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nmevan
 
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heated hose

Postby nmevan on Thu Nov 04, 2010 10:34 pm

hello again

I'm a newbie

can someone please fill me in on the benefits or drawbacks of a heated hose

thanks

evan

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Re: heated hose

Postby Linus on Thu Nov 04, 2010 10:38 pm

Benefits
Far less chance of condensation in your hose.
Far less chance of condensation in your hose.
Far less chance of condensation in your hose.

Drawbacks
It costs about US$100
Sometime you might forget to plug it in at night. That can lead to surprises.

Go for it. I had lots of condensation issues in the winter (I live in Seattle), until I got the heated hose. It is a great investment.

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Re: heated hose

Postby Laurie1041 on Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:01 pm

From one newbie to another,
Disclaimer: I can only tell you of my limited experience to date, but so far I am a fan. In an earlier life, I had regular tubing and experienced substantial rainout from time-to-time even after taking into consideration adjusting the level of humidity, factoring the ambient air, and making sure my machine was lower than my head. (There is nothing like getting a nose-full of water at 3:00 AM). If you do get heated tubing, let us know what you think. L

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Re: heated hose

Postby BanjoPaterson on Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:07 pm

Hi - where I live in Australia you get extremes between summer and winter temperatures (36 or more Celsius to zero or more). This last winter in May-August was the first one with my new CPAP. I found that unless I kept the hose covered and wrapped up in bed with me under the sheets, I got rain-out and it was just terrible. Even on the nights that weren't so bad I would wake up 3-4 times with droplets on my nose.

Then I bought the Aussie Hose, which I can recommend. Found my S8 with an Aussie hose handles the lower temperatures well. Sometimes there can still be a moist feeling if the dew-point really drops, but overall it worked very, very well. Remember, as well, some CPAP/APAPs, like Resmed's S9, come with heated hoses, so these may be worth investigating if you haven't already purchased your machine. I've done a comparison between an S9 I'm trialling now and my ol' trusty S8 with the Aussie Hose, which you can find on this forum.

Best of luck.

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Re: heated hose

Postby fadedgirl on Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:12 am

I just tried to use the S9 slimline for a few nights instead of my aussie heated hose. WOW what a difference. I am wearing the sleepweaver mask currently so I wanted to see how a lighter hose affected things. It was difficult not using the heated hose and I ended up waking up several times throughout the night because of it. I just hooked it back up a few minutes ago, it makes such an incredibly positive difference for me and how the air feels (ambient, not hot or cold) when I inhale. I do not use a humidifier. I find its more flexible and comfortable to the touch than other hoses. Its a very high quality, well-made hose.

Heated hose drawbacks (I've only used the aussie): slightly heavier than non-heated; you definitely do not want to leave it plugged in all day and put covers or pillows over it (common sense of course, but I learned the hard way by accident). Once you get used to it, you are going to want to have a spare on hand.

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Re: heated hose

Postby The Guest on Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:51 am

If its not a huge difference in price go with the heated hose. If it is way more expensive just make sure to put the tube under a blanket (your blanket if it won't bother you) to help it stay warm and that will lessen your rainout.

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Re: heated hose

Postby jonquiljo on Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:55 am

I know it's been posted before - but can someone post a link where to buy one? Believe it or not it gets cold in California too well - at night.

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Re: heated hose

Postby BanjoPaterson on Fri Nov 05, 2010 3:33 am

For those in the US

http://www.cpapusa.com/cpap-sleep-apnea ... T2285.html

For Australia, http://www.sleepzone.com.au

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Re: heated hose

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Re: heated hose

Postby bdp522 on Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:07 am

I keep my Aussie heated hose on a timer. It goes on at my regular bedtime and goes off when my alarm does. Had it over 4 years so far and still works just fine. An excellent investment for me!

Brenda

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Re: heated hose

Postby jonquiljo on Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:17 am

What happens if you forget to turn it off, do you burn your house down????

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Re: heated hose

Postby bdp522 on Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:35 am

I know RestedGal has an Aussie hose and last I heard she leaves hers on all the time with no ill effects. You might want to PM her to be sure, or she may post her experience.

Brenda

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Re: heated hose

Postby stevesgrl98 on Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:04 am

Ok, this might be a stupid question, will a heated hose help keep my nose warmer? I am a humidity junkie. I don't have a problem with rain-out nor do I mind waking up with moisture on my nose. When my nose gets cold, it runs, thus waking me up.

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Re: heated hose

Postby carbonman on Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:22 am

jonquiljo wrote:What happens if you forget to turn it off, do you burn your house down????


:shock: :shock: :lol: :lol: :lol: :D :D

I am starting my second full winter w/my heated hose.
I forget to unplug a couple of times last year and just did it a few days ago.
House and hose are still intact.

Right now I only need to use the hose alone for max. comfort.
As it gets colder, I have a light weight hose cozy I will put on it to
increase the heat. If it gets really cold, I will put my PC hose cozy on
for max. heating.

I really enjoy winter weekend mornings....when I wake up,
I like to just lie there and breathe that warm, moist air.
The Ozzy heated hose is very functional and a real comfort item.
"If your therapy is improving your health but you're not doing anything
to see or feel those changes, you'll never know what you're capable of."
I said that.

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Re: heated hose

Postby luke on Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:24 am

I've been using mine about a year now and love it. I think the hose is rated at 12 volts.
At 12 volts it was a bit too warm for me so I bought a variable voltage (6,7.5,9 &12V) power supply at
Radio shack. In the fall here in the northeast US I set it to 7.5volts, in winter I go to 9 volts.
12 volts is just too warm for me. In the spring up to the fall I dont use it at all but exchange it with
the regular unheated hose. That way I should get maximum life on it.

Bill

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