Understanding Down Bedding

July 28, 2015 by CozyWinters

pacific coast down blanketDown bedding has long been prized for its warmth, breathability, and durability. Though more expensive than synthetic alternatives, the right down comforter or blanket can provide many years of service in warm, mild, and cold climates alike. To be sure you get the most out of your investment, it’s important to understand what to look for before buying. Here’s a brief guide to get you started:

Fill power

This term refers to the volume of one ounce of down and can tell you the relative warmth and quality of the bedding in question. For example, our Pacific Coast Light Warmth down comforter has a fill power of 550, which is a lighter weight suitable for summer and warmer temperatures. On the other hand, our Pacific Coast SuperLoft comforter has a fill power of 600, making it great for cold winter nights.


There are two major types of down bedding construction: baffle box and sewn through. The baffle box method incorporates vertical fabric walls throughout the comforter to keep the down in place, while the sewn through method simply involves stitching the top and bottom parts of the comforter together. Baffle box construction is recognized as superior since it helps distribute warmth evenly.


The ticking is the fabric covering of the down product and is there to ensure the fibers don’t leak out. The Pacific Coast line of down bedding featured at CozyWinters is crafted with 400 thread count BarrierWeave fabric made of 100% cotton. BarrierWeave is not only tightly woven, but also specially finished to provide up to three times more leak protection than ordinary ticking.


As with any other bedding product, the down comforter or blanket you choose should be based on your bed size. At CozyWinters, we offer down bedding in twin, full/queen, and king options to accommodate the most common mattress sizes.

Now that you know what to look for in down bedding, be sure to check out the full line of lightweight, medium-weight, and heavyweight comforters we have at the CozyWinters online store and buy the best one for your climate.

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How to Store Pet Food Safely

July 21, 2015 by CozyWinters

Just like human food, the quality and edibility of pet food degrades over time. But unlike human food that is typically eaten within a week or so of opening, a single large bag of pet food can serve as your dog or cat’s main meal source for a month or more, which leaves it highly vulnerable to nutrient loss, mold, pests, and general spoilage. That’s why safe storage is such a vital part of ensuring your pet gets the freshest, most nutritious kibble possible. Here’s how to do it:

  • july 3 storing pet foodKeep dry pet food in its original packaging. Dog and cat food bags are made with special liner materials that help block out oxygen and moisture while also serving as a barrier to prevent the fats and oils in the food from leeching out. In addition, the original packaging should have a “best by” date and a batch or source code to consult in the event of a product recall.
  • For extra protection, put the food (still in its original packaging) in an airtight container. Glass or metal containers are preferable, but plastic can work too. Just be sure to wipe down the container every time you swap out the food bag.
  • Store the food in a cool, dry place well away from direct sunlight and sources of moisture. Food containers and packages should also be kept off the ground to help prevent mites and other pests from burrowing in.
  • Try to use all dry pet food within six weeks (42 days) of opening the package. If your pet cannot finish the food within that timeframe, consider purchasing smaller bags in the future.
  • Never pour new food on top of old food in the bag or container. When consolidating two bags of food, make sure the older kibble goes on top of the newer product so it can be used up first.

As a loving and responsible pet owner, you naturally want to give your dog or cat only the best quality food packed with the nutrients essential to animal health. So take the steps outlined here to store pet food safely and help preserve the freshness of every bag you buy.

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How to Store Ice Cleats and Other Winter Items for Summer

July 14, 2015

We know what you’re thinking: It’s now the middle of July and the cold, ice, and snow are impossibly far away. Why bring up winter gear storage now? That’s a fair question, especially if you’ve already stowed your ice cleats, battery heated apparel, electric blankets, ski boots, gloves, and other expensive winter equipment in an […]

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7 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe This Summer

July 7, 2015

Summertime provides dog owners with ample opportunities to romp with pets in a variety of fun settings. From barbecues on the beach and boating on the lake to hiking in the woods, fishing in the river, or simply playing fetch at the local dog park, there are always plenty of great destinations and activities to […]

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Help Pets Stay Safe and Calm During Fireworks

June 23, 2015

It’s no secret that dogs and cats of all sizes can be spooked by loud noises. Thunderstorms, jackhammers, drums, motorcycles, and backfiring cars are just a few of the sounds that might cause these house pets to whimper, hide, or engage in destructively anxious behavior. In the summer months—particularly July when Independence Day rolls around—you […]

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Cooling Bedding and Apparel 101: Phase Changing, Evaporative, and Temperature Regulating

June 16, 2015

When you browse for bedding and cooling apparel at the CozyWinters website, you’ll notice that we carry three types of products: phase changing, evaporative, and temperature regulating. While all three perform the same cooling function, the process by which they do this is different. Let’s take a look at how each type works. Evaporative cooling […]

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Great Father’s Day Gift Ideas

June 9, 2015

What makes a great Father’s Day gift? Opinions are sure to vary on that one; however, it’s probably safe to say that neckties, cologne or aftershave, and kitschy products emblazoned with slogans like “World’s Greatest Dad” are out of the running. Instead, the best gifts tend to be the ones that Dad not only needs, […]

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End of Ice Cleat Season

June 2, 2015

It took a while, but all traces of snow and ice are gone from the parking lots, sidewalks, driveways, and loading docks of the lower 48. That means it’s finally time to put away ice cleats, grips, and other personal traction devices until winter returns and your employees need them again. But instead of simply […]

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7 Tips to Beat the Heat

May 26, 2015

As the seasons change from winter and spring into summer, the focus of outdoor safety shifts from staying warm to staying cool. High temperatures and intense sunshine combine to make heat exhaustion and heat stroke serious risks for those engaging in moderate to vigorous outdoor activities for sustained periods of time. So if you’re planning […]

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Pet Friendly Outdoor Adventures

May 19, 2015

Spending quality time with pets is one of the most important responsibilities of any owner. This not only provides pets with the exercise they need to stay healthy and nimble, but also deepens the bonds of loyalty, love, and companionship between human and animal. Here are some ideas for pet friendly outdoor adventures that will […]

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