We might be missing the point when we tell others how simple there sleep apnea treatment will be for them. “It’s just three parts,” we say. “The machine, a hose, and a sleep apnea mask!” In reality, we know it’s a bit more complex than that but we don’t mention it because once you start figuring your own treatment out, you’ll begin to notice the other very important parts to your equipment all by yourself. There are small parts to your CPAP therapy that make a big difference. Whether it’s the fabric on your sleep apnea mask head gear, the type cushions you use, or your CPAP machine filters, these little bits make therapy comfortable, clean, and effective. They’re all important, but when it comes to fighting dust, bacteria, and respiratory viruses, your CPAP filters are something you’ll want to know more about.

Why Does My CPAP Have a Filter?

Although they seem small, your CPAP filter’s job is seriously important. Without a working CPAP filter, your machine is unlikely to be able to maintain steady pressure, not to mention you could get a mouthful of dust and pollen. Keeping small pieces of airborne material from entering your machine is your filter’s job, and this little piece of foam, plastic, or disposable filter paper does this job quite well.

Although every CPAP machine is different, most of the CPAP filters will be easy to find. Look in your user manual for your CPAP machine’s exact location. If you have a special “In-line” filter, you’ll likely be installing it yourself. These devices are used in conjunction with your standard filter and add extra protection against viral and bacterial infection.

How Often Should I Clean My Filter

Generally, reusable filters last about half of a year, but it’s always best to keep an eye out for wear and tear before then. Whenever your washable filter begins to appear gray or shows any other sign of wear, it’s a good time to wash it. Use a mild dish detergent and gently scrub the sides of your filter. Rinse it thoroughly and lay it on a clean dish towel to dry.

If you’re using disposable filters, look for gathered dust and, again, a gray hue to the filter. Most manufacturers suggest replacing these CPAP filters every three months. It’s easy enough to do, simply remove, throw it away, and replace with a new filter.

Where to Buy Replacement Filters

Unfortunately, CPAP machine filters are not considered one size fits all. Whether you’re using a CPAP machine made by Fisher and Paykel or Respironics, check your user manual for the exact specifications to look for when buying your filters. Fortunately, the staff at a trustworthy CPAP supply store will be well versed on which filters belong with which machines. At Breatheeasycpap.com’s online storefront, you can contact their staff for help, see pictures of your CPAP machine and its filters, as well as purchase any of your other sleep apnea supply needs. It’s there passion to keep you breathing clean, fresh air all night long.