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Should You Adjust The Temperature of Your Water Heater?

Should You Adjust The Temperature of Your Water Heater?

Your water heater plays an important role in your plumbing system. You want to make sure that you set it at the right temperature so that everything will work. If your water temperature is too low, your water heater can become a host to dangerous bacteria. When your water temperature is too high, it can send scalding water through your pipes. This super hot water can cause injuries. A plumbing professional can make certain that your temperature is set as it should. The best temperature setting is between 120 and 140 degrees. It is important to have an energy efficient temperature that will not harm your health.

The Lowest Temperature

The U.S Department of Energy suggests the lowest temperature setting be 120 degrees. This temperature kills pathogens that start Legionnaires' Disease and other health issues. Pathogens will die faster at higher temperatures. OSHA recommends 140 degrees, at most, for the most safety. 120 degrees is a good option for many homes. If people in your home have a compromised immune system, the temperature needs to be closer to 140. This is to better protect them from illnesses.

Scalding Temperatures

If your water heater set to 140 degrees, you want to protect your household from burns. Water can cause third-degree burns in five seconds if set to 140 degrees. There are anti-scald valves that a plumbing professional can install. These safety valves are set up in different places depending on your plumbing system. We can help you to have safe water temperatures throughout your home.

Energy Efficiency

By lowering your water heater temperature, you can enjoy a more energy efficient home. Talk with a plumbing professional to make sure that you will be safe from illnesses. Set your water temperature between 120 and 140 for best results. You can have a more energy efficient home by making some simple changes. Use less hot water, run an energy efficient dishwasher, and keep up with maintenance. Replace your water heater when needed so that it will be as efficient as possible. Most water heaters need a replacement every 8 to 12 years. We can help you select and install your new water heater.

Call Us Today

We can help you have a safe and energy efficient home. We strive for energy efficiency, and we care about your health. Call us today for more information on how to make your home more energy-efficient. You can also schedule an appointment with our professional team for any repairs. If you need to replace your system, we have plenty of options for you.

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