As you may have heard, there is a growing concern around those using ozone to support their machines as well as their mask and tubing. Here’s what you need to know to keep your equipment safe and free of bacteria.
Ozone can damage CPAP machines
Ozone is a highly reactive compound made of three oxygen molecules. When it comes into contact with certain other substances, it oxidizes them. This process is usually harmful and changes the chemical makeup of whatever is affected. Rusting metal is probably the most well-known example of oxidation.
When ozone passes through a CPAP machine, it can oxidize the sensitive components inside: wires, circuit boards and displays are all sensitive to ozone and can be rendered completely useless if left exposed for too long.
This is why the FDA put out a warning in regards to ozone and CPAP machines and many CPAP manufacturers have reserved the right to void the warranty on a CPAP if the damage done to it was through an ozone device.
Ozone does NOT damage masks and tubing
While ozone can damage electronics and metal parts, it is perfectly safe to use on the plastics that make up a CPAP mask and tubing. These materials don’t interact with ozone at all, which means they don’t oxidize like metal.
After using an ozone product like Sleep8, you may notice the crisp, fresh scent of ozone, but it will cause no lasting damage to your equipment.
Choosing the right ozone product to support your CPAP accessories.
With this in mind, you’ll want to be sure to choose an ozone product that does not come in contact with your actual CPAP unit. There are some devices out there that have users hook up an ozone generator directly to their machine and actively pump ozone through it. Pushing a constant stream of ozone over the sensitive internal components of your CPAP machine is exactly what can void your manufacturer’s warranty.
Instead, you want a product that is only going to be used on your CPAP accessories (mask, hose, water chamber, headgear). One of the reasons we designed Sleep8 the way we did is so that it could maintain CPAP equipment while leaving the actual machine unaffected. Keep in mind that the mask and tubing are also more likely to develop and harbor bacteria, as warm, humid air passes through dark porous spaces.