CPAP Machine 101
A CPAP Cleaning Machine, or CPAP Sanitizer, is a device that uses ozone (O3) also known as “activated oxygen”, or UV light, to clean/disinfect CPAP equipment (tubing, mask, possibly humidifier). As mentioned in our previous articles, although both UV light and Ozone have sanitizing effects, and both cleaners are fairly simple to use, ozone sanitizers seem to offer better results in the sanitizing process… Mostly it comes down to manufacturing and simplicity of use; 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; on the side Ozone is cleaners are simple and yet effective enough to avoid such “pitfalls”.
Why opt for ozone as a sanitizing agent? What is Ozone and how do we get it?
Ozone, trioxide, or “activated oxygen”, is an inorganic molecule with the chemical formula O3 – simple as that (according to the definition from Wikipedia that we find simple yet informative enough). Being a highly reactive gas, it is effective for sanitizing process. Ozone is a molecule composed of three atoms of oxygen; that is one more than a basic oxygen molecule (chemical formula O2) - the oxygen we breathe, which is composed of 2 atoms of oxygen. When the third O atom is added, it turns the molecule into an oxidant. That third oxygen atom, being the “extra”, tends to detach from the ozone molecule (as it “wants” to turn the molecule back to more stable O2 oxygen), and once it is detached it re-attach to other substances molecules, thereby altering their chemical composition. That chemical reaction is actually what is creating the sanitizing effect. Ozone is a naturally occurring molecule as well as man-made. In nature, ozone is formed naturally through the interaction of solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation with molecular oxygen (O2)1, or ionizing air during lightning storms, or by some photochemical reactions…