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Guide to Buying Thermometers
When it comes to feeling sick, we can all relate to the awful feelings that come associated with the various flus and colds. It is something that nobody enjoys and we all want to feel better as soon as possible, but how do we know what will make us feel better without going to the doctor? Most families have thermometers in their home for this exact reason, we need to find out how sick we are and if we require medical attention. It is important to understand the different types and brands of thermometers that are available, this will help guarantee that you’re purchasing what is best for you and your family.
Although there are various versions of thermometers, they will all give you the accurate results that you need when feeling under the weather. The average normal body temperature is 37 degrees Celsius or 98.6 Fahrenheit according to most physicians. If you’re not feeling well, and your temperature is reading one degree or more above or below this normal reading, there is more than likely something your doctor can help you with. It is also important to take note of your normal temperature, as it has been known in some instances for people to have a slightly lower normal temperature by up to 2 degrees. Please note that it is very important to sterilize your thermometer properly before each use, store them away from children and shake before use if necessary.
Traditional thermometers consist of a glass barrel with a smaller barrel inside that holds a form of liquid. The liquid varies from liquid crystal to the most common liquid: Mercury. Mercury is extremely poisonous, however, the glass coating is very durable and only breaks when not used properly. It is not recommended to bite the glass while having temperature taken, also avoid tapping it against anything when shaking it prior to use. If using the thermometer for the traditional oral reading, it is best to shake first and then place underneath the tongue and not move it for 3 minutes. Remove the thermometer from the mouth and read results within first 5 seconds for best accuracy. The liquid inside of the glass tube will heat up from the warmth under your tongue and rise to the appropriate temperature.
Digital thermometers are preferred by most doctors and families around the world, and for many reasons. They are glass and Mercury free, reducing those concerns immediately, which means the technology used to calculate their accurate reading is different as well. Digital thermometers are based on the resistance of electricity in the metal tip that are calculated with the temperature surrounding it. When metal is warmed by the temperature in your mouth, atoms within the metal will vibrate more which makes it more difficult for electricity to freely flow through it, which increases the resistance and supplies you with an accurate reading. Digital thermometers are the preferred method for many users, not only are they Mercury and glass free, but they are able to complete your temperature reading in less time than traditional thermometers.
Consider these factors while shopping:
Before purchasing your thermometer, is is important to consider who will be using the product, price range and reputable brands in the industry. In regards to who you are purchasing this product for, either yourself or someone else, an important factor to think about is if the person will be using it for themselves or an entire family. If there are children in the home, it might be a wiser decision to purchase a digital thermometer to reduce biting on the glass barrel of a traditional thermometer. Another reason for this decision would be the fast and accurate reading of the digital versions. It can be a difficult task to ask your toddler or child to stay still for 3 whole minutes with the thermometer under their tongue while they are in pain or discomfort from feeling ill.
When thinking about the prices for thermometers, they are all reasonably priced and worth every penny when it comes to the health and safety of yourself or family. If you have decided to go with a traditional glass version, you will be spending anywhere between $10 and $25. One good thing about the traditional version is that they now have Mercury free options available as well. If you decide to choose the digital thermometer, your price range is around the same for a basic model. They do offer higher quality products that can cost up to $45 per unit, but the brand and quality are worth it to a lot of larger families or first time parents.
As far as brands are concerned, there is a leading brand for traditional thermometers and that is Geratherm. They offer Mercury free products and they are environmentally friendly, which is something a lot of families are interested in. They also include a convenient glass container with each unit for you to store your thermometer in a clean and organized manner away from children. Their prices are also incredibly reasonable, which is another reason why they are the number one brand for traditional thermometers.
With digital thermometers, brand is not really as important for a basic reading. Most are available for a decent price and offer the same high quality. If you do prefer something from a recommended brand, you should try Hylogy. Each digital thermometer offers a different shape for comfort and a large LCD display that will show you the results within 10-30 seconds. Hyolgy offers their customers intelligent design with their variety of models, and are by physicians for newer or larger families. If Hyolgy is not for you, we recommend you try [email protected] Their products vary in style and price, each offering the same high quality product and accurate reading for you and your loved ones. [email protected] is also a highly recommended brand by physicians around the word, and will be sure to give you the results you need within 30 seconds.