Waterbed Mattress Guide
There are 3 types of waterbeds. Hardside waterbeds, Softside waterbeds and Softside tube waterbeds. The hardside waterbed is the original type, the waterbed mattress sits directly in a strong wooden surround that provides side support. The whole thing rests on a square base, between the mattress and the frame there is a safety lining that can catch any water in the event of a leak. The more modern style waterbed is called a Softside waterbed. With this type, the waterbed mattress or tube system is supported at the side by a foam edging and zippered mattress cover. The support from this foam edge ensures that a Soft-side waterbed can stand alone or can be fitted into an existing bedframe. They are available in varing depths, cover qualities and with or without waterbed heaters.
There are different types of waterbed mattresses, The first waterbeds were made of a smooth PVC film that contained only water. These mattresses are called unstabilised or free-flow mattresses. Various methods are used nowadays to dampen the after movement of the watermattress. The use of cylinders, compartments or fibre mats allow watermattresses of different stability grades to be made. Which stability grade to use is a matter of personal choice. It is important to make sure that the level of stability does not affect the pure sense of sleeping on water.
Most waterbed manufacturers guarantee 5 years but the actual life is much longer and heavily depends on how well the sleeping system is looked after. The life of a waterbed mattress depends, of course, on the type of vinyl used and the quality of the seams. Furthermore, the foam edges are subject to wear and tear. So, it is best to choose a system in which the edges can later be replaced separately if need be. Because the vinyl of a watermattress ages (even if it is not used), it is important to choose a waterbed that is only made after you’ve placed your order and has not been lying in storage for years. Finally, the important factor is that the support element in a watermattress is the water itself. Water does not wear and tear. So, the comfort and the supporting properties of a watermattress do not change over the years, in contrast to the properties of a traditional mattress.
All waterbed mattresses will make noise after filling but once all the air has been removed from the watermattress, a waterbed makes no more noise. The very stable construction of a waterbed and the fact that the weight of water keeps it firmly in its place means that there is no more of that irritating creaking traditional bed constructions can produce.
All waterbed can leak but the likelihood of this is very small, particularly with superior brand products. Current production methods, after all, guarantee robust seams and most waterbeds have reinforced corners. All waterbeds are fitted with a safety liner that ensures that in the event of a leak, no water can run out of your bed.
The water in a watermattress only needs to be changed if you move it. A conditioner is added at regular intervals to prevent growth of algae and bacteria in your watermattress.
Every waterbed has its ideal volume of water, determined by the height of the mattress, the shape of the mattress and the weight of the users. How firm a mattress feels depends more on the stabilisation system used and any extra pelvic support there is in the watermattress. Most makes offer various grades of stabilisation and you can choose the one that suits you best.
Waterbed Heater Guide
Waterbeds are almost always heated by a specially designed heating element. Usually the water temperature is set at skin temperature, which is normally around 28 ºC. Good heating elements, however, allow you to set the temperature accurately, so that you can adjust it however you like. That pleasant warmth is one of the properties of a waterbed that is most appreciated.
Our heaters are made by Halcyon, long regarded as the leader in the waterbed industry. The unique design is simple to use, as the control is mounted to the side of your frame. The thermostat dial is large, and easy to read. Halcyon also now offers the Omega a more efficient heater and the control remains in the waterbed frame. This unique design allows the control to be in direct contact with your water bag allowing a more precise temperature control, Therefore saving you on your electricity bills, this is also offered as a 220v European model as well.
Waterbed heating comprises a heating mat and an adjustable thermostat. The heating mat is installed under the watermattress and is connected to the thermostat, which is sited outside the bed. All our waterbed heaters have a heat sensor built into the element itself and are electrically safeguarded, sheiled and CSA approved.
A waterbeds electrical consumption averages only about 1 kWh per day but the exact figure depends on the size of the bed, the temperature of the bedroom, how well-insulating your quilt is, etc.
You must not turn off your heating system because even at room temperature is not usually sufficient to keep the water in your waterbed up to temperature. Your waterbed heating, however, will only come on very occasionally in the summer and so will use far less electricity. By setting the temperature a few degrees lower, you can make a waterbed very pleasantly cool on a hot night. A water temperature of 25 ºC should be considered the minimum.
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