Electric Blankets Just Make Sense

Few things in life are as luxurious on a cold night as an electric blanket. They can provide a warmth and comfort that few other bedding items can duplicate. Furthermore, most of these blankets are designed for low voltage, meaning that they are not a drain on your electricity bills.

Electric blankets have been used for almost a century now. First introduced during the early 20th century, these early models were quite different than today’s variety. They were considerably more bulky than what we have today, and truth be told, their safety was somewhat suspect. Their popularity quickly expanded though after their successful use with tuberculosis patients during the 1920’s. The introduction of the thermostat control during the 1930’s further increased their acceptance, as this device made controlling the temperature much easier, and also provided a safety cut-off switch in the event the blanket should begin overheating.

Modern versions, while based on the same basic principles, use updated wiring and components. Thermostats, for instance, have been replaced by rheostats instead. Rheostats are used to control the temperatures generated by the blanket, but unlike a thermostat, they also take into consideration the heat generated by your own body. The result is a much more controlled, comfortable heat that is less prone to hot spots. This is not to say that modern blankets aren’t without their risks. The truth is, electric blankets are still filled with live wires, which can be hazardous, especially if the blanket is old or has been used a lot. So, if your blanket is more than 10 years old, or has been folded and stored many times over the years, it is highly recommended that it be replaced.

Electric blankets have spawned numerous other electrically powered bedding items. Electric mattress pads are becoming quite popular with homeowners all over the world. These devices are used in the same way as a standard mattress topper, but they can generate their own heat by being plugged into a standard wall outlet. There are also blankets that are designed for use in an automobile, and are powered using the cigarette lighter port common to most cars and trucks.