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Duvet vs. sheets?

Postby britishblondie » Sun, 13 Jul 2014 8:29 pm

Hi everyone

With the humidity and heat of SG do you advise buying a thin duvet or sheets for the bed?

Thanks for your help

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Postby JR8 » Sun, 13 Jul 2014 9:33 pm

Depends. When you are new here you tend to believe you have to have air-con on. When you use air-con, then you want to sleep under something, or by around 3am the room is like a fridge and it can wake you up.

Once you're here a while I suggest aiming for not using the air-con at all or you'll never acclimatise (besides it costs $ to run, and gives you congestion). A couple of hours to pre-cool a bedroom before sleeping on hot nights is ok, or have it on a timer for maybe 2-3hrs.

Getting a typical floor-standing fan ($30-40) keeps you cool enough once you're acclimatised, that's with all windows in your place ajar, and doors open. Then wear the minimum, if anything in bed. And maybe have a sheet, or blanket within reach if the night happens to turn chilly.

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Postby maneo » Mon, 14 Jul 2014 9:22 am

JR8 wrote:And maybe have a sheet, or blanket within reach if the night happens to turn chilly.

It did get a bit chilly last week.
Must have gone all the way down to 24°C.
Had to get under the duvet.
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Postby zzm9980 » Mon, 14 Jul 2014 9:35 am

Duvet cover (no inside) only tends to work. Some nights, even less, especially if you run with no A/C.

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Postby Beeroclock » Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:24 am

JR8 wrote:Depends. When you are new here you tend to believe you have to have air-con on. When you use air-con, then you want to sleep under something, or by around 3am the room is like a fridge and it can wake you up.

Once you're here a while I suggest aiming for not using the air-con at all or you'll never acclimatise (besides it costs $ to run, and gives you congestion). A couple of hours to pre-cool a bedroom before sleeping on hot nights is ok, or have it on a timer for maybe 2-3hrs.

Getting a typical floor-standing fan ($30-40) keeps you cool enough once you're acclimatised, that's with all windows in your place ajar, and doors open. Then wear the minimum, if anything in bed. And maybe have a sheet, or blanket within reach if the night happens to turn chilly.

I agree, when we first came we slept without aircon... at some point we succumbed to the aircon and now it's difficult to go back. But it certainly adds a lot to your power bill, drys out your skin/mouth/lips, maybe congestion too as per JR8.... I'd suggest stick to a fan.

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Re: Duvet vs. sheets?

Postby the lynx » Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:30 am

britishblondie wrote:Hi everyone

With the humidity and heat of SG do you advise buying a thin duvet or sheets for the bed?

Thanks for your help


Duvet for air-con, thin sheet for fan/no fan.

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Postby Strong Eagle » Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:02 am

^^^^^^^

+1 This.

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Postby ScoobyDoes » Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:56 am

zzm9980 wrote:Duvet cover (no inside) only tends to work. Some nights, even less, especially if you run with no A/C.



We have the duvet cover with a higher temperature setting on the a/c.

Using the duvet cover and storing the duvet itself means we don't have to fork out for a whole set of new bedding everywhere we end up.
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:37 pm

Top sheet only as I've used nothing but ceiling fans for 32 years.

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Postby rajagainstthemachine » Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:42 pm

thin sheets + sleeping in undies + pedestal fan ftw
I'd recommend getting a dyson fan it is amazing

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Postby JR8 » Mon, 14 Jul 2014 1:06 pm

Another thought:

If you arrive from a cooler climate, you often start off in a hotel for a while while you sort out your own accommodation.

Of course initially the heat comes as quite a shock. But in a hotel you can't open windows and keep doors ajar, so you have to use air-con.

Maybe that sub-consciously conditions you to think use of air-con is standard practise? But, observe the number of locals who in the office (air-con) that keep a sweater, jacket or even a fleece to put on if the AC is on a notch too high...

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Postby zzm9980 » Mon, 14 Jul 2014 1:25 pm

rajagainstthemachine wrote:thin sheets + sleeping in undies + pedestal fan ftw
I'd recommend getting a dyson fan it is amazing

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I bet you buy Bose "home theaters" and Beats headphones too? :p

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Postby PNGMK » Mon, 14 Jul 2014 1:27 pm

the lynx wrote:
britishblondie wrote:Hi everyone

With the humidity and heat of SG do you advise buying a thin duvet or sheets for the bed?

Thanks for your help


Duvet for air-con, thin sheet for fan/no fan.


Depends a bit on how many people in the bed. I can cope without aircon on my own but my wife and I tend to heat up the bed too much when we are both there. We have ceiling fans but they have to be super quiet and ours isn't.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 14 Jul 2014 1:40 pm

My ceiling fans aren't that quiet, but as I'm on the 2nd floor in an HDB estate that borders YCK road, I find that the fans act somewhat like white noise, helping to drown out the road traffic noise of the boys with their toys at silly hours in the night.

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Postby JR8 » Mon, 14 Jul 2014 2:06 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:My ceiling fans aren't that quiet, but as I'm on the 2nd floor in an HDB estate that borders YCK road, I find that the fans act somewhat like white noise, helping to drown out the road traffic noise of the boys with their toys at silly hours in the night.


^+1! Same for us :lol:

(and cars 'horning', and others then 'revenge-horning, then sometimes the highly flamboyant revenge-revenge-horning which one visualises must almost rattle all the Hello Kitty dolls inside the horner's vehicle :???: :lol:


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