Oxygen Concentrators and Heat Don't Mix – Summer Concentrator Safety

Just like any other type of electronic, or piece of medical equipment that you depend on, there are things you should know about the proper safety precautions for your oxygen concentrators. With the approaching hottest months of the year for much of the country, you will need to consider how your oxygen concentrator will fair out in the high temperatures. High heat, and especially flames near your unit, can be extremely dangerous, as well as harmful.

Maximum Operational and Storage Temperatures

The maximum operational temperatures vary between the different models. The maximum operational temperature is the highest temperature at which the oxygen concentrator will run safely. If it gets hotter than that, but the oxygen concentrator is not running, it won't be harmful to the machine, or to you while you are using it. Using it while the temperature is above the maximum operational temperature will damage the inner system and the batteries, if it uses batteries.

The maximum storage temperature is the highest temperature at which the oxygen concentrator can be store, and still function properly later. You can find the maximum operational temperature and the maximum storage temperature in the owners manual that came with your oxygen concentrator under the specifications, or on the individual product pages on our website.

How to Use Your Oxygen Concentrator During High Heat

It's important to use your oxygen concentrator indoors, in an air conditioned or otherwise cool area that is well below the maximum operational temperature. Not only is it more comfortable and safe for you, but it will help your oxygen concentrator have a longer life.

The best and most comfortable temperature range, as well as the safest for your machine, is between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have to use your portable oxygen concentrator outdoors, find a shaded area under some trees or by a building. Keep an eye on the weather to make sure it won't be near the maximum operational temperature, and plan your day around when it will be safe for you to use your concentrator outdoors.

Stay Away from Open Flames

Open flames and sources of heat are also dangerous while using an oxygen concentrator. You definitely should never smoke a cigarette, or be near smokers while using your oxygen concentrator. As a general rule, you will need to stay at least 15 feet away from lit cigarettes. You should stay further away from things like gas or electric stoves, space heaters and camp fires.

You can join the fun around the camp fire once you've finished using your oxygen concentrator. While it's not in use, it should still be no less than 8 away from heat sources to protect it from getting too hot and ruining the outside of the concentrator.

About Ryan Anthony: Ryan Anthony, BS, RRT is a registered respiratory therapist and content writer and medical blogger currently located in Los Angeles, California. As a Respiratory Therapist, he performs a wide range of hospital duties including adult and neonatal intensive care, nitric oxide therapy, high-frequency oscillatory ventilation, conventional mechanical ventilation, noninvasive ventilation, BiPAP, CPAP, intubation assistance, bronchoscopy assistance, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, chest physiotherapy, and nebulizer therapy.

6 thoughts on “Oxygen Concentrators and Heat Don't Mix – Summer Concentrator Safety”

  • Lauren

    I live in AZ. I no longer use my oxygen concentrator, so I store it in the garage. I'm concerned about safety this summer as the temps can get as high as 118. Will this be a fire hazard at all? My garage is not air conditioned. Thanks.

    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, Lauren. It is certainly unsafe for your machine to be at extreme temperatures. Please refer to your owners manual for your specific oxygen machine to see it's individual temperature limitations and safety. Concentrator's that are left in extreme weather, whether it be cold or hot, can easily begin to become damaged and unsafe to use.

  • Sandy Evans

    The AC is not working in the house, I’m on oxygen. I’m kinda weak. Is it bec of not enough oxygen?

    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman August 2, 2018 at 7:26 am

      If you have a pulse oximeter at home check your oxygen saturation levels. If your oxygen levels are low consult with your doctor. Heat can sometimes take the energy out of you as well.

  • Karla Sageth

    i live in an one room apt. i have a bigger concentrator that heats up the whole apt. can i put it in the patio through the day? i live in houston texas

    • Ed Rodgers

      It likely would be fine but the one thing to be mindful is the dust and outside dirt in the air might require more frequent cleaning of the machine and the filters. Also if you machine is running warmer than you remember, it might need to be serviced if it has not been done in a while.


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