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posted: 2/20/2010 12:01 AM

Selecting right comforter will lead to a better night

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By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann

Brrr. It sure is cold! With the frigid temperatures outside, it's becoming increasingly necessary to talk about how to keep warm at night without raising the costly electric heater. Piling on the right comforter can be the answer. But what is the right comforter, and how much will it cost? Let's explore.

The Company Store wants to help with this and has come up with questions that will help you decide on the best comforter for you.

•What is the temperature of the room you sleep in? If the room tends to be warm, such as 74 F or above, go for a lightweight comforter, as it has less filling. If you prefer keeping the room colder so you can cozy up under the covers - and so you can keep the thermostat down, thereby saving a little money - then get a comforter with extra fill. This will keep you warm during cold nights even if the temperature in the room drops below 62. The ultra-warm comforters from The Company Store range in price from $89 to $189.

•Do you have allergies? Allergies are common and a goose-down comforter might not be the best idea for those sensitive to traditional down. A comforter filled with hypoallergenic material should be fine. These are called down-alternative comforters and are said to provide the same level of comfort and warmth without causing allergic reactions.

•What quality of comforter is most appealing to you? A basic comforter generally has a 230-thread count. This type works well when inserted in a duvet. If having to put a comforter in a duvet but then taking it out for laundering purposes sounds a bit too tedious, then go for a comforter that has a minimum of a 300-thread count. This will provide enough softness without the need of a duvet cover. On the other hand, a guest bedroom with a duvet-covered down comforter is ideal if you want both a substantial blanket and the option to coordinate the duvet cover with the rest of the room's decor.

When searching for the right comforter, opt for ones that have a sewn-through box design, which prevents the down from shifting.

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