Moving with a waterbed?
In general, moving with a waterbed is a bit more time-consuming than with a regular bed system. Before dismantling the bed, the water mattress must first be emptied (see: How do you dismantle a water bed ? ). After the water bed has been dismantled, care must be taken to ensure that it is not damaged, especially when transporting the water mattress – depending on the design, even after emptying it is relatively heavy and unwieldy.
Many providers of waterbeds not only offer an assembly service for the purchased waterbed but also a moving service, which includes the professional dismantling, transport and reconstruction of the bed. These service offers are often calculated relatively cheaply, so you should consider carefully whether you want to move your waterbed at your own risk or whether you prefer to invest in experienced professionals. If you leave the waterbed moving to third parties, you can also devote yourself to other moving or transport tasks during this time.
Maintenance costs for a waterbed?
When the water bed is “first put into operation”, costs arise from filling it with water. How high these turn out to be depends on the size of the water bed or the volume of the water mattress and thus on the filling quantity. Since the water does not have to be changed with proper care, this is part of the one-time costs – unless it comes to moving or moving the waterbed.
For the maintenance of the waterbed or the maintenance costs, the electricity costs are primarily relevant, which result from the operation of the heating. The heating of a water bed operates on average for about three hours a day in order to keep the temperature of the bed at the desired level. When the bed is “heated up” for the first time, the heater naturally takes longer to reach the desired temperature for the first time (we do not take these costs into account). So let’s stick with the assumed three operating hours per day that the waterbed heater achieves on an annual average. Let us also assume a waterbed with a dual system – i.e. with two water mattresses and two heating systems – and that one heating system has an output of 250W (500W for both). The following calculations are then made for electricity consumption and the associated energy costs:
500W x 3h operating hours = 1500Wh or 1.5kWh
1.5kWh are currently billed at around € 0.42.
€ 0.42 x 360 days = € 151.20
According to our calculation, the power consumption for the exemplary dual waterbed with two heating systems with 250W each is around 540kWh, which results in electricity costs of 151.20 € per year or about 12.60 € per month.
How high the monthly electricity costs for a waterbed are depends on the performance of the heating or heating systems and their operating time. You can actively do something to keep these costs as low as possible. It is fundamentally important that the water mattress is ventilated daily (removal or folding back of the duvet). Ventilating the bedroom should also be a matter of course. If you combine these two “care measures” with each other, in which you ventilate well after getting up in the morning and expose the water mattress in order to then make the bed (duvet completely over the water mattress again) and close the window, you create the best conditions for this that the heating “does not have to exert itself too much” to maintain the temperature. If, on the other hand, you leave the window open all day and, ideally, throw the bedding on the floor, the waterbed heater will do its best to bring the bed up to temperature and keep it at that temperature, including the surroundings the heating performance benefits. If you do this regularly, there can be a nasty surprise in the end when the annual electricity bill “flutters” into the house.
In addition to the electricity costs, you should also include the costs for the conditioner (once a year around ten euros) and, if necessary, for cleaning the top plate or the water mattress cover (approx. Four times a year around 25.00 € to 30.00, 00 €). If the top plate is designed so that it can be cleaned in the washing machine at home, the costs are of course reduced.
Waterbed if you are overweight?
Many overweight people have problems with their backs or joints. In such painful conditions, water beds are ideal as a sleeping pad. Overweight people can improve their sleep quality with a waterbed that is specifically tailored to their needs and designed to cope with greater stress. Which bed is the optimal solution in which case is very different from one individual to the next, so that one should definitely seek professional advice on the selection. In this context, it is also very important that the water bed is filled correctly in order to prevent sagging (see: Water bed too soft? ) And resting (see: Water bed too hard?)) to prevent.