sleepycarol wrote:Thanks Pugsy for your input on the heated hose. I know this past winter the air would often feel cold coming from my machine. I do not like a lot of humidity due to my asthma and was wondering if the heated hose would help with warming the air, although the humidifier was set low.
Yes, the stand alone Hybernite heated hose would help warm the air without increasing humidity because it is after the humidifier and doesn't really play into any humidifier settings. Warm air holds more water but not if the water hasn't been added to the air via the humidifier in the first place.
I found that the PR S1 machine's new way of humidification even when I maxed it out would give me ice cube nose this past winter. Even with a nice heavy hose cozy the air was uncomfortably cold even if rain out was or was not an issue.
I could have switched back to classic mode and got more heat (and more water) but then I really battled rain out.
It is not warm like a sauna (unless someone covers the hose)...it is still "cool" for comfort but just not so cold that my nose felt like an ice cube. I used it at my preferred high moisture settings and didn't have any rain out but someone could use it at a lower setting or not even use a humidifier and it would be quite comfortable.
If your machine doesn't add the moisture...the hose won't make more...it just delivers a little warmer air.
Should would great for you and if you think air was cold last winter...just wait till you use that new PR S1 Bipap in the new humidification mode because it uses even less heat to maintain humidity levels. That was what I was using when (and why) I bought the heated hose. I bought my PR S1 BiPap in late October and mid November I started getting ice cube nose even with Padacheeks nice heavy hose cozy and the humidifier maxed out...3rd week in November...I got the heated hose and it ranks right up with the barrel cozy and the best money I have ever spent for comfort.
I have no need for heated hose right now I suppose but since I got the S9 in February...just haven't bothered to change over to a standard hose.