As the world is progressing, so are our needs. Back in the past, nobody would have thought that something like an electric blanket would ever exist. A concept that was never thought of is now a part of our winter life.
Just like a traditional blanket, an electric blanket is a bedspread with an internal wiring system. This blanket has to be plugged into a power socket and can be set on different levels of heat.
While electric blankets have become a common winter accessory, some people are still unaware of its benefits. To tell you what are some of the benefits of using an electric blanket, we have written this guide.
Pros of an Electric Blanket
Following are some advantages of using an electric blanket.
Heat is one of the most known remedies of pain relief. When you apply heat to an area that is hurting, heat receptors present in your body block out the pain signals that are being sent to your brain which makes you feel like the pain is gone. So, using electric blankets brings a sweet relief from pain. Even though electric blankets may not be able to relieve major pains, they may help with minor aches and pains.
Along with this, these blankets may also help in relieving cramps.
Your body’s temperature usually dips when you go to sleep. Sleeping in an electric blanket regulates the temperature of your body and helps you sleep better.
Once you start using an electric blanket, you would notice that you wake up fresh and energized.
Improves Your Mood
Sleeping in an electric blanket can boost your mood. Your body uses a lot of energy to stay warm but when you are using an electric blanket, your body does not have to put in a lot of energy to stay at the right temperature.
Since it is not using much energy, it sends contented signals to your brain which make you feel relaxed as well as happy.
Along with pain relief, using electric blankets also promotes muscle relaxation. When you are performing strenuous exercises, your body builds up lactic acid in your muscles as the amount of oxygen in your body decreases. Due to the accumulation of lactic acid, your body starts feeling a sensation of pain and cramping which keeps increasing as time passes.
But an electric blanket will be a game changer for you. These blankets provide heat to your body which is a natural muscle relaxant. The heat widens your blood vessels and improves the flow of blood in your body. This helps in transporting lactic acid away from the areas that are hurting.
Even though an electric blanket has several pros, it comes with certain cons as well.
Cons of an Electric Blanket
Following are some of the cons of using an electric blanket:
One of the cons of using an electric blanket is that they are not washable. When you use an electric blanket on a daily basis, at some point in time, it will need to be washed.
If you try to wash an electric blanket, the wiring may cause an issue. However, if you have a cover on top of your electric blanket, you can wash it separately to avoid this problem.
More Consumption of Electricity
In Pakistan, the cost of electricity is significantly rising and on top of that, the rates per unit are higher at night as compared to day time. Since blankets are mostly used at night, they may become a cause of your increased electricity consumption.
Just like any other electrical appliance that you use, there is a fire risk involved in using an electric blanket. Leaving them on for a long period of time can increase the risk of a fire.
Some blankets come with an automatic switch off which shuts off the heat to prevent it from overheating. But you still have to be cautious, especially if you have an old blanket.
Not Pet Friendly
Many of us have pets who love to cuddle and enjoy the warmth of a blanket. Even though you can sit in a heated blanket with your pet, you have to make sure that your little buddy does not chew on it while it is plugged in.
Electric Blanket Price in Pakistan
An electric blanket in Pakistan is available at different prices depending on its features and the brand you choose.
You can find an electric blanket at OLX Pakistan from Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 15,000.
That’s about it!
These are some of the pros and cons of using electric blankets that we think would help you make a decision. There are various electric blankets available at OLX Pakistan’s website as well. Do have a look.