What to Look for When Purchasing a Down Comforter

What to Look for When Purchasing a Down Comforter

When constructing the bed of dreams, you will hopefully be quite literally up to your ears in down. Down is the best naturally occurring insulator in the world, which explains how it is able to insulate arctic birds. The structure of a down feather traps air, which is then warmed by body heat, creating the perfect recipe to fill a comforter. There can be a lot of complicated factors that go into selecting the right down comforter for your home, but we have broken it down into the two areas we think are the most important factors to look for when purchasing a down comforter.

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FILL POWER

Have you heard the classic adage, “which weighs more, a pound of bricks or a pound of feathers?” While you obviously wouldn’t fill a down comforter with bricks, this playful riddle inadvertently demonstrates the essence of down fill power. In other words, a pound of bricks and a pound of feathers weigh the same but don’t fill the same space because their volumes are different. The numerical denomination associated with down, its down fill power, is based on a scale ranging from 550 to 800+. Operating on a given weight, 1 ounce, the scale was established to demonstrate volume. Basically, fill power, or “loft,” is a measurement of the quality of down products. Down comforters with great loft have fluffy clusters of down that have the power to fill the comforter with fewer ounces than inferior types of down. Down comforters with high fill power listed on the package are lighter and warmer than down comforters with less fill power listed on the label. Remember, it’s not the ounces that are important, it’s the fill power of the down.

TYPES OF DOWN

The down fill power scale exists because clusters of down vary in shape and size due to variations in bird size. Firstly, down feathers are found only on the undercoating of waterfowl like ducks and geese (their topcoat of feathers being used for flight and water dispersion). Landfowl, such as turkey, chicken, pheasant, and quail do not have an undercoating of down. Secondly, a duck and goose are different sized animals, producing varying down cluster sizes based not only on animal size but also on a given animal’s maturity. Another consideration for down involves ecosystems. These animals live in varying climates, their down protects them from differing degrees of climatic severity. Animals living and migrating in a mild climate don’t need as much protection as those living in the Arctic Circle, and so they do not have the same formation of down clusters. So a mature goose’s down cluster will be larger, warmer and more lavish than its smaller duck counterparts, making Siberian goose down a better product than European duck down.

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As part of our winter white sale we are pleased to offer 20% off all Scandia Home products, including their down pillows and comforters. When choosing Scandia Home products, the down fill powers are made wholly of goose down that start no lower than 600. As you ascend their product tiers, from Copenhagen to Prague to St. Petersburg, the down clusters continue to get larger, resulting in warmer and lighter feeling bedding.

To take advantage of the Scandia Home Winter White Sale just enter Scandia promo code WHITESALE20 at checkout.

This promotion runs from January 3rd to January 30th, 2015

written by David Vanderpool

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