Why should I consider Down Comforters?
Down comforters provide a lifetime of comfortable and efficient use. Down comforters provide complete freedom of movement in bed only possible because only a down or feather comforter follows the contours of the human body and immediately adapts to changes in the contours. While blankets need to be tucked in or even clutched tightly to guard against winter cold, a down comforter always covers the body evenly, warmly, and above all, lightly. The cozy and luxurious warmth of down is unequaled by the most expensive wool blankets (and they don't itch as much!)
Since the down comforter completely covers the bed, bed-making is simple. A light "fluffing" is all that is required. The comforters themselves need little maintenance. A bit of airing will suffice.
In addition, a down cover (duvet) enables you to redecorate your room by simply changing the cover. The cover is a convenient and economical way to redo the bedroom.
How do down comforters compare with blankets?
It takes at least 14 pounds of heavy wool blankets to equal the warmth of a good down comforter. The down comforter will keep you free from drafts and the restrictive weight of several layers of wool blankets.
Why Down in a Comforter?
There are primarily two types of down: goose and duck. Down is the insulating material that clings to feathers of water fowl. Generally, birds that inhabit a colder climate, and those that spend more of their lives in icy water, grow a better quality down.
Down is the only insulation, both natural and synthetic, that will regulate its density according to temperature. Therefore, it will naturally keep you more comfortable in most climactic conditions.
What is Fill Power in a Down Comforter?
The quality of down is determined by Fill Power. The higher the Fill Power, the better the quality of down comforter. The Fill Power number represents the number of cubic inches one ounce of down occupies in a comforter. One ounce of a 600 Fill Power down comforter will occupy 600 cubic inches. A 300 Fill Power down comforter would require twice as much weight to replicate the loft and warmth of a 600 Fill Power down comforter.
The higher number is not always right for everyone in every climate. That's why we have a huge selection of quality down comforters available online and in our store. If you have any questions, please call or email us anytime!
What is the difference between down and feathers?
Feathers, the principal covering of birds, are of flat, almost two-dimensional construction.
They have a hard, tubular quill shaft from one end to the other. As a 2-D structure, feathers are unable to trap air effectively and therefore have little insulation value.
Feathers are strong as a result of a vane center, however, feathers have little softness value. Down is the light, fluffy undercoating of waterfowl, consisting of clusters of filaments growing from central quill points.
A Down cluster has a quill point but no quill shaft, so it is far more resilient than a feather.
Down is lighter than a feather, it is three-dimensional rather than two and therefore Down has more loft or filling power.
When Down is compressed, a good shake is all it needs to make it bounce right back to its original fluffy loft.
Why is Fill power so important to determining the quality of a down?
Because the big trick to insulation is trapping air. The more air that is trapped, the better insulation you have, If you have a 700 fill power down, that means it will "trap" 700 cubic inches of air. If it is a 550 fill power down, it will only trap 550 cubic inches of air, and require more weight of this fill to equal the warmth of the 700 fill power quality.
A single ounce of Down contains thousands of clusters that trap warm, still air to prevent heat loss. What is Fill Power? Fill Power measures the cubic inches one ounce of a given quality of down will occupy. The more cubic inches one ounce occupies, the better the quality of that down.
Example: Which will occupy more space (i.e. cubic inches), one ounce of cotton balls or one ounce of salt? The cotton, of course.