Water Heater Temperature Matters
From taking your morning shower to washing the dishes, to winding down in a warm bath, hot, running water is a luxury that we expect in our homes. And, as the consumer of about 18% of our energy bills, our water heater is an appliance we rely on to avoid a disruption in our daily routines!
With a wide variety of uses for hot water, at what temperature should your water heater be set?
What is the Perfect Temperature?
If the water in your home is too cold, you’re probably feeling it during your morning shower! But cold, stagnant water in your water heater could be susceptible to carrying certain bacteria and diseases. For this reason, you’ll want to be sure the temperature is high enough to keep things safe.
Water safety extends beyond disease control, though. It is essential that your water will not burn your family’s skin. So, what is the perfect temperature? While it’s different for each home and family, 120 degrees will keep the water feeling all-around safe! This will keep the water supply warm enough for a small family and is safe for children as well as the elderly.
If 120 isn’t cutting it for you, feel free to turn the heater up a few degrees at a time to find the perfect temperature for you!
As we mentioned before, water heaters are a big energy guzzler. How can you limit your spending here? Simply by turning the temperature down! It is estimated that every 10 degrees you lower the temperature, you’ll save between 3-5% on your bill!