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Understanding Your CPAP Filters: Reasons and Replacement

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

Some of the more important parts of sleep apnea machines are not typically noticed during their use.

The filters (there are two) ensure that the air used in continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is safe and healthy to breathe.

If you've ever changed a filter anywhere else—from an air conditioning unit, a whole room air filter, or a smokeless ashtray, as examplesyou'll know that these hidden gems are hygienic workhorses, capturing billions of particles of dust, pathogens, and other undesirable matter floating, otherwise invisible, in the air around us.  

CPAP filters work just as hard and need attention in order to ensure your CPAP machine remains in solid working order for years to come. They are also your first line of defense for good respiratory health. 

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When To Get New CPAP Supplies (Masks, Tubing, Filters & Machine)

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

Once you receive and begin to use your CPAP equipment, you will need to take good care to maintain it. You will also need to check it on a regular basis to make sure it’s not broken, leaking, or worn out.

Most elements of your CPAP setup are fairly durable, but they will wear out over time. Once they are worn out, they become less effective for delivering the therapy that you need.

Here’s a quick replacement schedule to keep on hand and some tips for ensuring your CPAP equipment is always in great working order.

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