Electric Blanket & Mattress Pad Guide
Using electric heated blankets can drastically save on your heating bills! Most people don't believe it makes a significant difference in their bills, but after every month the savings really do add up.
If you like facts then here is an interesting one. In March 2008, the Energy Information Administration even forecasted how much people would be able to save. They calculated that most people would be able to save $131 a year on their winter heating bills! This was based on turning down the thermostat 8 degrees, 24 hours a day, 25 weeks a year and using a twin or full heated bedding product for 8 hours a night.
For each degree that you lower the thermostat in your home, you can usually reduce your heating bills by 1% to 2%. Here are some ways to lower the temperature inside your home at night. It will allow you to remain warm at night and make sure that your mornings are just as comfortable.
- Use a programmable clock thermostat. You can program it so it doesn't start to lower the temperature until just after you are in bed, and then program it to raise the temperature just before you wake in the morning. The earlier you can set the thermostat lower, the more you will save in heating bills.
- Use a typical thermostat to simply lower the temperature before you go to bed. The only thing you have to remember is that the entire house will be cold when you wake in the morning.
- Using an electric blanket or mattress pad on your bed in conjunction with lowering your thermostat will keep you comfortably warm all night long.
An average queen-size mattress pad uses only 220 watts, and it cycles on and off to maintain a steady temperature. The average electricity usage of an electric blanket is less than 100 watts. This is not much and is comparable to usage of a standard light bulb.
When you compare this to cutting your heating bills by up to 10%, the overall electricity savings are significant. The amount electricity you use to keep your lights on be used to keep you warm all night.
Increase the thermal mass in the bedroom by adding ceramic planters or other masonry items. It may sound strange, but when the air temperature starts to drop in the room, the thermal mass transfers its heat content to the room.
How to Choose An Electric Heated Blanket
When choosing an Electric Blanket, one probably thinks there aren't that many options available. However, you will be pleasantly surprised by the many choices and styles out there. Some people have different preferences based on comfort, style or size. All types of electric blankets have their own benefits, shortcomings or even have a combination of all the above mentioned qualities. Some people might prefer the soft and familiar feel of fleece, the style of a microplush or the sturdiness of a boxweave. Whatever you prefer, there is bound to be something out there that fits your needs.
- Fleece - Soft and plush material that is used on most electric blankets. The material is preferred by most people because of its comfort and soft blends. Higher quality fleece blankets have less pilling problems. Any pilling can be solved with some hand washing. Fleece blankets tend to heat up a bit warmer than other materials.
- Herringbone - Arrow or Triangular weaved pattern on electric blankets. The style is very luxurious and fashionable. The main benefits of these types of blankets are that there is no pilling. This type has the right combination of warmth, style and sturdiness. Some blankets have a combination of fleece on one side and herringbone on the other. Herringbone blankets look great as bed tops because of their stylish pattern.
- Boxweave - Box weaved pattern on electric blankets. This is similar to Herringbone in quality and texture. The only difference is in style. The main benefit of these types of blankets are that there is no pilling. The material is very sturdy but also stylish enough to match with any bedroom. Some blankets have a combination of fleece on one side and boxweave on the other. Box Pattern blankets look great as bed tops because of their stylish pattern.
- Microplush - This is more soft and plush than any other material used on electric blankets. This is considered the highest quality blanket because of the incredibly soft touch of the material. The comfort from the blanket surface alone is enough to buy one of these. There is no pilling and these tend to last longer then the other types of blankets.
- Microfiber - This material is both soft and plush and is the same type used on most mattress pads. There is absolutely no pilling or leftover material on these blankets. I would consider these the more durable when compared to the other materials because it can't snag. If you don't want to take a chance at any material being leftover on your clothes, this would be the blanket.
DealYard offers a huge selection of electric blankets and mattress pads in many styles, finishes and configurations.