Staying Warm On Those Cold Winter Nights
Winters in Michigan can get pretty severe. You are all too familiar with below zero nights and days when the temperature never rises above single digits. All winter long, you struggle to keep your home warm, and your family, warm and cozy.
The internal temperature in your Michigan home is not your only concern. No matter how warm the rest of your home may be, there is always the problem of keeping your bed warm and toasty. No one wants to sleep in a cold bed, and you can only pile on so many comforters and blankets before your sleeping space disappears completely.
Electric Blankets Can Keep You Warm
One of the best ways to solve the cold bed problem is with an electric blanket. When you turn your electric blanket on, you and your partner can stay warm and cozy no matter how low the temperature drops outside.
If you are in the market for an electric blanket, it is important to think about safety. Safety should always be your number one consideration, and you do not want your search for warmth to spark a devastating fire.
One of the most important things to look for when choosing an electric blanket is the seal from Underwriters Laboratory (UL). The UL seal indicates that the blanket manufacturer has met stringent safety standards, and that the electric blanket will be safe to use.
Check The Quality Of The Electric Blanket
Once you have the blanket on your bed, be sure to double-check the quality of the cord and check for nicks, breaks or tears. If there are any problems with the cord, do not plug the electric blanket in and discard or return it immediately. Never use an electric blanket, or any other appliance, with a damaged cord.
Where you plug the electric blanket in can make a difference as well, so scan your bedroom and look for a suitable outlet. Choose an outlet that is convenient for you to use, and one that gives you plenty of cord. You do not want the cord to be stretched tight, since that tension could cause internal damage. You also do not want the cord to create a tripping hazard, so tuck any excess away where it will not be in your way.
Watch For Recalls
Last but not least, you should always pay attention to government websites and watch the news for any recall notices. If your electric blanket is subject to a recall, remove it from your bed at once and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for getting a repair or replacement. Be sure to register your electric blanket with the manufacturer so you are notified of any pending recalls or other safety concerns.
When used safely, an electric blanket can keep you and your family warm all winter long. Once the blanket is plugged in and humming along, you may even be able to turn down the heat in the rest of your Michigan home, lowering your energy costs and keeping your heating bills under control.