The electric mattress warmer is NOT the traditional electric blanket that may immediately come to mind. It is typically in the form of a fitted sheet and goes directly over the mattress and underneath the sheets. They are low voltage devices and most of them cut off automatically so are relatively safe to use. The typical mattress warmer consumes anywhere from 60 to 90 watts when set on high and in the neighborhood of 20 watts when set at a more comfortable level of 2 or 3 on the dial. I usually set my side of the bed to “low” or “1”, anything higher than that and it gets too warm for me.
For those of you that have frigid unforgiving winters, and even for those of us that live in more moderate climates such as myself, Here’s a quick and relatively inexpensive way to save on your heating bill. Even though it’s late in the season, it’s not too late to save a few dollars between now and Spring and to be ready for next fall when the cold starts all over again. It’s a pretty simple tip, get an electric mattress warmer.
Of course if you have other occupants in your home you have to take them into consideration as well. They may very well need a blanket warmer or at least an electric blanket for their bed. If you have a number of other folks in your home it may become cost prohibitive. Electric mattress warmers start at around $75 and go up to several hundred from there. We spent about $100 for our king size bed and that included dual controls. If you have to buy several of them then the overall cost may be high enough that the offset on your heating bill may not be enough to make it worthwhile. This is especially true if you add on the cost of a smart, programmable thermostat.