When you’re cold, it can be easy to turn to quick fixes. Heat therapy is one of the oldest forms of pain relief, and the invention of heating pads makes it easy to use heat anywhere you go. While modern heating pads feature built-in safety measures, it may surprise you to learn that sleeping on a heating pad can be dangerous.
Pros and Cons of Heating Pads
Heating pads and electric blankets are a great way to quickly warm up or reduce muscle tension or stiffness, but they should be used with caution.
Benefits of Heating Pads
Some benefits of using heating pads include:
- Easy to use. Modern heating pads are lightweight and electric, which makes them easy to transport—meaning you can use them just about anywhere.
- Constant temperature. Dry heat maintains a consistent temperature over time, whereas other heating methods (such as hot baths) may lose heat over time.
- Alleviates cramps and muscle pain. Heat therapy increases circulation, which decreases inflammation and helps your muscles to repair themselves. This is why heating pads can be so beneficial for minor aches and pains.
Drawbacks of Heating Pads
Heat therapy is intended for use in 20-minute cycles. Prolonging your skin’s exposure to extreme temperatures can result in minor burns and dryness. Safety is the primary concern for health experts who recommend purchasing a modern heating pad with automatic turnoff timers. While the chance is admittedly low, there is still a small chance of a heating element inside the device overheating or otherwise malfunctioning and causing a fire.
Contact Bob's Heating & Air Conditioning for Heating Repairs
Heated blankets and heating pads are a great way to combat muscle soreness and tension, but temporary heating methods can’t replace your home’s furnace. If you’re using a heating pad for warmth or in an attempt to save money on heating costs, this could be a sign that your furnace is simply inefficient. Contact our team to schedule an appointment for heating repairs today!