HeiQ introduces first dual action textile cooling technology

Swiss company HeiQ recently launched a new dual action textile cooling technology – HeiQ Cool – to provide both instant contact cooling and continuous evaporative cooling. Although the technology was aimed at home bedding textiles at first, it also appears to be a useful solution in hospitality and healthcare settings.

The HeiQ Cool-powered fabrics are stated to constantly regulate the skin temperature with a dual cooling capability, as an important method of body temperature control, whereby both overheating and feeling chilly are problematic. In a first step, melting energy absorption delivers instant contact cooling before the first sign of sweat and diminishes the build-up of heat. It is followed by a vapourising energy action that imitates the skin’s thermal regulating system by providing continuous evaporative cooling as long as the body is hot and sweaty.

The bio-based vegetable oil-derived thermo-functional polymer absorbs heat energy and provides an instant cooling sensation. If the body continues to heat up, perspiration is generated and the patented hydro-functional polymer moves away dampness together with the heat. The combination of a hydro-functional polymer with bio-based vegetable oil-derived thermo-functional polymer formulation of HeiQ Cool contains more than 50% USDA® certified bio-based content. It is also OEKO-TEX class 1 suited and meets most brand RSL (restricted substances list) requirements.