An electric blanket is the ideal accessory for you if you tend to get cold easily and like to be warm and comfortable in bed at night. These blankets have grids of thin and insulated wire which generate the heat you feel.
Many everyday household items incorporated electricity when it was discovered in the 1900s, including electric blankets. The first blankets were not very safe but since then, they have been developed to be safer and more effective.
These electric blankets became popular with the general public during the 1920s, and slowly became available for anyone to buy and use. They became especially popular with tuberculosis patients who needed to spend time outside in the fresh air to recover, but complained that it was too cold. The blankets were able to keep them warm and allow them to spend quality time outdoors, and many doctors and hospitals made use of the new technology.
Modern Electric Blankets
Modern versions of the blankets use rheostats, although the early versions were able to control the temperature by the use of an adjustable thermostat. A rheostat is able to provide a more even and comfortable heating experience by taking into account your body heat while using the blanket, as well as the actual heat that the blanket gives out.
Of course, there is always a slight chance of fire or an electric shock, because the blanket has wires embedded in it that are powered by electricity. Because of the risks involved, you should never misuse an electric blanket and the manufacturers make a point of printing clear instructions and warnings.
Many fires and electric shocks have been caused by using one of these blankets carelessly or incorrectly, and the industry is constantly looking at making the product as safe as possible. It is highly recommended to replace any old blanket that you might own with one of the newer and safer blankets that are available.
Many people choose to buy and use one of these blankets because they feel they actually save them money. One electric blanket will take the place of several blankets, sheets and other coverings, yet will keep you just as warm.
Blankets are widely available in different sizes, styles, designs and prices, making it easy to find one that you can afford. If you have never considered using one before, it may be time to see just how comfortable and efficient they can be.