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Librartist +0 points · about 2 years ago Original Poster

Hi, I'm new here and new to CPAP (3 months). I live in Florida where it is very humid. I feel like I'm suffocating with the mask on so I lowered my humidity level each night. I was still waking up with a wet nose. So now I turned the humidity off completely & I felt better using CPAP last night. Now I want to know, should I continue to put water in the Humidity Chamber even tho I turned humidity off? BTW, I have never woken up with a dry nose or mouth.

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Sierra +0 points · about 2 years ago Sleep Patron

These machines typically make humidity by heating the water chamber. If you are sure there is no heat being applied to the chamber, you do not need to add water. That is what we do when we use our trailer without AC power. We shut the humidifier and heated hose off to save on power. And, we do not put water in the reservoir.

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Bigmike52 +0 points · about 2 years ago

Librarist… You don't say what equipment you have, but most humidifiers detach from the unit. If so just remove it.

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sleeptech +0 points · about 2 years ago Sleep Enthusiast

If you are comfortable without the humidifier don't use it. If you run the humidifier turned on without water in it no harm will be done. It will just waste electricity. I just downloaded a CPAP machine of a patient who has been running their humidifier at max with no water in it for months with no problems. It is, of course, best to turn the humidifier off if you aren't using it. Also, many CPAPs have a detachable humidifier as BigMike52 said. Which model do you have (I've used most of 'em)?

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Sierra +0 points · about 2 years ago Sleep Patron

I ran my AirSense 10 with the built in humidifier out of water a couple of times. I woke up with a very funky smell coming from somewhere. I thought the house was on fire at first but there was no smoke alarms going off. Then I thought the machine was on fire and I finally got up to check it out. The humidifier was dry but humidity was turned on. When I removed the reservoir I found the metal bottom was very hot, almost too hot to touch. I would estimate about 150-160 F. Since the reservoir is a combination metal bottom and plastic, I would worry about keeping it that hot every night. But, I guess the reservoir is replaceable if you suffer a full meltdown!

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