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Electric Blankets: What You Need to Know

Thereís nothing like an electric heated blanket on a cold winterís evening. Not only do they keep you nice and warm, they can help you save energy because they allow you to keep your thermostat set at a cooler temperature. If youíve ever considered buying one for yourself or even as a gift for someone else, there are a few things youíll need to know to help you make the best possible choice.

There are a whole range of electric blankets available today. What sets them apart from one another are features and price.

Most electric blankets use low-voltage technology to heat the blanket. The differences vary in controls and other features. Many have LCD displays, making it easy to adjust the temperature in the middle of the night. Some offer over-temperature protection, which prevents the blanket from getting too hot. Automatic shutoffs and pre-heating features are also available, as is a warm foot zone, which keeps the temperature at the bottom a bit higher than the rest of the blanket for people with cold feet. Queen and king-sized blankets usually have dual controls so that both people using the blanket can control their own comfort.

Beyond extras, there are a few things you should seek out when buying an electric blanket. Look for blankets with wires that are essentially unnoticeable for maximum comfort. Ease of care is another consideration: Choose a model that can be machine washed and dried, like those made from polyester and polyester micro-fleece.
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