CPAP Ozone Sanitizer
As previously mentioned, cleaning and sanitizing your CPAP equipment can be done manually or automatically (using a device specially made for that purpose).
Manually cleaning CPAP equipment is time-consuming, complex, and not that effective (water-vinegar solution for example sometimes can’t reach all the places, and it takes some time to dry the equipment before use).
Many CPAP users opt-in for automatic cleaners. Automatic cleaners usually use Ozone or UV as the sanitizing agent. Although both have sanitizing effect and are simple to use, ozone sanitizers seem to have better results (UV sanitizers can be less effective if UV lamps used are not strong enough, and since they are simple to produce, with cheap UV lamps, they often prove to be not enough effective).
CPAP Cleaning Machine, more precisely, in this case, CPAP Ozone Sanitizer, is a device that uses ozone (O3) also known as “activated oxygen”, to disinfect CPAP equipment which needs to be sanitized on daily basis (tubing, mask, possibly humidifier). How is ozone produced in the sanitizer? As explained by the American Sleep Association, Ozone sanitizers have a generator that breaks down oxygen (O2) and recreate it by combining another O atom making O3, or an activated oxygen molecule. When the third O atom is added, it turns the molecule into an oxidant. An oxidant causes a substance to lose electrons, which in this case can kill germs and bacteria. It does sound like a complicated process, but Ozone Sanitizer is a fairly simple device and extremely rarely breaks down.
Often asked question, or concern is about the safety of ozone use at home… In one of our previous articles we covered this subject in detail and explained why the ozone from the PrimeClean® CPAP Ozone Sanitizer is not dangerous in any terms for its users. Let’s just share one, a key piece of information, here - you can easily conclude that if ozone is sanitizing by reacting with other substances and altering their chemical composition, it is doing the same to humans as well as to germs…and you would be somewhat correct with that. BUT, in the case of CPAP sanitizers, or other sanitizing machines, the concentration of ozone in the air that we breathe in (around these machines) is just way too low, and that’s the key point here that must be mentioned. Besides, for that “clean smell” (ozone smell) that some people feel is left, PrimeClean has a solution with special PrimeClean® Upgraded Sanitizing Bag which has a perfect seal and any ozone that gets in the sanitizing bag is filtered through Ozone Filter and turned into pure oxygen (O2), which eliminates any possibility of feeling the ozone after the sanitation process is done.
The whole process of cleaning/sanitizing with ozone sanitizer lasts around 30 minutes and is fairly simple… Just need to put CPAP equipment into sanitizing bag (be sure to empty the water; some moisture is fine, but don’t add water inside the bag), close the bag, and plug the sanitizer device into the adapter on the bag (PrimeClean® CPAP Ozone Sanitizer used as an example). The sanitizer device itself is small and portable and works on its rechargeable battery power.