What Is The Ideal Temperature For My Water Heater At Home?

13th July 2018
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Many people are not aware of the fact that they can adjust the maximum temperature of their water heater. There is this maximum temperature setting on the heater that allows you to set how hot the water in your faucets will be at any moment. Most of us either neglect this function or do not think that to change this temperature is necessary. However, the fact is that there is a difference in adjusting this maximum temperature.
Usually, a water heater from the factory is preset to a maximum temperature of 60 degrees. Some may argue that 60 degrees Celcius is the ideal temperature, while others may say that to reduce the maximum heat to 50 degrees is better. Here, we are going to take a closer look at each one of their arguments, and see which one makes more sense.

For 50 degrees:
There are many reasons to set your temperature at 50 degrees:
1. Environmental Reasons.
A lower temperature usually means that the electrical or gas energy needed to heat up your water is slightly lower than if the temperature is at 60 degrees. It is better for the environment. It takes electrical or gas energy not just to warm your water, but also to maintain the temperature in the storage tank. As a result, when you need the water, you can access the heat at any time. Decreasing the temperature by 10 degrees significantly lessens the quantity of energy demanded.
2. Cash Savings.
It saves you cash. The energy savings aren't just better for the environment, but for the wallet, possibly saving you up to $60 a year. A water flow with lower temperature is less likely to deposit minerals in your pipes, minimizing issues brought on by hard water and keeping your water flow unobstructed.
3. Prevention of scalding.
It prevents harmful scalding. This is arguably the argument that outweighs the rest. Water coming from the faucet in 140 degrees can lead to severe burns over a couple of seconds. By comparison, it takes a moment or two of exposure for 50-degree water until the skin burns. Young children and seniors are more sensitive to burns on their skin, and also for them scalding can be fatal.

The argument for 60 levels
But you will want to maintain your temperature greater if you have been advised that your water supply is prone to germs. Additionally, it is essential to keep the heat higher if you or your family have sensitive or compromised immune systems.

Which one should you choose then?
Most households can afford to adjust the temperature down to 60 degrees levels without risk. If you share a house with toddlers or elderly relatives, then the threat of scalding is much, much more severe than any rare strain of bacteria. You might also want to put money into a tankless water heater, which heats water only when required and has no storage tank. If you aren't yet on the marketplace for a new water heater, then you can try to insulate your current heater and pipes. Insulation helps to preserve energy and reduce nrgy expendutre. (This will save money for the same temperature setting!)
If you confront the chance of bacteria and have notably young or older family members, the most appropriate plan of action is probably to keep the temperature at 50--and install an anti-scald apparatus. The principal concern has to do with killing some specific strains of bacteria. Most homeowners will not need to worry about it since water at 50 degrees will remove most common bacteria. However, 60 levels are required to kill a rare and specific breed, Legionnaires' disease bacteria, which induces a severe pneumonia-like sickness.

Change Your Temperature
Once you decide which temperature is better for your loved ones, you'll want to go about changing it. First, determine what temperature your water currently runs. This step is as straightforward as letting the water from your faucet run warm, filling a glass, and with a kitchen thermometer to determine its temperature. Risk factors for LDB bacteria include old water systems using rusty pipes or a water storage system that allows water to stagnate outside or for long intervals. In case you decide you want to correct the temperature, you may need to consult your water heater's manual to find out at which the temperature is set. In some cases, you will discover a control hidden behind panels.

If you run into issues with adjusting your water heater setting or find a leak or another problem, a technician from Republic Plumber will be glad to give you a hand. Give us a call at 9368 4330 any time of the day or night for support.

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