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1 26th January 20:29
deano
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Does anyone have advice on the best placement for a CPAP machine? I
have been using mine for about two years, and I cannot sleep without it.
(of course, there are times that I can't sleep WITH it either) I
recently replaced my Nasal Aire with a current model. I am finding that
the humidifier while, working, is giving me erratic results. Some days,
I get a nice, flow of moist air, and on others, I get a desert breeze.
I have my machine setup on a small table below the level of my mattress
as I was told to do when I first got the CPAP. Now I wonder if having
it higher would be better. Also, the six foot hose is too long for me,
are there shorter ones available? Thanks. ;-Deano
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2 26th January 20:29
quick
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Default CPAP Machine Placement (throat)


The level of the machine should not effect the performance of the
humidifier at all. The suggestion to place the machine below the
level of the bed is 1) if there is rainout more of the water condensed
in the hose will flow back into the humidifier, and 2) whatever noise
your machine produces is greatly reduced at bed level.

Does the temperature and/or humidity in your room/house change
from day to day? The humidifier performance (unless you change
the settings) will remain pretty much fixed. How are you determining
the difference? Is it after the fact when you get up in the morning?
Are you measuring the amount of water used over night? Dry nose/throat?
Mask leaks can greatly effect the amount of water used and result
in dryness. Mouth breathing can do the same.

There is a possibility that the humidifier heater (I am assuming it is
a heated humidifier?) is not functioning consistently. You only mentioned
your interface and not what machine and humidifier you have.

-Quick
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3 26th January 20:29
quick
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....when the machine is placed below bed level.

-Quick
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4 27th January 00:49
deano
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It's a Remstar Plus and it is a heated humidifier. And, as I said,
the delivery of humidity is very erratic. Some days I get nada, and use
little or no water, and other days, it works fine. It may have
something more to do with problems I am having with nasal blockages than
the machine itself. I may need a "repair". Thanks. ;-Deano
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5 27th January 05:17
quick
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I have the same. My water usage is fairly consistent. Every now and
again it will be way more. I attribute it to mask leakage. With a leak
of significant size and duration there will be a very large increase in
the volume of the air passing through the humidifier => more water
evaporating.

Are you coming to this conclusion by the amount of water used
over night? Or are you experiencing very wet and dry nose and
mouth/throat? If more water usage is accompanied with a very
dry mouth and/or throat it indicates that you are "mouth breathing".
If you notice little physical (dryness) difference then it may indicate
a mask leak problem.

-Quick
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6 27th January 05:17
j_j_magenta
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I too have a Remstar Plus and have definite problems with the
humidfier. Some nights the water level only goes down quarter of an
inch, and other nights it uses about a cup. The bedroom air
temperature is reasonably constant.

I have the level set at 3, as any higher and the heat and humidity
make breathing difficult. Although I set it on when I go do bed, when
I wake during the night, the humidifer light has often gone off, and I
need to turn it on again.

Do other people have this problem and a solution for it, or is it just
a Remstart fault?
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7 27th January 05:17
andy hall
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Do you notice a difference in the effect that it has on you though?

For example, when little water is used, do you have a feeling of
greater dryness, stuffiness etc.?

I've found that a lot more water is used when I am in a place where
the humidity is low than when not.

However, it sounds from your description that you have a fault with
your machine (possibly the thermostat) so it would make sense to have
it checked.


..andy

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8 27th January 05:17
quick
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This is not a general Remstar fault. Possibly a fault with your personal
Remstar. The humidifier is integrated with the machine. It is designed
to turn off if you turn off the machine.

For example:
Turn on humidifier,
turn on machine,
turn off machine,
(at this point the humidifier will be off)
turn on machine,
(the humidifier will remain off until it is ********ly turned back on).

Are the power cords securely plugged in? into the humidifier base
and both ends of the patch cord from the humidifier base to the
machine?

If so, then you should probably get it checked.

-Quick
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9 27th January 14:29
j_j_magenta
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I think I have made a bit of progress with this. If I pre-heat the
water, turn the machine on, making sure the the humidifier is still on
(or turning it on if not), then the humidifer seems to stop sometime
during the night.

If I don't pre-heat the water, it appears to stay on all night without
any hassles. I don't know why pre-heating seems to mess it up, but I
don't really need it pre-heated anyway, so will stick with doing it
this way.
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10 27th January 18:48
anna leblanc
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JJR,
I have the RemStar Plus also. When I first got the machine I often failed to
turn the heater on. Then I learned that I must hold the heater button down
for several seconds, while the blower button only takes a quick hit.

I've never had the problem you describe. I understand that when you preheat
the water in the humidifier the heater will "time out" and turn itself off
after 20 minutes if you haven't turned on the blower in that time. So if you
turn on the heater, and then it takes you more than 20 minutes to brush
teeth and put on PJs or whatever, then you need to start the heater again
when you start the CPAP. If you are doing all that, then I wonder if the
"time out" feature has become faulty on your machine, turning off the heater
when it shouldn't.

If I had the problem you describe I would contact my DME and have them check
it out.

Anna

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