Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Buying A Made in USA Electric Blanket

Looking to buy an electric blanket made in USA? Then look no further because there is none to be found.

The closest we come to heated bedding made in USA are heated mattress pads. A heated mattress pad, also known as an electric mattress pad, is a formidable competitor to a heated blanket. Their popularity has surged in recent years. Comfort House customers buy them 2 to 1 over blankets. In fact, the decision is not usually over which blanket to buy but rather should I buy a blanket or a mattress pad.
ElectroWarmth Bed Warmer is made in USA.
Our ElectroWarmth made in USA heated mattress pad is available in all sizes including the otherwise impossible to find heated bedding sizes of split queen, split king, king xl, and truck mattress. So you can stop your search for a made in USA blanket and consider a heated mattress pad instead.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Troubleshooting My New Electric Blanket

At Comfort House, not a week goes by in Fall and Winter months without a customer who has just received their first electric blanket or heated mattress pad, or are replacing a much older one, contacting us to advise it doesn't work.

We start by asking what the trouble is and the response is normally it doesn't get hot.  When we ask if they've used it to sleep, they say no.  It has only been removed from the package, layed out on their bed, plugged in, and turned on.  If all one does is plug it in, turn it on, and feel it for warmth, we understand the cause for concern.
One of many electric blankets available at Comfort House.

What many don't realize is that modern heated blankets and electric mattress pads do not feel hot to the touch. For a blanket, they will be warm when you are underneath them and for a mattress pad they will be warm when you lie on top of them but they won't be hot to the touch. No troubleshooting is needed and the product is working just as designed.  Have a cozy night. 
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Reproduction Coke Machine

Our reproduction coca-cola machine is a fun product for a hot summer day.
This replica of the famous Westinghouse Junior Coke machine 
has a modern refrigeration unit to cool the box.  Comfort House # 80785F.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

iBlock Cutting Board & iPad Stand

A classy way to stand your iPad in the kitchen to prepare recipes is by giving it a Boos Block of its very own. The new iBlock Cutting Board & iPad Stand consists of a solid hardwood John Boos cutting board with removable



stand to hold your iPad or other tablet device.  Includes 3 disposable sleeves to protect your iPad from cooking splatter.  Made in USA from your choice of walnut, maple, or cherry.  Available at Comfort House (item # 67349F).  By

Monday, April 1, 2013

Years Worth of Toilet Paper in Just 4 Rolls



Wouldn't it be a dream not to run out of toilet paper for an entire year?  A four-pack of our new jumbo toilet paper rolls will keep a family of four set-up for a year (based on 8 sheets per use, twice a day).
See: Years Worth of Toilet Paper In Only 4 Rolls.

Butterflies For Food & Profit

Last year, during a expedition to inner most Africa, Jeffrey Gornstein, founder of Comfort House® discovered a new, unknown species of mammoth butterfly that has since been named Lepidopterist Comforteous. This species grows to a body length of almost two feet in only 60 days. Their wing span is almost 5 feet!

These butterflies provide up to 6 lbs. of steak fillets each (which have a current market price of $19.95/lb), a soft leather-like hide which is wonderful for gloves or handbags, and 6 antennae that make great fresh water fishing lures.

Our Complete Butterfly Kit consists of 50 immature Lepidopterist Comforteous butterflies which will allow you to nurture a self sustaining colony after 90 days, a butterfly net enclosure, feed and water trays, and our book Growing Butterflies for Fun and Profit.

See Photos and More Details: Butterflies For Food and Profit.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Choosing an Electric Blanket or Electric Mattress Pad


According to the Electric Blanket Institute approximately 4-1/2 million electric bed warming products are sold in the United States each year.

There are many reasons to own and use an electric warming device but among the most important are to sleep better in a cool bedroom while staying warm, to keep warm without the weight of heavy blankets or comforters and, in today’s world, to substantially reduce your energy and fuel costs. 

There are two main types of warming products sold.  The first is the electric blanket which goes over the body and the second is the electric mattress pad which goes over the mattress and under the body.   The choice is mostly a matter of personal preference although there are few distinct advantages of a mattress warmer over a blanket.

· A mattress warmer uses somewhat less electricity than a blanket because more of the heat is contained in the bed.
· A mattress warmer is inherently safer since it lays flat on the bed and is unlikely to be balled up and overheat, although with today's designs this is rarely a blanket problem either.
· A mattress warmer tends to be more durable since it is not continually flexed like a blanket, but both products come with 2 to 5 year manufacturer warranties so this is normally not a concern.

Electric warmers work by passing an electric current through a resistive wire producing heat.  Some electric blankets operate with 120 volts AC (normal house voltage) in the wires while some blankets today convert the 120 volt household power to 25 volts DC or lower which limits electromagnetic radiation and shock hazards.  In either case, any blanket you purchase should be marked as complying with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) safety standards.

Comfort House® carries both standard voltage and low voltage warmers with UL ratings for safe use in your home. 

The safety of electric warmers is excellent and most individuals can use them without problem. However, as with any other appliance, there are some general restrictions for using electric warmers.

        · Consult your personal doctor before using during pregnancy.
        · Consult your personal doctor before using if you have a pacemaker.
        · Consult your personal doctor before using if you have severe diabetes.
        · Warmers are not for infants or small children.
             · Warmers are not for a paralyzed person or a person insensitive to 
         heat.
             · Warmers are not for someone who is incapable of understanding or 
         adjusting the controls.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the typical single family home spends about $ 2,200 per year for heating.  Furthermore, the EPA estimates that for each 1 degree a home temperature is lowered for eight hours you can save about 1% on your heating bills.   In other words, if you use an electric bed warmer and turn back your nighttime temperature by 10 degrees while you are sleeping, you could save up to 10% on your seasonal heating bill or $220.00 in this example.

On the other hand, according to the Electric Blanket Institute, the typical electric blanket will cost about $.04 per night to run and the electric mattress pad even less at $.03 per night.  These figures factor in the control setting of a normal person for 8 hour sleeping periods.   At $.04 per night for 180 nights, the cost of using the electric warmer would be less than $8.00 per year.   The savings are truly significant and the payback time relatively short.

Electric blankets and mattress warmers have become quite sophisticated and the choices are wide.  Here are some of the important features you need to consider.

· The unit should be UL listed and all Comfort House® items are.
· An automatic preheat function is useful, but not absolutely necessary.
· An automatic timed shutoff (say after 10 hours) is a safety feature.
· The ability to machine wash and tumble dry is a plus.
· Some higher end mattress pads may have 3 zone heat adjustments (foot, mid and upper body) and/or a wireless controller.  The Sunbeam Therapeutic Mattress Pad is an example (our Item #11634).
· A lighted, numbered dial on the controller makes for easy setting.
· A silent control system that doesn't click on/off all night long allows uninterrupted sleep.
· A 2 to 5 year manufacturer’s warranty for your protection.
· Dual controls, usually on Queen size or larger allow individual settings.
· Microfiber (also known as microfibre) fabrics are plusher than standard fabrics and if you are just price shopping they tend to be more expensive.

So to sum up, an electric blanket or mattress warmer is a useful, comfortable, energy saving and ecologically friendly sleeping solution for most people.

The Comfort House® selection of blankets and warmers is extensive. Our entire selection is UL listed for safety and many have a 5 year manufacturers warranty.

Therefore, to chose your warmer:
· Decide if you want an electric blanket or an electric mattress warmer.
· Select the size of the warmer to fit your bed.
· Check that the control has the features you've decided you need.
· Next consider the fabrics (microfibre or standard) and colors available.
· Then place your order today and sleep as snug as a bug in a rug.


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