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Understanding proper humidifier settings is an important element in ensuring your therapy is as effective as possible. Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about humidifier settings below.
A. The steps for proper adjustment of your humidifier settings are explained in this #video.
A. The answer varies depending on what ResMed humidification system you're using, as follows:
If using ClimateLine heated tubing in Manual mode, start with a humidity level setting of 3 and a heated tube setting of approximately 27°C. Adjust the humidity level up and down by 0.5 to address any drying or rainout issues, and adjust the heated tube level up and down in 1° increments to find the most comfortable temperature setting.
A. The water should be changed daily, even if you don't use it all in one night.
A. Don’t be surprised if the amount of water varies from night to night. It varies from one humidifier to the next, from one patient to the next, and with the temperature and humidity of the bedroom, as well as the settings of the humidifier itself. #Refer to the user guide about how much water to put into your humidifier.
A. The water delivery output depends on ambient room temperature and humidity, the settings and therapy pressure delivered by the device. If the room conditions change from night to night (e.g., one night the heater is left on in the house, and the next night it's turned off), this can account for differences in the water usage.
It may also be that you're breathing through your mouth, or have mask leak. Mouth breathing allows air to escape from your mouth, which can decrease the efficiency of the humidifier.
If mouth leak is under control or you are using a full face mask, trying one or more of the options below may help:
A. If you're finding that you have nasal symptoms at other times of the year, then you should probably use your humidifier then, as well. The added humidification may reduce the occurrence of these symptoms.
Do you have a question about humidifier settings that isn't addressed here? Contact a ResMed accredited outlet.