Is the SimplyFlo Home Oxygen Concentrator Right for You?

You might not realize that there is an oxygen concentrator out there that is a better match for you than the one you have now, simply because you haven't heard of it yet. The Respironics SimplyFlo is one of the newest and unique oxygen concentrators on the market at the moment, and this might be the oxygen concentrator you've been waiting for.

Just like any other oxygen concentrator, you can't just buy it without considering both your lifestyle needs and your oxygen needs. Here are a few reasons why the SimplyFlo might be right for, and reasons you might want to stick with something else.

Do you need your oxygen concentrator only at night?

If you need to use oxygen therapy at night only, or if you use it mostly at night when you are stationary, this is an excellent concentrator for you. Getting a portable oxygen concentrator just for nighttime use might not be the most practical thing to do since portable concentrators are usually more expensive, and when a portable oxygen concentrator has continuous settings, it also has pulse dose settings.

This is also a great alternative if you even need oxygen flow during the night because of sleep apnea symptoms, or if you need a special sleep mode. Considering your individual needs for something like sleep apnea, you might be able to bypass the need for a CPAP machine with the SimplyFlo.

Do you do a lot of traveling or do you move around a lot?

If you make a lot of trips for business, if you like to do a lot of traveling from town to town, or if you live the lifestyle of someone who moves around frequently, and you only need oxygen therapy at night, the SimplyFlo is a great option. In the case of not requiring the SimplFlo only at night, a portable concentrator would be better, because of their ability to be 100% mobile. If you only need a continuous flow at night, this is the most cost-effective option.

The SimplyFlo is only 8.5 lbs, which is around the same weight as many portable oxygen concentrators. Some portable models are even heavier, and this is because they also provide pulse dose settings, along with the continuous settings. If continuous is all that you need, why getting a bigger concentrator with settings you don't need?

Do you only need a maximum of 2 LPM of continuous flow?

Many people who require oxygen therapy find themselves in the range of 0.5 to 2 LPM (Liters Per Minute) of continuous oxygen flow. If you also only need oxygen therapy at night, or mostly at night, and you are within this range, the SimplyFlo is the best choice for you. The best advantages to the SimplyFlo are the cost-effectiveness, energy efficiency and the smallest size possible in the current market for a stationary oxygen concentrator.

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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