Getting Started with Home Oxygen Concentrators Video
Learn About Selecting a Home Oxygen ConcentratorsHome concentrators are very robust and with routine maintenance will often run efficiently for 20,000 to 30,000 hours. Routine maintenance includes keeping the air intake clean and periodically cleaning and/or replacing the filters.
The oxygen generating capacity (liters per minute of oxygen flow) of a home concentrator is most typically 5 liters per minute. The vast majority of oxygen users are prescribed dosages between 1 and 5 liters per minute. The largest commercially available home concentrator delivers 10 liters per minute. Although it is fairly rare, patients needing over 10 liters per minute can bundle units together for increased oxygen delivery.
Relatively new to the market are super small (around 10 lb) home concentrators. These units will run on AC (wall outlet) or DC (cigarette lighter) power and are so light that it is easy to move them from room to room or put them in the car for travel. They currently only support oxygen flow rates up to 2 liters per minute.
The medical grade oxygen produced from a home concentrator is delivered in what was earlier described as continuous flow. This means that the oxygen is continuously flowing through the cannula to the patient’s nostrils. Most doctors recommend and prescribe continuously flowing oxygen for nocturnal (night time) use.
The settings on a stationary concentrator are very self-explanatory. Other than the power button the primary adjustment on most units is a flow tube with a knob on the bottom. This knob adjusts the liter flow per minute. For more updated stationary units, you’ll be able to adjust the settings via “+” and “-” buttons. Plus to increase settings and the minus to decrease.
It is not uncommon for a patient with sleep apnea to also be on oxygen therapy. Patients using a CPAP or BiPAP and on oxygen therapy connect their sleep apnea device to the home concentrator on continuous flow.
Home Concentrators Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a home oxygen concentrator last?
The life of an home oxygen concentrator can vary due to a multitude of factors including humidity, elevation. The best way to elongate your concentrator's life is to take proper care of it. Refer to your owners manual for your specific unit's maintenance...
Does a home oxygen concentrator need to be cleaned?
Yes, like any piece of equipment cleaning them is very important in sustaining the device. Make sure to refer to your owner's manual for proper cleaning and maintenance instructions. If you do not have your user's manual you may find a copy of it here...
How many watts does a home concentrator use?
The wattage a stationary oxygen concentrator will use depends on its size, and the setting it's on. For example, the small Inogen 5L Concentrator can use as much as 275 watts (2 LPM) while the Respironics Millenium 10 can use an average of 600 watts. ...
How safe is home oxygen?
Home oxygen is very safe, make sure to use your oxygen solutions in the appropriate settings.
How much does a home concentrator cost?
New home oxygen concentrators vary in pricing and usually cost between $595 and $2000 depending on batteries and other accessories. Customers can opt to purchase a used home oxygen concentrator, with prices that range from $395 to $1500 depending...
What home oxygen concentrators are the quietest?
Depending on the a stationary oxygen concentrator, you can get the oxygen you need without all the noise by choosing from the quietest home oxygen concentrators on the market. The Quietest Home/Stationary Oxygen Concentrators Those who require higher...
What is the CAIRE Companion 5 cost?
The CAIRE Companion 5 Home Oxygen Concentrator was released in the Spring of 2014, and pricing is based upon warranty length. Please call us at 877.774.9271 to get pricing for the CAIRE Companion 5 Basic Package. The Basic Package includes Companion ...
What is the Respironics EverFlo cost?
The Philips Respironics EverFlo Home Oxygen Concentrator was released in 2010, and pricing is based upon OPI, decibel level and warranty length. Please call us at 877.774.9271 to get pricing for the Respironics EverFlo Basic Package. The Basic Package...
What is the Inogen at Home 5L cost?
The Inonen at Home 5L Oxygen Concentrator was released in 2016, and pricing is based upon warranty length. Please call us at 877.774.9271 to get pricing for the Inonen at Home 5L Basic Package. The Basic Package includes 5L unit (GS-100), nasal cannula...
What is the Invacare Perfecto cost?
The Invacare Perfecto Home Oxygen Concentrator was released in 2011, and pricing is based upon warranty length. Please call us at 877.774.9271 to get pricing for the Invacare Perfecto Basic Package. The Basic Package includes Perfecto unit (IRC5PO2V), ...