
Your humidifier water chamber may develop cracks or become discolored due to minerals and water buildup.
CPAP water chambers can be ordered on Lofta’s Subscribe & Save Plan – an automatic water chamber replacement program where you set your order frequency, save 15% off your resupply, and let us do the rest.
You must consider replacing your CPAP Devices every 3-7 years.
This is the powerhouse and is responsible for delivering appropriate CPAP Therapy while you sleep. If your CPAP machine is old and not performing optimally anymore, this will definitely affect the outcome of your sleep therapy.
How to tell when I need to replace my CPAP Machine?
If your CPAP machine stops working, you will need to contact the manufacturer immediately. Most CPAP machines are covered under a one year warranty, however, if your device is no longer covered, you may need to consider purchasing a new one.
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In conclusion, we cannot stress enough the importance of maintaining your CPAP equipment in good condition, ensuring optimal sleep therapy results.
For more information, please feel free to get in touch with one of our Sleep Champions via email or call us on 1-800-698-8000. We would love to help you.