You probably know that you need to regularly replace your CPAP mask, cushions and tubing. But what about the actual CPAP machine? How often should you replace it? Look no further, we’ve got answers to your top four questions on when and how to replace your CPAP machine.
When to replace your CPAP machine?
Your CPAP machine should be replaced after approximately 5 years of use. The good news is, Medicare and most other insurers typically provide coverage for a new CPAP machine around the same time frame. Even if you think your machine is still working well, it’s a good idea to replace it when you’re eligible to ensure the dependability of your machine.
Why should I get a new CPAP?
Getting a new CPAP machine is also an opportunity to take advantage of new comfort features and technology that may not have been available when you received your current machine. Recent advances include:
- Quieter motors and masks: Early CPAP machines were made from loud Jacuzzi/spa air pumps! ResMed’s AirSense™ 10 and AirCurve™ 10 machines use a quiet Easy-Breathe™ motor to make for a peaceful sleep environment. Our newest full face masks also feature QuietAir™ technology, which uses small, multidirectional openings over a widespread area to break up exhaled air so that it’s spread out lightly.
- Lower pressures: All AirSense 10 and some of AirCurve 10 machines offer AutoRamp™. This innovative feature knows when you’re still awake and keeps pressures low to help you fall asleep easier. Once you’re asleep, it automatically ramps up the pressure to your prescribed level. For women with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), AirSense 10 AutoSet™ for Her is the first CPAP machine designed specifically to treat the female-specific characteristics of OSA and deliver lower pressures throughout the night.
- Better humidification: Humidifiers today are lighter and more compact than ever. All ResMed Air10 machines come with a built-in humidifier that’s easier to fill and clean and takes up less space. You can also try using ClimateLineAir™, a heated tubing option designed to maintain the temperature of the air as it passes from the humidifier through the tube.
- Accessible sleep data: All ResMed AirSense 10 and AirCurve 10 PAP machines come equipped with wireless connectivity, so your sleep data can go directly to your healthcare team, and to you through the myAir™ app. With myAir you can see how well you slept the previous night right from your computer or smartphone. myAir will even sends you tips on how you can improve your sleep.
How do I get a new CPAP machine?
Check with your insurance provider to see if you are eligible for a new CPAP machine. If you’re eligible, your doctor can provide you with the prescription and other proper forms to take to your home medical equipment provider to get your new CPAP machine.
I got my new machine! What do I do with my old one?
If your old CPAP machine is less than 6 years old, you can donate it to the American Sleep Apnea Association’s CPAP Assistance Program or similar charities in your area. Otherwise, you can recycle it the same way you would other electronics like a computer or a TV. Ask your doctor or local recycling center for more information.