How do you turn those cold nights into a warm cosy night?
There is nothing like climbing into a nice and toasty warm bed on a cold winter’s night. But how do you achieve the warmest bed possible without having layers of blankets and clothing on?
Generally, an easy solution would be to put a heater on in the bedroom earlier before you get in there but using a heater can add up over those colder nights.
A more cost-effective option that is available to stay warm is an electric blanket unlike a heater that may take a while to warm up the while room, you may only need 10-30 minutes to warm up you bed before switching it off and the warm air is trapped under your quilt you should stay warm most of the night.
I use a pre-setting for 1-2 hours and then it switches off a by the time I am awake in the morning I am generally still quite warm.
When Shopping for an electric blanket some features to look for:
- Overheat protection senses abnormal temperature variations and switches the blanket off if it gets too hot.
- A fitted blanket is easier to put on and take off, and stays flat and taut on the mattress as opposed to those with straps that tend to snap quite quickly
- A blanket that have a multi-zone feature this allows you to set the blanket heat to wear you feel the cold the most
- An illuminated LCD screen makes it more convenient to see your settings in the dark.
- Feel how thick the material is – you should be able to feel the wiring
- Dual controls allow you to control the temperature on your side of the bed independently.
- Programmable settings allow you to pre-set a maximum heat setting at a time - say, 10 minutes before you go to bed.
- Removable controls mean you can safely wash your electric blanket.
- Wool-pile cover gives extra comfort and can be used as an underlay during the warmer months.
At the Manchester Factory we a few different options when it comes electric blankets at different price points to suit your needs. Our most popular electric blanket that we stock in the Linen house Multi-zone Quilted Electric Blanket as the price is mid- range
This electric blanket is designed for all seasons, it has an 80 gsm fill that provides a warmer sleep in winter and a cooler sleeper in summer or the hotter season. Each side of the Double through to the King have individual controllers with four different heat-zones options, which can operate simultaneously which is great for those who share a bed, and both have different body temperatures. Another great function with the linen house quilted electric blanket is that the heat levels can be varied between your torso and your feet, so that means no more cold feet.
Improve your sleep with our wool heated blanket, which boasts separate heat zones and overheat safeguards. Be extra warm and cosy with Linen House Wool Multi-Zone Electric Blanket. Smart, safe and practical that suits every one’s individual needs. This Electric blanket is Designed to last beyond one winter, Linen house quality made electric blanket will ensure your sleep is always toasty and warm. Made from a thick and plush Australian-produced wool pile, this machine-washable winner has a 50 cm fitted skirt to fit over larger, modern mattresses.
Both Electric Blankets come with the following benefits:
- Allows for heating in separate zones, cosy feet zone and body zone.
- 9 setting heat control.
- 50 cm fitted skirt.
- Illuminated dial and LED display.
- Timer setting - Up to 12 hours.
- Overheat Protection.
- Dual controls for individual comfort. (Single controls for SB and KSB).
- Detachable control for easy laundering
- Machine Washable
- 2 Year Warranty
Caring for Electric Blankets
Living in Australia we do not always have the need or the want to keep electric blankets on our beds because it is simply too hot. So, we store it away half of the year and do not even think about it, come winter we grab it out and sometimes it can have that storage smell and you just need to wash it. To some this may seem like washing your electric blanket may seem like a risky challenge because of the wiring throughout it, however it’s actually not that hard—a little tedious, it can be ,but it can totally be worth it to have a blanket as clean and fresh as it is warm.
At the Manchester Factory we would always recommend that customers follow the care instructions that are provided on the product or on the packaging by the manufacturer, However sometimes this isn’t an option due to faded labels ,packaging not kept, labels been cut off. Another suggestion would be is to contact the place where you purchased your electric blanket and they may be able to point you in the right direction on how you should care for the brand of electric blanket.
First thing first before washing your electric blanket you must unplug and disconnect the power cords. Linen house recommends that when washing their Wool Multi-zone blanket that it is warm hand wash in neutral wool detergent.
The Quilted Electric blanket is to be Gentle machine wash on delicate cycle. Do not wring. Do not bleach. Do not tumble dry. Do not dry with heater or hairdryer. Line dry over several lines out of direct sunlight. Do not use pegs on heating wires. Do not iron or press with heat. Do not dry clean.
As mentioned, before we tend to store our electric blankets away half of the year, so where do you store it? How do you care for it? To ensure it last more then one winter. When an electric blanket is not in use, we suggest that it is best to store it properly, so it is not damaged. According to Energy Australia the safest way to store and Electric blanket is to roll them up when in storage.
It is particularly important to replace your blanket if it has any of the following: bent wiring, scorch marks, frayed fabric, exposed elements, dampness, worn patches, damaged cords or loose connections. All electric blankets, even those in good condition, should be replaced every 10 years. Fire and Rescue NSW recommends that people test their electric blankets prior to using them when first purchased as well as every new year. When checking your electric blanket at the beginning of the colder months.
To test an electric blanket, lay it flat on top of the bed and switch it on for five minutes. Visually inspect and feel the wires; make sure they are operating correctly and are undamaged. Other tips to ensure you use the blanket safely are:
- Turn the power off and remove the plug when the appliance is not in use.
- Make sure your blanket is not wider than the mattress.
- Do not leave electric blankets switched on all night.
- Do not switch the blanket on while it is folded or when there is something on the bed (such as books, clothing, a folded blanket, pillows or a pet). Any of these may lead to localised overheating.
- Place the blanket flat on the mattress with the switches at the pillow end and secure it well.
- Keep the electric cord and switch outside the bedding.
- Be careful with pointed or sharp objects that could damage the heating element.
- Some models cannot be used on futons, rubber or foam mattresses, a waterbed or under a mattress protector.
- Do not use an electric blanket for an infant, an immobile person or someone insensitive to heat.
- Do not use it together with a hot water bottle (which may leak) or when it is wet.
- Have your blanket checked by a qualified professional every three years. Manufacturers recommend you take it to one of their service agents – check their website.
- Do not wash an electric blanket unless the manufacturer specifically recommends it.
So why not make the switch to an electric blanket and get rid of those 4 quilts that you have on the bed at one time just so you are warm and put away the heater that is costing you so much and think about investing in an Electric blanket at the Manchester Factory.
If you found this blog helpful, we have others on our website under The Linen Corner that we would love for you to read.
- Jess G