Waterbed Heaters - Temperature Control System
If you are thinking of purchasing a new waterbed, there is one thing you may not have considered.
Because a waterbed is filled with water (naturally), you are going to need to heat it.
While in the hot summer months you may not wish to heat your waterbed, you most certainly will on the cold nights of the fall and winter months.
Whether you have a hardside or softside waterbed, you're going to need to heat it.
So, what is used to heat a waterbed?
Waterbed heaters, or temperature control systems, come in both solid state and digital styles.
The components of a waterbed heater include thermostat control, temperature sensor, power cord, and a heater pad.
A heating pad is generally made of vinyl or rubber, and the pad is placed under the waterbed mattress and safety liner.
You can control the temperature from your bedside with the thermostat control, should you wish to raise or lower the temperature while in bed.
If you are filling your waterbed for the first time, it will take about a day or more to bring the heat up to a comfortable level.
The colder the water that the mattress is filled with, the longer it will take to heat. If you can fill it with warm water (never fill with hot water), it won't take as long to heat. A general rule of thumb is 3-6 degrees of heating per 24 hours, but of course the beginning temp of the water will make all the difference.
We recommend that you allow 24-48 hours for the bed to heat to a desirable temperature. It's also a good idea to place blankets and bedding on the waterbed while it's heating, to help retain the heat. A good temperature to set your heater control is 85 degrees to begin with, and then adjust as per your individual needs.
Where the heating pad is placed is an important thing to consider. As already mentioned, the pad is to be inserted under the mattress and safety liner. You can also place it near the foot of the bed, making it more comfortable for when one wishes to sit up in bed to watch TV or read. If there is more than one person sleeping in a waterbed, it may make good sense to place the pad nearer the person who dislikes the cold the most. Regardless, the pad will heat the water for the whole bed, basically wherever it is placed. Many people will place the heating pad below the middle of the mattress.
One more thing to consider....climbing into a nice warm and toasty bed is something that most regular bed users don't enjoy.
Here at My Waterbed Shop, our heaters come with either a standard 4 year warranty, 5 year warranty, or a with lifetime replacement warranty.
We also have a specialized heater that is voltage rated for European countries. All our heaters are tested and calibrated before they are shipped to you, and are fully waterproof, grounded and insulated for your safety. The modern heater is both very safe and energy efficient, so it won't be too hard on your electric bill either.
Read more about waterbed heaters:
Guide for replacing your waterbed heater
Mistakes to avoid with a waterbed heater