A Buyer’s Guide to High Altitude Room Oxygenation Systems

Altitude sickness and restless sleep are some of the most common problems travelers face in places with higher altitudes. At these elevations, the reduced atmospheric pressure reduces the concentration of oxygen in the air, forcing the body to compensate, giving rise to altitude sickness and High Altitude Periodic Breathing.

Mountain home owners can enjoy a more comfortable stay by introducing higher levels of oxygen inside their homes, while athletes in training can simulate low-altitude conditions during training sessions to deliver more impact. If you own a mountain home or are an athlete with plans to travel to the mountains for training, then researching altitude training equipment and oxygenation systems may be a good idea. 

As the leading provider of altitude simulation technologies, Altitude Control Technology has put together a Buyer’s Guide that aids your decision-making process. Check out our Buyer’s Guide for Oxygenation Solutions below, which contains a checklist of what to look for in a system.

The Problem

So, you took the leap and invested in a mountain home that would serve as your retreat from the hustle and bustle of the big city. With such a significant investment, naturally, you’ll be excited to spend time at your high-altitude home to breathe in the fresh air and make the most of that investment. However, it can be disheartening to find that you feel uneasy and uncomfortable inside your mountain home, leading to a feeling of restless sleep.

Restless sleep is a common problem among mountain home owners and vacationers, caused by the reduced oxygen levels at altitude. Even at 6,000 feet above sea level, the brain’s sleep center is disrupted due to a lack of oxygen caused by lower atmospheric pressure – a condition known as High Altitude Periodic Breathing. When this occurs, many people struggle to get a good night’s rest, while others may experience additional symptoms such as headaches and an upset stomach.

The Solution

Home oxygenation offers an elegant solution to a common yet simple problem. High-altitude homes are equipped with altitude simulators capable of controlling the oxygen and nitrogen levels inside any room equipped with weather-sealed doors and windows. ACT’s state-of-the-art system has sensors that monitor the oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide levels, which are continuously adjusted by special controllers to accurately replicate atmospheric conditions at any given altitude.

Studies have shown that oxygen supplementation helps alleviate the effects of High Altitude Periodic Breathing, helping you enjoy a good night’s sleep and improve your quality of life while at altitude. 

Benefits of Altitude Simulators and Home Oxygenation Systems

  • Altitude Controllers can replicate sea-level conditions even at altitude, creating an oxygen-rich environment inside your mountain home.
  • Sleeping in an oxygen-rich environment restores the body’s ability to function throughout the next day.
  • Supplemental oxygen inside your mountain home can help you and your family recover from the effects of High Altitude Sickness through faster acclimatization to altitude.
  • Reduces stress and improves critical thinking abilities thanks to restful evenings.
  • Increased rest inside a clean, oxygen-rich environment promotes a healthy immune system.
  • Suppresses the body’s ghrelin production and stimulates leptin production, which encourages weight loss.

What to Look For in a Home Oxygenation System

Use the following checklist to determine what qualities to look for when searching for an oxygenation system for your mountain home:

  • Ease of use.  Must have the ability to set your desired altitude via a graphical user interface touchscreen and be controlled with a mobile device.
  • The system must have sensors capable of measuring both oxygen content and barometric pressure to ensure true altitude simulation. 
  • The system has redundancies in place and must be able to self-calibrate to prevent false readings.
  • The system measures and reacts to changes in atmospheric pressure to safely and accurately deliver the right amount of oxygen.
  • The system is safe and will not create a fire hazard by following the National Fire Protection Association’s code 99B section standard for safe levels of oxygen (the denominator of their equation includes atmospheric pressure).
  • The system has been vetted by independent third parties with subject matter expertise.
  • The system sources fresh air outside and not from a crawl space or mechanical room. 
  • The oxygen concentrator must separate oxygen and nitrogen, expelling nitrogen outside to prevent the creation of a hypoxic environment.
  • The air units must be durable and long-lasting, capable of logging more than 15,000 hours of use per machine.
  • Local service and support is available.
  • You should be able to check references from other high altitude customers.

The Leader in Altitude Simulation Technology

Altitude Control Technology is the leading provider of altitude training equipment and oxygen control systems. Designed for real-world applications, our smart oxygenation systems respond to real-time conditions in your home, such as barometric pressure and the weather, to give you the best night’s sleep possible. 

Unlike other oxygenators, ACT’s state-of-the-art technology delivers true altitude simulation, effectively replicating conditions at or near sea level. It blends seamlessly with any decor and remains completely silent, working hard in the background to give you maximum comfort.

ACT incorporates safety, effectiveness, and expertise in our systems. Learn why ACT is the sole supplier of altitude control solutions by the U.S. Government. Contact us today to get a quote!