Heated Mattress Pad – Comfort, Warmth and Protection!
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Mattress pads and covers used to be mainly about offering protection to the mattress so that warranty wasn’t invalidated by stains or signs of wear and tear. With mattress toppers becoming plusher and heated mattress pad sets now available they now play an important comfort role too, as well as protection.
Heated mattress pads are really a spin on the old electric blankets that were once popular. Whereas an electric blanket essentially integrated an electrical heating device inside a blanket that was usually placed over the top bed sheet, a heated mattress pad is something that will sit on top of the mattress, below the bottom bed sheet, so that it protects the mattress and warms the sleeping surface.
People have traditionally used heated beds for a variety of reasons. The obvious one is in cold climates it gives instant warmth to a bed you are climbing into; however, they are also used for health reasons – applying heat to muscles increases the blood flow and can aid in healing or with certain conditions like arthritis or back pain.
The older electric blankets (more than 10 years old) suffered from a reputation for lack of safety as well as being expensive to run – in the UK, an estimated 5,000 fires per year are caused by faulty electric blankets over 10 years old. However, the modern ones have carbon fiber wires and usually work on 24 volts (lower than the older ones.)
Modern heated mattress pads will usually be waterproof and come with one or two controls. They will be made in all the standard sizes that mattresses are made in. They may be fitted or non-fitted and the non-fitted ones can be tied to the corners of the mattress usually. They look much the same as a standard white, lightly quilted mattress pad or cover. Price wise, you can find these items on Amazon for $60 – $150 for a Twin. More advanced ones have more zones to the pad which can be individually controlled and these will be more expensive.