Thanks everyone for their thoughts and suggestions. I did end up purchasing the Hurricane HE002 kit (including RespiKit® cleaning solution and 5 foot CPAP tube brush) from MVAP in Newbury Park and utilized it to dry my equipment last night. I was very impressed with the product. I did not get home until around 4:30 p.m., read the instructions, and cleaned all my equipment in just a few minutes. The CPAP tube brush was very effective and I could feel it gently rubbing against the inside of my CPAP tube. The RespiSoak fluid seems to be a good product too, but it requires you soak your equipment for at least four hours. I did the math and figured out that my CPAP tube and mask would be ready to dry around 9:30 p.m. I then went out for dinner, returned around 10 p.m., and immediately rinsed my equipment, placed it in the Hurricane dryer and set it for 30 minutes. At the end of the 30 minutes the inside of my CPAP tube, which is 8 feet long, was almost entirely dry! The separate one foot section that connects with my mask was still a little wet on the inside so I plugged it into the outlet and set it for 15 minutes. At the end of 45 (30 + 15) minutes my equipment was completely dry! The only thing that I noticed was a little discoloration (actually residue from the cleaning solution) on the pillow, which I was able to remove by rubbing it with a Citrus II CPAP mask wipe. The instructions for the RespiSoak process recommend using RespiClean™ Respiratory Equipment Towels, which I will do next time before I put equipment in the Hurricane HE for drying.
My ratings are as follows:
Hurricane HE dryer = 5 stars (completely dries equipment in 60 minutes or less as advertised)
CPAP tube brush = 5 stars (You can feel it gently scrubbing the inside of the tube so you know you are agitating the surfaces and cleaning it)
RespiSoak cleaning solution = 4 stars (seems to work well but requires soaking for four hours, so you may keep your current cleaning system)
* RespiSoak is manufactured by MVAP and not Siestamed.
Overall, I'm thrilled with the purchase because it frees me to clean and dry my equipment at my convenience. Before I would need to make sure I cleaned it first thing in the morning because it would take an entire day or more to drip dry. No more hanging hoses off my shower curtain like panty hose. No need to swing the hose around like a lasso to get out the water (I don't have a back yard). As for the cost, I rationalized it as follows:
Number of cleanings per week = 1 or 2
Number of weeks per year = 52
Estimated life of the machine = 5 years (although it may last much longer)
Cost amortized over more than 250 cleanings = very low
Convenience (and personal empowerment derived from me controlling my circumstances rather than my medical condition controlling me) = priceless
The polar bear argument rests on global warming science which is not yet proven. However my guess is the very small amount of heat used to dry CPAP equipment would dissipate very quickly. I'm guessing the manufacture of CPAP hoses and tubes introduces more bi-products to the environment.
Thanks again everyone for their help!