The Pros and Cons of Air Mattresses

The Pros and Cons of Air Mattresses

by Ann Harrison

Air mattresses, also known as air beds or inflatable mattresses, are purchased for a number of reasons, in a variety of sizes. Whether you use an air mattress as a temporary guest bed, or a bed for your camping or overnight hiking trips, or you have decided to replace your old spring mattress, there are a few things you should know about them before you purchase one for yourself or your family.matress isolated on white

The Pros

One of the good things about air mattresses, is that you can adjust the firmness. For example, if a person has back problems, he or she may need to sleep on a firmer mattress, whereas another person may want a softer bed. If the mattress has a built-in air pump, the firmness of the bed can easily be adjusted with just a touch of a button. Many full-size or larger air mattresses have duel chambers, so you and your partner can set your individual firmness. Some air beds last longer than inner spring mattresses, and may even outlast the pump, which can easily be replaced at a minimal cost. This also prevents sagging, which breaks down a foam or spring mattress over time. The sag can easily be fixed, by increasing the amount of air in the bed. Air mattresses are made from material that are odor-free, and cost less than a foam or spring mattress

The Cons

If you purchase an air mattress with a built-in pump, the pump can become faulty or break down, which must be replaced. If your warranty doesn’t cover pump replacement, you may have to pay a high price to get it fixed or replaced. However, if the mattress comes with an external pump, those can be replaced for a minimal price, either online or at a retail store. If you purchase an air mattress that needs to be assembled before you can use it, it may take you up to an hour to put it together. After you get it assembled, you can add the desired amount of air, and it’s ready for you that very night. Air mattresses tend to lose some air overnight. Even though you can’t stop the reduction of air permanently, I will give you some tips for improving the quality of your air bed, in the section below.

How to Make an Air Mattress Last Longer

If an air mattress doesn’t lose a minimum amount of air over night, the pressure will cause it to burst. If you want to maintain the firmness you originally set for your mattress, try lying flat on the bed, as sitting on the mattress will place pressure on a small area, which forces air out of the mattress Keeping your mattress in a warm area will also help the mattress perform better, as cooler temperatures at night will cause the mattress to lose some air, when the temperature increases the next day, the bed will rise back to its original firmness. Using a Space heater to control the temperature of your air mattress when you camp outside will also help to increase its overall performance.

About the Author

Ann Harrison is a totally blind author, who grew up in the small town of Rochelle, Georgia, and has moved back to her family home after living in North Georgia for several years. Ann has written many articles of general interest for a number of clients since June of 2010, including the Cordele Dispatch. She has also published a short story entitled “The Big Climb” in Awethology Light. Ann also published a story entitled “The Woods” in December Awethology Light Volume by The #Awethors. She is currently working on several novels, and a self-help book. To read more of Ms. Harrison’s inspirational writings, visit her blog at

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