ChiliPad Bed Temperature Control System
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- Twin XL mattress pad
- control unit
The ChiliPad has a 3 year warranty and a 90 Night Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are dissatisfied with your ChiliPad within 90 nights from the purchase date, we will take back the product and refund the purchase price.
How it Works?
The ChiliPad uses heated and cooled water to manage surface temperature on the mattress pad. Fill the control unit with water and set your desired temperature. Semiconductor technology within the control unit heats or chills the water and uses an electric pump to move the fluid through soft coils in the mattress pad. As your body begins to cool, water is recirculated back into the control unit and the process is repeated throughout the night. There are no electrical components within the mattress pad and all cooling is done in the ChiliPad control unit. The control unit is virtually silent. A six foot tube runs from the mattress pad and connects to the control unit. If you need to place the machine further away, an extension adapter is also available (sold separately). The ChiliPad comes with a wireless controller that allows you to change temperature and features while the control unit is out of reach.
Temperature and Sleep
Room temperature can play a significant role in sleep. Sleep professionals generally agree the ideal ambient temperature should be slightly cool and between 54 to 75 degrees. Our own body temperature begins to lower when we reach Stage 2 of our sleep cycle and people generally experience more "almost-awake" episodes when temperatures prevent quality sleep. Use the ChiliPad to personalize your own environment and find the perfect balance between the ambient temperature and the mattress pad.
As an added benefit, the ChiliPad allows users to lower their monthly energy costs. Unlike typical floor and ceiling fans, the ChiliPad provides convection cooling directly under the body and reduces heat normally trapped between you and the bedsheets. ChiliPad users can set their nightly thermostat temperatures as much as 8 degrees higher than normal. An air conditioner accounts for 45% of energy costs for the average home with monthly electric bill of $500.00 dollars. A temperature change of 7 degrees while using the ChiliPad (moving temperature from 68 to 75 degrees at night) can lead to an estimated annual saving of $1,134.00 dollars. Recover the cost of the ChiliPad in just a few months and start saving on energy.
This Product Includes...
Control Unit Dimensions 12"x 7.5"x 9"
Temperature Range 46ºF - 118ºF
Mattress Pad 150 thread count poly cotton with polyester fill and medical grade silicone tubing
Power 110 volt; 80 watts continuous; 150 watts peak
Sound 20 dBa
Water Capacity approximately 2 liters
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Limited Express Warranty Coverage: The ChiliPad control unit is serviceable up to three years from the date of purchase. The ChiliPad mattress pad is covered separately and is warrantied up to one year from the date of purchase. Please contact CPAP.com at 800.356.5221 to obtain a Return Authorization Number for repair.
In House Testing Experience
This product was first reviewed by a CPAP.com employee and recommended as a stocked item. The ChiliPad works exactly as advertised. No instructions were needed and setup was easy. On the first night, the temperature was set to 65 degrees and the unit read 69 degrees in the morning. The unit was several more nights and by the third night the control unit was set to 56 degrees and was reading 60 degrees at night and 58 degrees in the morning.
CPAP.com carries ONLY the Twin XL size. Each unit should be considered personal and will provide adequate cooling for one user. Spouses and partners may need an additional unit to experience 100% effectiveness when attempting to save energy and raise their average nightly ambient temperature.
Let me start by saying that the ChiliPad obviously isn't for everyone, considering the price. But for some people (like me), it's close to perfect. I'll mention some VERY minor imperfections at the end of this review, but the rest of this review will be glowing, because I REALLY like this product. In a moment I'll go into the details of how the ChiliPad actually feels, but first some context: Some of us can only get a good night's sleep when the temperature is "just right." And often times our preferred temperature is dramatically different from the person we sleep with. This means that one of us piles on covers to keep warm, while the other throws off covers in an often vain attempt at getting cool enough. The ChiliPad comes to the rescue! In my case, I use it to cool down my side of the bed, which allows us to keep the room temperature warm so my wife doesn't have to use every blanket in the house. But the ChiliPad can also be used to warm up the bed, so during the winter, we may decide to switch it to her side of the bed. The ChiliPad is basically a matress cover that has water flowing through it. But that's just a technical description. Don't imagine something like an inflatable mattress or something like that - when you're laying on it, it feels basically like any other mattress pad. You don't really even notice there's water running through it. In my case, we have a "Sleep Number" bed, "king" size. We currently have only one ChiliPad, "twin" size, so I just lay it on my side of the mattress, on top of the normal mattress pad, but underneath our normal fitted mattress sheet. It works perfectly that way. Now on to how the ChiliPad actually feels. I haven't used it to warm up the bed, but I think it's easy enough to imagine what that would feel like. I was concerned that cooling down the bed would feel strange somehow - like sleeping on an ice pad or something. But it's nothing like that at all. The ChiliPad feels wonderful. You set the desired temperature using an easy-to-use remote control (which I'll describe below). When the temperature is only a little cooler than normal, I barely notice it. But often times this is enough to stop me from sweating all night, and that's just what the doctor ordered. Other times I set it significantly cooler than normal, and, as ESPN's Stuart Scott is fond of saying, it's "cool as the other side of the pillow." And unlike the pillow, it stays that way! The odd thing about setting the ChiliPad to a cooler temperature is that I still use blankets. Obviously you don't have to, but I find this the perfect combination. The bottom line is it just works. Plain and simple, just as promised. I mentioned the remote control. It's great. In the middle of the night, with the lights out, I can grab the remote from my bedside table and press a button, any button, and the remote's display lights up. It doesn't matter what button you press, because it ignores the first button press except to light up the remote. This is a great feature, which makes it simple to get the remote's display to light up, yet prevents you from making accidental changes to your settings. Once the remote's display has lit up, it shows the current temperature setting in degrees (68, 72, etc.). There's a button to make it warmer and one to make it cooler, and they're located on the very left or right of the remote, which makes them easy to find in the dark. Pressing either button changes the temperature by one degree each time you press it. When you get it to your desired temperature, you press the "enter" button, which is right in the middle of the remote (easy to find with the lights off), and the machine beeps once to acknowledge your command. The remote also allows you to set the "sleep time", which basically tells it when to turn off automatically. So if you want it to shut off during the night, you use this feature. Now for a few minor quibbles: 1) Near as I can tell, there's no way to turn off the lighted display on the main unit. This is not a problem for me, since I'm able to put the main unit under the bed. But if I couldn't do that - if I had to put it beside the bed for instance - then the lighted display might bother me during the night, since it's quite bright. 2) When you press "Enter" on the remote control, or you turn the unit on or off using the remote control, the machine beeps to acknowledge the instruction. The beep is loud (at least in the middle of the night), and sounds exactly like a pager. My wife has a pager, and sometimes it wakes her up and she thinks she's gotten a page. I calm her down quickly enough, but I wish the beep wasn't so loud. Or better yet, they could eliminate the beep by having the display on the remote momentarily change from showing the temperature to saying "OK" or something like that. 3) When the fan in the machine comes on, it's not exactly quiet. It's not unbearably loud, but it's not quiet. I got used to it pretty quickly. Your mileage may vary. 4) On my machine, I found it too easy to accidentally over-tighten the cap on the water reservoir. It's not that big a deal, since all that happens is it makes a "click" and it goes from being tight back to being loose, and I have to keep turning it until it gets tight again. Maybe they consider this a feature, so that you don't tighten it so tight that you can't get it open later. I guess that's a real possibility - if so, I wish they would say that somewhere so I know I'm not doing something wrong. As I said, these are very minor quibbles. Just things that keep the ChiliPad from being 100% perfect, instead of 99.9%. I whole-heartedly recommend the ChiliPad to anyone with temperature issues during sleep. A good night's sleep is critical to a happy life, and in my opinion, the price is well worth it. more...
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LOVE this product!!!! I used to wake up sweaty all the time even with my a/c set on 68 and a large fan blowing on high with a sheet or thin blanket only. Now I can use a regular comforter and I am feeling GREAT!!!!!!!!! If you get heated when you sleep, then this is definitely for YOU! LOVE IT!!!! more...
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