As the cold winter weather draws nearer, most people are thinking about how to keep warm and save on heating bills. An electric blanket is one way to cope with the cold. It is an exceptional option during cold weather, helping you to make sure you properly prepared for winter. Cold temperatures affect health as well as comfort, so it’s important to keep yourself warm at night. Electric blankets can help you do this without using energy to heat the rest of your home. If you are thinking of buying one for yourself, there are a few things you need to consider in order to make sure you get the right one for your needs.
Types of Electric Blanket
Most heated blankets fit into two categories: over-blankets and under-blankets. Under-blankets sit on top of your mattress, while over-blankets sit on top of your other bedding. A third, less common type is a heated throw. This can be used on your bed or while sitting on the sofa, making it a more versatile option. Which type of blanket you go for is down to your own personal preferences.
All Night Usage
Not all blankets are suitable for use throughout the night. Some are just designed to make the sheets nice and warm before you get into bed, and should be switched off when this is done. If that’s all you need, then these blankets are great. On the other hand, if you are looking for something to keep you warm while you sleep you need to make sure the blanket you choose is suitable. If it has multiple settings, you should also check whether any settings are unsuitable for use throughout the night.
There are certain safety issues you need to consider when using heated blankets. As it is an electrical item, you need to make sure it has been checked and approved for safety by international standards. Look for a safety mark on the packaging to confirm this. Second hand blankets are not recommended, as they may no longer be as safe as they were when new. It is recommended that blankets be replaced every ten years. Safety also affects how you will use your heated blanket after purchase. For example, you will not be able to use it with a hot water bottle, or while damp. If it develops any scorch marks or wires become exposed, it will need to be immediately replaced.