Zürich - A new dual action textile cooling technology from HeiQ is said to be ideal for a range of applications using circular knitted fabrics with the initial roll-out targeting the mattress ticking and home textiles sectors.
Addressing the importance of body temperature control, whereby both overheating and feeling chilly are problematic, the HeiQ Cool fabrics are designed to constantly regulate the skin temperature with a dual cooling capability.
In a first step, melting energy absorption delivers instant contact cooling before the first sign of sweat and delays the build-up of heat, followed by a vaporizing energy action that mimics the skin’s thermal regulating system by providing continuous evaporative cooling as long as the body is hot and sweaty. Suitable for all fabrics, the initial launch focuses on home textiles, especially sleeping products such as mattress ticking, pillows and bed linen because of its clear benefit to help users get a good night’s sleep. It cools before the first sign of sweat, delays the build-up of heat and continuously regulates the temperature. Instantly cool to the touch, the components synergistically recharge the surface layer ensuring a consistently cool, dry and comfortable body climate.
The biobased vegetable oil-derived thermo-functional polymer absorbs heat energy, giving an instant cooling sensation. If the body continues to heat up, perspiration is generated and the patented hydro-functional polymer transports moisture away together with the heat, creating a continuous cooling effect that stops once cooling is complete.
The combination of a hydro-functional polymer with biobased vegetable oil-derived thermo-functional polymer formulation of HeiQ Cool contains more than 50 per cent USDA certified biobased content. It is also OEKO-TEX class 1 suited and meets most brand RSL (restricted substances list) requirements.
“Since the pandemic started, consumers are investing more in enhancing the comfort of their homes," HeiQ chief marketing officer, Hoi Kwan Lam, said. "We spend one third of our time sleeping, which is why it is important that we invest in products that give us a good night of sleep. Indeed, research conducted by Cotton Inc in 2017, showed that 55 per cent of consumers are looking for thermoregulation functions in their bedding products. In recent years, consumers show a strong desire for more functional and sustainable products.
"The fact that it helps to efficiently balance your temperature probably means you can cut down on the energy consumption for the air conditioner!”