Winter nights can be extremely cold making you freeze without some extra heat. If you would like to warm yourself without having to use your thermostat, an electric blanket is a good option. Before purchasing one, you need have perfect knowledge about the options available as well as the safety precautions. There are many things you need to know about electric blankets. One thing is that you deserve the best and safest! You should consider the following when purchasing the best electric blanket.
- Consider the fabric
The material used to make electric blankets determines their safety and comfort. Polyester microfiber or fleece are the commonly used materials. Polyester again? Well, let the term “polyester” not scare you away. Polyester blankets are usually plush and super soft. The blankets made of acrylic are not cozy enough. Cotton is worse because it is more flammable. Polyester is certainly the best option.
- What are the heat setting options?
The best electric blanket is the one that has multiple settings that allow you to regulate the heat to what is comfortable for you. If you have a sleeping partner, get the one that has dual heating and two remotes for both of you to adjust the temperatures to your liking.
- Check the length of the cord
These blankets come in different cable lengths. Be sure to buy the one that can reach your bed after plugging it. You know the distance of your bed from your socket, right?
- Take the safety precautions
An electric blanket is not used as an ordinary blanket. Avoid crumpling or folding the blanket but ensure that it always lays flat whenever you are using it. Never place anything on top of the blanket. Objects like books, phones, pillows or even other blankets should never find any place on top of an electric blanket. These precautions are important to avoid trapping excess heat that can damage the coils of the blanket. It is obvious that you should never leave the blanket on when you are not using it. Getting the one that has auto turn-off is a great idea because you may forget to turn it off.
- Check whether the blanket is washable or not
How could these blankets be washed yet they are electric? The word ‘electric’ is not always synonymous to ‘never wash’. Most electric blankets can be machine washed for maximum care. Before buying the blanket, check whether it is safe to wash it using a machine. When washing it, follow all the instructions and remember to remove the cord, remotes and any other attachment.
- Know when to replace it
An electric blanket can last for as long as ten years as far as you take good care of it and use it properly. You know that it is time to replace it when it stops distributing heat evenly. You should also replace it when it starts fading in some spots as this points to internal burning.