Air mattresses are no longer just the ones you keep in the attic or closet and pull out during the holidays when family or guests visit.
Advances in technology over the last few decades have brought air mattresses and beds to the forefront of the industry. In 1981, Comfortaire began manufacturing and marketing air mattresses that looked and performed like conventional mattresses (innerspring), but allow for adjustable firmness. Air mattresses are more durable than ever before and provide fully adjustable levels of support and comfort. Air mattresses can now be considered as a legitimate alternative to innerspring coil mattresses; they now look and feel like a traditional mattress.
Modern Air Mattress Design-
Modern air mattresses have an inner core of support, but instead of metal coils, the support comes from air contained in specially designed chambers. The core is molded out of vulcanized rubber, giving the mattress the strength and durability to support the sleepers weight. The sleeper can adjust the support to fit their taste through the use of a remote control that adds or releases air via an electric pump. The air mattress can be made as soft or as firm as the sleeper desires, depending on their mood or how their body feels from day to day. Air mattresses even allow for different levels of support for each separate side of the bed. Sleep number beds use the split core air mattress technology allowing for different levels of support to fit each sleepers preference.
A Variety of Choices-
Air mattresses come in a variety of models ranging from 7 inch high varieties at the more modest end of the scale to deluxe options that are 15 inches deep and contain several types of foam, pillow tops and digitally programmable pumps for individual pressure settings.
Air bladder construction ranges form a single simple polyethylene bag to complex internally baffled multi-chamber latex with bonded cotton exteriors that mirror what conventional high end mattresses look like. The options available today match anything available for other types of mattresses available on the market.
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