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When it comes to setting the temperature on your water heater, there’s no “one-size-fits-all” solution. A delicate balance between safety, energy efficiency, and your personal preference is the formula to finding what works for you. So, let’s dive into this “hot” topic with your trusted Lancaster Plumbing & Drain family!  

Discussing Safety 

When it comes to setting the temperature on your water heater, safety is key! The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) suggests keeping it at 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower to avoid scalding injuries. But you also should note that going too low can invite unwanted bacterial guests like Legionella.  

Saving Money on Energy Usage  

Not only does lowering your water heater temperature protect your family from hot water-related accidents, but it can also save you money on energy efficiency. According to the Department of Energy, every 10-degree reduction in temperature can shrink your energy costs by 3-5%.  

Finding the Right Temperature   

Some folks might find the suggested temperature a tad lukewarm for their taste. It’s normal for some people to crave a hotter setting for hot baths or showers. If this resonates with you, it’s okay to raise your water heater’s thermostat temperature to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Just make sure it’s not set any higher than that for safety reasons. The last thing you want is to be scalded and deal with burn injuries.  

There are a few other factors that might come into play when determining the ideal temperature for your water heater. For instance, if you’ve got a dishwasher, it’s worth checking the manufacturer’s recommendations for water heater settings. Some dishwashers don’t preheat themselves, or they work best at higher temperatures. If that’s the case for you, setting your water heater to 140 degrees Fahrenheit could be the way to go. Also, if you’re in an area with hard water, cranking up the temperature too high could result in mineral buildup and reduce its efficiency. So, it’s something to keep in mind.    

So, what’s the perfect temperature for your water heater? Well, it’s a mix of safety, energy efficiency, and personal preference! While 120 degrees is the usual recommendation, don’t be afraid to tinker and find what works best for your home. Just remember to stay within the suggested ranges!  

Lancaster Plumbing & Drain has your plumbing needs covered! We’ll keep things flowing smoothly, so you can relax and enjoy hot showers without a hitch! Call us at (740) 796-8998, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!