Trying to sleep in hot weather leaves many of us tossing and turning drenched in our own sweat. Other than spending a lot of money running your air conditioner night after night try some of these cool, environmentally friendly gadgets that will help you sleep easy. Sleep experts believe the ideal sleep temperature is between 60 and 68 degrees any temperature above 75 and below 54 will disrupt sleep. Achieving the ideal room temperature during a heat wave isn’t always affordable.
The ChiliPad is a way to regulate your body temperature using high tech, temperature controlled technology that keeps you cool during the summer or warm in the winter. Controlled by the touch of a button using a remote control unit your ChiliPad uses a unique water circulation system to cool your mattress using only 80W of energy on average and saving 4-8% of your electric bill. The Chili Pad has hidden channels of soft silicon tubing filled with circulating water. The water is pumped through a small temperature-modifying box that will sit on your floor. After four minutes the pad is chilled. ChiliPad also provides individual controls if your partner prefers a different temperature. There are also eight types of ChiliPads to fit your bed size with dual or single controls and an optional timer for those that don’t want their pad to run all night. The ChiliPad not only helps those through the hot nights of summer but those that suffer from hot flashes and night sweats any time of year.
Although ChiliPad is a little expensive as it can range from 399.00 for a single controlled twin bed to 999.00 for a dual controlled king over time it will make up for your additional utility costs running your air conditioner. Another less expensive alternative is the Lasko Tower Fan with remote control runs for as little as $59.99. The slim tower tucks neatly into corners or beside bedroom furniture generating three different airflow speeds, while its wide-are oscillation function ensures covering the entire room. The cooling session can be set to turn off after 30 minutes or up to 7 ½ hours. An added plus for those that suffer from allergies this fan also features a fresh air ionizer that has separate controls will infuse the room with negative ions for healthier, more breathable air. This multi-function fan measures 13 x 13 x 42 and carries a one-year limited warranty.
Other fan options are the Holmes 32-inch Tower Fan for $49.99 and the non-blade table fan Dyson AM01 Air Multiplier that runs $299.00 uses its patented technology to generate powerful airflow to cool effectively. No blades mean it is safe to use in your child’s bedroom. Dyson touts that the smooth airflow from this fan will make you feel cooler so your air conditioning can be turn down saving you up to 20% of your energy bills. This modern fan comes with a 2 year warranty, parts and labor guaranteed!
Chillow Pillow sells for $29.99 or less depending where you purchase it, is a thin, very soft, medical-grade, non-electric thermo-regulated gadget designed to keep your pillow cool without adding to your utility costs. Used to cool down your head if you suffer from headaches to hot flashes and even has been applied to tired feet and relieve sunburns as this pillow is designed to match you cooling needs as it adjusts to your body temperature. How can you make the Chillow the coolest it can be? Using it along with a fan provides the air flow it needs to cool it down or you can make it super cool by putting into the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes.
What I was thinking about doing to keep my energy costs down is getting a mini air conditioning unit for my bedroom while turning up or off the house air conditioner at night. The Frigidaire FRA052XT7 5,000-BTU Mini Window Air Conditioner on sale at Amazon for $125.60 is perfect for a room up to 150 feet. It keeps you cool and stays quiet to keep you asleep all night long.
A portable air conditioner can be rolled from room to room and can keep a 250 square foot living space cool if it is 9,000 BTU. The SPT Portable Air Conditioner, 9000 BTUs, WA-9000E for $250.00 can be used as a humidifier and a fan while the unit’s Self-Evaporating Technology extracts water from the air, recycles it and used to cool the coils. It has a 24 hour timer and a limited 1-year warranty. Portable AC units can be noisy and may need a condensate pail emptied periodically.
The gadget of all gadgets is The Nest which is a programmable home thermostat that over time learns your program patterns and adjusts your home temperature automatically. If you go away for the weekend The Nest senses your absence and adjusts the temperature. Also if you left for a couple hours and want to raise your AC from 68 to 78 to save a few dollars, The Nest can be controlled via an app for iOS and Android smartphones or from your computer. The Nest is $249.00.
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