Here's how often you should be replacing your CPAP gear
You should all know by now how important it is to clean your CPAP gear, but, after a while, cleaning only goes so far. For comfortable and effective CPAP therapy in the long term, you also need to regularly inspect your gear and replace its parts as needed.
Here are some simple guidelines to help you take stock of your equipment and know when to replace parts before they negatively affect your therapy and your sleep.
When to Replace CPAP Mask Parts?
Let’s start with your mask as it’s arguably the most important piece of equipment in any CPAP setup. Do you remember how long you’ve had your mask? Just like other regularly used health products, such as a toothbrush or shaver, your mask becomes less effective and unhygienic to use over time.
The best way to know when it’s time for a part to be replaced is to make it a habit of inspecting your mask regularly for wear and tear. Some parts will wear out sooner than you think!
Mask Cushions - Every 6 Months
Mask cushions, for instance, rest against your face every night and can build up quickly with dirt, oil, and bacteria. Without proper care, they can deteriorate leading to leaks and discomfort – even skin irritation.
How often you replace your mask cushion depends on the kind you have. Silicone cushions are designed to be replaced every 6 months, whereas memory foam cushions are designed to be replaced monthly.
Mask Frame - Every 6 to 12 Months
Newer frames are made out of medical grade silicone that can harden over time so we recommend replacing these every 6 months. For our older models' mask frames are made of strong plastic and are more durable than mask cushions. Their lifespan will depend on how well you look after them. If they ever get damaged, cracked, or discoloured, you should replace them immediately.
Mask Headgear - Every 6 Months
Mask headgear will lose elasticity and become stretched out over time, leading to a bad mask fit. One sure sign is when you’re starting to overtighten your headgear to achieve a secure seal.
We suggest you replace headgear every 6 months or so to ensure your mask is always sealed as securely as possible.