If you use CPAP every night, you know what a positive impact it can have on your day-to-day life. You may be feeling a huge energy boost, maybe you have started to lose some weight, and you may have even seen an improvement in your blood pressure. In order to maintain these positive life changes, it is crucial to properly maintain your CPAP system.
The first step in maintaining your CPAP is regular cleaning. The following parts need to be cleaned with gentle soap and water (no detergents), on a regular basis:
- CPAP Mask – take the whole mask apart to ensure that the seal and frame are clean
- Water Chamber
Despite regular cleaning, certain parts of your system do need to be replaced on a regular basis. Your mask will need to be replaced often to ensure that you are getting the most our of your CPAP therapy. Overtime, your mask seal is effected by the oils on your skin, the edges can become drier and may begin to crack. Even though your mask may still look fine, the seal will lose integrity. Most people replace there mask or seal every 3 – 6 months.
Tubing should also be replaced every six months, and filters typically need to be changed monthly. Each manufacturer will have there own specific recommendations for part/mask replacement.
CPAP therapy is for life. It is important to protect your therapy (and your investment) by practicing regular cleaning and regular replacement of old parts.