A thermometer is a compact device that measures body temperature.
Today’s digital thermometers eliminate the risks associated with old-fashioned mercury thermometers.
Today’s best thermometers are reliable, affordable, long-lasting and easy to use.
19 Benefits Of The Best Thermometers
While a limited number of mercury thermometers are still available, they are no longer advised for home use. Therefore, the benefits listed below are the benefits of the digital thermometer.
1: Thermometers give you an accurate picture of your condition.
Today’s digital thermometers are not just fast and convenient, they are typically more accurate than yesterday’s mercury thermometers. Today’s thermometers can give you a precise temperature right down to the tenth of a degree and present that to you on a large, easy to read digital display. That way, you can make your next decision based on sound information.
2: A thermometer can give you a quick idea if something is wrong.
Infrared thermometers will often provide an accurate reading in a matter of seconds. If you are concerned that your child may be coming down with something, being able to obtain their temperature quickly can enable you to switch to treatment mode without delay.
3: Thermometers are more important than ever now.
The coronavirus outbreak (1) has sent shockwaves through communities worldwide and caused unprecedented disruption. Millions fear they or their loved ones may be the next to fall victim. Early recognition of the symptoms and aggressive treatment is crucial to a positive outcome. A thermometer can provide you with that early warning.
4: A thermometer lets you choose where to take the temperature.
Depending on the type of digital thermometer, you may be able to use it in the mouth, the armpit, or the rectum. Other thermometers give you a choice of obtaining a temperature via the forehead or ears. The point is, you are rarely confined to only one way to get the temperature reading you need.
5: A thermometer does not have to touch someone to work.
Infrared thermometers do not have to touch a person to read their temperature. This can be a major plus if you have a sick child who is uncomfortable and having a hard time sitting still. You can take their temperature quickly in a painless, non-invasive way.
6: A thermometer is an essential part of any home first aid kit.
Every home should have an emergency first aid kit. If you do not currently have one, you should put one together simply because you never know when you might need it. And that is true whether you live alone or have a large family. A thermometer is considered by all major health organizations to be an essential component of any home first aid kit (2).
7: A thermometer can provide a temperature history.
Knowing your temperature or the temperature of a loved one is important. But if someone is sick, it is also important to be able to track their temperature history. This can indicate whether they are still in danger or are on the mend. Most of the best thermometers today provide a temperature history. Some go back as many as 20 readings.
8: Digital thermometers are safer than mercury thermometers.
Mercury thermometers have fallen out of favor for numerous reasons. None more so than the fact that they are dangerous. The whole notion of putting a stick of glass filled with mercury into a child’s mouth today seems ludicrous. And it is. Especially when there are so many easy to use, accurate and affordable digital thermometers available.
9: A thermometer provides peace of mind.
Just as important to most parents as knowing their child is sick is knowing they are not sick. Suspecting your child may be ill, but not being able to prove it one way or the other leaves you in a terrible kind of limbo. It may be a long way to the doctor’s office, or it may be the middle of the night. Either way, being able to confirm that your child is okay can provide invaluable peace of mind.
10: Digital thermometers are easy to read.
Traditional mercury thermometers are notoriously difficult to read. It often takes a lot of practice and experience to read them accurately, especially in low light. Today’s thermometers provide a large, easy to read digital display that lights up so it can be easily seen regardless of the light conditions. No more wondering if you read the thermometer correctly.
11: A thermometer can protect your family in uncertain times.
Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. If you are having guests, over a thermometer can help ensure that your friendly post-lockdown get together is as safe as possible. After all, if it is good enough for stores, mass transit lines, and airports (3)(4), it’s good enough for your loved ones.
12: A thermometer can tell you if you need to call in sick.
People sometimes wake up in the morning not feeling right. Still, they are unsure if they are just tired or if they need to call in sick. Having a thermometer at the ready can remove any doubt. You will know in an instant if you should call the office or head for the shower.
13: Digital thermometers are hygienic.
Infrared thermometers obtain a temperature with having to contact the person. That is important during cold and flu season because it greatly reduces the risk of transmitting the cold or flu virus by way of the thermometer. You do not have to disinfect the thermometer every time you use it. Nor do you need to keep a separate thermometer for someone in the house who may be sick.
14: Thermometers requires very little maintenance.
A digital thermometer depends on a lot of state-of-the-art technology to deliver its verdict. But, despite all the years of R&D that went into them, they are almost entirely maintenance-free. Yes, some will need to be recalibrated periodically. But that is done by the manufacturer, not you.
15: A thermometer is affordable healthcare.
The price of staying healthy these days has gone through the roof. Fortunately, the digital thermometer is one component of your first aid kit that will not cost you an arm and a leg. Considering how long you are likely to have it, the actual cost will likely come to just pennies a day. When you think of how they can help you improve your overall health, that is money very well spent.
16: A thermometer has multiple uses.
At least some of them do. Infrared thermometers, in particular, can be put to numerous uses. You can use them to see if a pot is too hot to handle, whether your coffee is still hot or whether your main dish has gone cold waiting for your guests to arrive. You can check the temperature of the baby’s bath and make sure that bowl you are about to retrieve from the microwave is not going to burn you.
17: A thermometer can provide readings in Celsius or Fahrenheit.
Some people are more comfortable with Celsius (5), some are more comfortable with Fahrenheit (6). But whichever temperature scale floats your boat, most of today’s best thermometers can provide readings in both.
18: Some digital thermometers have warning alarms.
Old fashioned mercury thermometers were often so hard to read it was difficult to tell when someone was in the early stages of illness. Not so with today’s digital thermometers. Most of them are programmed to sound the alarm if they detect even modest temperature anomalies. It is the kind of early warning that can save a lot of trouble in the long run.
19: A thermometer can be used by everyone in the family.
Trying to decide whether to use a mercury thermometer on a young child was almost as nerve-wracking as worrying whether they were sick. Most of today’s thermometers can safely be used by every member of the family, no matter how old or young.
Today’s digital thermometers provide a fast and accurate temperature reading while eliminating the risks associated with traditional glass and mercury thermometers. They are safe for children and adults, can store your temperature history, are easy to read and require very little maintenance.