As the weather is getting colder, people are starting to think about how they are going to stay warm this winter. When trying to keep costs down, people are keeping their thermostats set at a lower setting and they are looking for alternative ways to keep warm. One way to keep warm on cold nights is to use an electric mattress pad. Different from electric blankets, these mattress pads heat the bed from underneath as they are placed underneath the bottom sheet. Some people like to use them to heat up the bed before they get in while others like to use it all night long. These pads have come a long way since they first came on the market. At first, the wires in the mattress were bulky and could be uncomfortable. Now however, the wires are much more comfortable.
A big advantage to sleeping on one of these pads, especially if you are part of a couple, is that they usually have dual controls so that if one person is too hot or cold, they simply adjust the temperature without affecting the other person. Another plus over electric blankets is that the heat is spread evenly over the bed and there are not hot spots like you can get with an electric blanket. They can also be therapeutic for those suffering from conditions such as arthritis. The heat can penetrate the joints providing some relief from pain and stiffness.
As the mattress pads guide says, it is important to keep in mind that these pads should not be run continuously. Much like electric blankets, if left on for too long there is a risk of fire. As a safety precaution, most have an automatic shutoff that will kick in after 10 hours. Children or others who have problems with incontinence should also not use these, as there is danger of electrocution if the wires get wet. For healthy adults, these are a great alternative to piling on lots of blankets or using an electric blanket. They are not that expensive and will last for a long time to come.
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