Introduction to the Respironics EverFlo Q Oxygen Concentrator

If you're in the market for a home oxygen concentrator, the EverFlo Q by Respironics is one with many happy customers. Respironics is a brand that has been known to produce many of the best oxygen concentrators and CPAP and BiPAP machines, as well as other equipment for oxygen therapy, and the EverFlo Q is their top of the line home oxygen concentrator.

You will be pleasantly surprised at how light and sleek it is for a home oxygen concentrator. It's only 31 pounds, which is only about 11 pounds heavier than the average portable oxygen concentrator. The thickness of the EverFlo Q is 9.5 inches, with a height of 23 inches and a width of 15 inches, so it's short enough to fit underneath most table tops. If you would need to transport it to a new location, you will be able to do so with ease because of its compact size and light weight. It also features a wide handle along the top of the machine, which makes it easy to grab and roll it with you from room to room, or wherever you need to go indoors.

In general, it's smaller than many other home concentrators and stays out of the way in most areas. It also looks streamline and comes in an attractive blue color that makes it look less like medical equipment in your home.

The EverFlo Q is also very low maintenance. As the consumer, you will never have to do anything to it. The most that would need to be done to maintain it is to have a home care provider change a filter every two years. Since your home oxygen concentrator sits in your house, you will need to wipe it down with a dry lint free cloth every now and then to keep any dirt or dust out of the vents where the air is brought in to be filtered into oxygen. As this model of home concentrator brings in the ambient air, it filters it to a purity of 93%.

If you need a higher dose of oxygen, this model is a great choice because of its flow range, between .5 LPM (liters per minute), all the way up to 5 LPM. It's also energy efficient and uses 120 VAC, which is half of what most large appliances in your home use. If you only use your oxygen concentrator a few hours out of the day, or even if you use it over night, your electric bill will hardly see the difference. Many other models of home concentrators use more electricity than this.

This is also one of the most quiet models of home concentrators. At the highest flow rates, the loudest it gets is only 40 decibels, which is the equivalent to the sound of murmuring voices in a library. If you are using it overnight, you will be able to get used to it quickly and easily. Most people who use it even like the quiet hum, which can be used as white noise to help you fall asleep.

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

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