AirSense Setup Usage Video

How does the equipment all fit together?

Your therapy system is most likely made up of a mask, tubing, therapy device and humidifier.

Take a look at your therapy system to see if you can identify all the parts.

Knowing what to do (and what not to do) when setting up your equipment can make all the difference to your treatment.

Here are some tips from ResMed.

  1. Firstly make sure you place your device on a flat, stable surface, where there’s little chance it will get covered by books or clothing.
  2. Place it close enough to you that you can reach the controls while you’re in bed.
  3. Leave plenty of room around the device, and make sure it’s not too close to a wall or heater.
  4. Your care provider or equipment supplier should have shown you how to connect your device and mask. If you’re having any problems, see your product User Guide, which has clear instructions on setting up.

You can also contact your equipment provider for advice.

Care and cleaning

Each month, we recommend disconnecting the sleep therapy machine from the power supply and wiping the outside with a damp cloth and mild detergent. Avoid wetting the electrical areas.

Your patient’s device needs to be well maintained to constantly deliver effective treatment. A blocked air filter may impact the pressure delivered to your patient’s mask at night. That’s why it’s important for your patients to regularly examine the air filter for holes or dust build-up.

Humidifier water tub cleaning

Each humidifier user guide contains instructions on cleaning that specific type of device and its components. In general, the water tub should be washed every day in warm water with a mild detergent, then rinsed thoroughly with clean water and left to dry away from direct sunlight. Every month, the water tub should be inspected for wear and deterioration and replaced if any component is cracked, cloudy or pitted.

Patients should not use any of the following to clean their humidifiers as these solutions may cause damage and reduce the life of the product:

  • Bleach, chlorine-, alcohol- or ammonia-based solutions
  • Moisturising, antibacterial or glycerine based soaps
  • Water softening and unapproved descaling agents

For your convenience, here are the cleaning instructions for ResMed’s heated humidifier:

Every day
  1. Wash the disassembled tub lid, plate and base in warm water using a mild detergent.
  2. Rinse thoroughly in clean water and allow them to dry away from direct sunlight.
Every month
  1. Peel the flip lid seal from the flip lid and wash it in warm water using a mild detergent.
  2. Wipe the exterior of the humidifier with a damp cloth and mild detergent.

Please note that the disassembled tub lid, plate and base may also be washed in a dishwasher on the delicate or glassware cycle (top shelf only). White powder deposits in the water tub can be removed using a solution of one part household vinegar to 10 parts water.

ClimateLine and SlimLine tubing cleaning

Please refer to the tubing user guide for detailed instructions on cleaning.

In general, the air tubing should be removed every day by pulling on the finger grips on the cuff. Hang the tubing in a clean, dry place until its next use.

Please note:

  • Air tubing should not be hung in direct sunlight as it may harden over time and eventually crack.
  • Air tubing should not be washed in a washing machine or dishwasher.

Every week, patients should remove the air tubing from their therapy device and mask by pulling on the finger grips on the cuff, then wash the air tubing in warm water using mild detergent. They should rinse the tubing thoroughly, hang it up in a clean, dry place, and allow it to dry. They should reconnect the air tubing to the air outlet and mask next time they use the device.


How can using a humidifier improve the comfort of therapy?

Using a humidifier can make a positive difference to your therapy comfort and experience. By warming and moistening the air you’re breathing, it helps prevent you having a dry nose and throat and can help you keep your mouth closed while you sleep.

What is ‘rain-out’?

You might have heard the term ‘rain-out’ in reference to humidification. Basically rain-out is condensation building up in the tube. If you have rain-out, you might hear a gurgling sound in your tubing when you breathe on treatment. Here’s what you can do to reduce rain-out:

  • Use ResMed’s Climate Control humidification solution, which is designed to provide enough humidification to help you breathe comfortably, while keeping rain-out at a minimum. Make sure you’re using a ClimateLine Air heated tube when using an AirSense or AirCurve device.
  • If you’re still experiencing rain-out, try turning the humidity level down a little.
  • Rain-out can happen if your bedroom gets too cold at night, so try to keep your room warmer overnight.
  • To keep your tubing (and the air traveling inside it) warmer during the night, you can also use a tubing wrap.

For additional support, refer to the User Guide.

  • AirSense™ 10 user guide Download
  • AirSense™ 10 user guide (español)Download
  • AirSense™ 10 disinfection guide Download
  • AirSense™ 10 patient quick setup guide Download
  • AirSense™ 10 humidifier/device compatibility list Download
  • HumidAir vs H5i settings fact sheet Download