For most people with sleep apnea, using a CPAP machine has become a necessity. The cleanliness of these CPAP machines is important as a dirty CPAP can cause you to develop respiratory complications and infection.
For CPAP machines, there are several different at home cleaners on the marketplace. One category that has been making waves are the ozone CPAP cleaners. Hailed as a no-detergent cleaner, these have quickly been adopted by various CPAP machine owners. However, as with anything it is a good idea to do your research, particularly when it comes to safety.
What are ozone CPAP cleaners?
If you haven’t heard of them before, ozone CPAP cleaners makes use of ozone as a cleaning agent. When many people think of this word, they commonly think of the layer of ozone surrounding the globe. But ozone isn’t only found in the high atmosphere, it is often naturally made during lighting storms as well.
Ozone, also known as activated oxygen, is a natural molecule which forms when another atom of oxygen is introduced to a regular oxygen molecule. The air we breathe in is comprised of this simple two atom molecule called O2. While completely harmless in this state, once another atom is introduced, the molecule becomes “supercharged” O3. In this form, it can more easily oxidize or destroy other molecules.
When used in this form as a cleaning product, ozone is found to be effective at destroying bacteria and mold. In many hospitals, restaurants and even hotels, ozone is becoming the go-to choice for anyone looking to sterilize products effectively. Compared to the usual CPAP supply cleaning process, ozone CPAP cleaners are going to be more efficient at getting the job done and getting into all the small spaces most chemicals and wipes just can't reach.
How safe are ozone CPAP cleaners?
Ozone is safe for use when handled properly. In fact, there are many food package sanitation systems, water filtration systems and more which make use of ozone.
When not handled properly, ozone can leak out to the surroundings and in high amounts and can be an irritant. However, when it is utilized for cleaning properly, it can be very effective and safe. Containment and disposal are key. The Sleep8 Ozone Sanitizer works to contain the ozone safely by use of a sealed cleaning chamber bag and numerous 1-way gas check valves. While cheap systems use gas permeable cloth to try and contain the ozone, Sleep8 uses RoHS grade polyvinyl chloride to keep the ozone where it should be.
By hooking the CPAP hose to the inside of the bags ozone intake, it makes sure to thoroughly disinfect the tube interior, the often neglected tube exterior, as well as the mask. Further by running in a closed bag with a carbon filter at the exit, the Sleep8 helps to convert any ozone leaving the bag, back to regular O2 oxygen. This innovation allows the Sleep8 to use its high-powered coronal ozone generator safely.
Some cheaper alternatives don't create this safe ozone containment in their cleaning chamber. As such, all of the ozone they create is pumped directly into the room. This can create a safety hazard that should be taken seriously. To counter the safety issues, many manufacturers of inferior units simply use a low powered ozone generation dropping the amount of ozone created to somewhat less dangerous levels. While this makes their poor designs a little safer than they would be, it also makes them far less effective (if effective at all). Please, even if you do not choose Sleep8, ONLY choose a device with a USA based lab efficacy test. Here is ours:
The attention, quality and attention to detail is very important. Many inferior units on the market don't even seal their USB charging ports. This means even if they do have a sealed cleaning chamber, they still vent ozone directly from the device. The Sleep8 on the other hand includes both an interior AND manual exterior USB seal, because your health matters to us. The Sleep8 manages ozone levels, while cleaning your CPAP machinery and equipment to remove bacteria AND keep you safe.
If you want a CPAP cleaner that is easy-to-use, safer and more powerful make sure you choose the Sleep8.