There are few things more versatile inside your home than the hot water that comes from your taps. This water is utilized to help you relax in the shower of bath after a long day. Hot water can also be used to disinfect your dishes and laundry as they run through their respective cycles.
A water heater is central to the production of hot water in your home, but it can also be an appliance that eats up a lot of energy. The right temperature setting on your water heater will help you balance comfort and safety with energy savings in the future.
Temperature Setting Too High
Most water heaters come with the manufacturer temperature setting in place. This setting is usually 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Manufacturers know that this temperature will create the hot water that you are looking for, but it might not be the most energy efficient setting.
If you are afraid to pass your hand through a steady stream of straight hot water from any of the faucets in your home, then your water heater setting is probably a little too high. Reducing the temperature can actually increase your comfort level by eliminating the potential for scalding.
A lower temperature setting can also reduce energy consumption, allowing you to lower your utility costs each month.
Temperature Setting Too Low
If you decide to lower the temperature setting on your water heater, you need to understand that you can't set the temperature too low if you want to maintain the safety of your water supply. Water heaters are supposed to be set high enough to eliminate bacterial growth.
Most bacteria species cannot survive extreme temperatures, so keeping the temperature high enough in your storage tank is key to the health and well being of your family. Don't set the thermostat on your water heater lower than 120 degrees Fahrenheit if you want to ensure the death of bacteria in your water supply.
Finding the right temperature setting for your water heater can take time and some experimentation. Don't be afraid to adjust the temperature in increments to find the sweet spot where safety, comfort, and energy savings reach a harmonious balance within your home.
An experienced plumber can offer the help you need to safely adjust your water heater without causing significant damage to the appliance itself. Work with your local plumber to begin customizing the temperature setting on your water heater today.