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.