Electric blankets are one of the best modern inventions for comfortable sleeping.
History of Electric Blankets
The first electric blanket was invented in 1912 by Dr. Sidney I. Russell. Although Dr. Russell was an American physician, his creation wasn't first produced in the US. In fact, it wasn't until the 1920s when it was finally manufactured and was produced by a British company under the name of the British Thermega Underblanket. It took nearly 17 years before the American version, the electric overblanket, to be sold in the US. A different version was introduced in the 1970s. This new blanket used circulating warm water through coils for heating.
Using a Heated Blanket
If you've never used an electric blanket, then you're in for a treat. Imagine turning back the covers and slipping underneath them only to be met with a warm and toasty feeling instead of cold sheets. This kind of blanket is easy to use. Simply, place it on top of the flat sheet and then place your comforter, bedspread or quilt over the blanket, so it's sandwiched between the top sheet and bedspread. Turn the blanket setting to on and it'll transform cold feeling sheets into an envelope of warmth. You won't be waking up in the middle of the night cold and having to adjust your heating thermostat. The technology of this type of blanket ensures the thermostat will keep the heat constant and even all night long. Be sure to read the instructions carefully for proper usage for the particular blanket.
You aren't restricted to one style of blanket weave when it comes to an electric types of blankets. You can purchase a micro plush blanket and even a jacquard weave that has a diamond pattern design
Most electric blankets come with standard control features, but some have additional time-saving and convenient ones as well.
Single and Dual Controls
When you purchase an electric blanket, it will come with a single or dual control. Most king size blankets have dual controls, one for either side of the bed. Usually, you'll want to place one control on each night table by the bed. It's best to opt for the dual control model to ensure you experience the best sleeping comfort.
Advantages of a Timer
Many models also have a timer that allows you to program when you want the blanket to turn on. Most come with an automatic shutoff timer of 12 hours after it's first turned on. This is a great feature if you want to climb into a warm bed every night and not worry about turning off your control after you get up each morning. This feature is especially handy for those who are often in a hurry and may forget to turn off the control.
It might surprise you to learn that this type of blanket can help reduce your heating bill. An electric blanket requires less energy to operate than a whole house heating system. With this blanket, you can turn down the house thermostat and turn up the thermostat on your blanket.
There are many online shops where you can get good deals on electric blankets. You can find some great bargains with off-season sales and obtain tremendous savings.
There are a few specialty electric blankets that you might find useful.
You can purchase a 12-volt, fleece, travel blanket that plugs directly into your car cigarette lighter. The blanket is 42 inches x 58 inches and ample enough to keep you warm while traveling.
Electric Throw Blankets
Choosing a throw blanket that's electric is a great way to stay warm while watching TV or working in a drafty room. If you live in an older home that has drafts, this throw blanket will keep you comfy. You can often find these in several styles.
- Faux Rabbit Fur
- Micro Plush
- Plaid Polyester and Acrylic Blend
Selecting Your Blanket
You can purchase an electric blanket for any industry standard bed size. You have several things to consider when shopping for your blanket. Consider the material, special features and one especially important feature, whether or not it's washable. If you have to dry clean your blanket, you could end up spending more money than you want.