Should You Reduce the Temperature of Your Water Heater?

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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The water heater is among the most energy-intensive equipment in most houses in Salt Lake City, so it’s a smart spot to begin if you’re trying to save money on energy in water heating systems. Though, there are different things to consider before lowering the temperature on your water heater.

If you adjust the thermostat too low, your water heater could become a potential source for dangerous microorganisms. Raising it too high could result in a burning mishap.

How Low Are You Able To Go?

In a nutshell, it’s 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests this level is the default thermostat range in most modern heating systems.

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Bacteria that cause Legionnaires’ illness are stopped from increasing and may even be eliminated to this degree. Bacteria die off more quickly when the temperature is raised. As a result, other organizations, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), suggest a water heater setting of 140°F.

If someone in your house has a robust immunity, 120 degrees should be acceptable, but it’s also the basic minimum. If someone in the house has a weakened immunity, a range near 140 degrees is preferable. If you have dishwashing that does not create warmth, you may need to raise the temperature.

What Does Scalding Mean?

Water can inflict a third-degree burning in five seconds when heated to 140 ° f. You’ll never realize when the scalding liquid will arrive since it takes a few seconds for the water temperature to travel through your pipelines and meet your water tap or bathroom faucet.

Since kids’ skin is lighter than grownups’, they are more vulnerable to water burns, and the aged are also in danger due to impaired sensitivity, movement, and reaction time.

There is a cure to the tug-of-war between pathogenic and scalding protection: anti-scald faucets. You can maintain your water heater set to 140 degrees while ensuring that it never reaches hotter than 120 degrees at the faucet by fitting them at each point of contact with hot water. A skilled enthusiast plumber can construct an anti-scald valve as a Craft project. However, the job’s difficulty varies depending on the plumbing arrangement. If you have a difficult installation, consult a licensed plumber.

What About Energy Efficiency?

Reducing energy and money is vital, but it pales compared to protecting yourself and your household from potentially fatal diseases. However, you may save money without turning down your water heater’s temperature:

Make Use of Less Hot Water

Take shorter showers using the dishwasher instead of handwashing to save water.

Wrap your hot water system and pipelines in insulation

This may be an hour DIY job because there are pre-cut sections of insulating that are easy to set up.

Get A New Water Heater

The ordinary water heater will last 8 to 12 years if treated properly. Water heaters that are elderly or in need of repair may be less efficient than when they were first installed. When looking for a good option, opt for Thornton Plumbing and Heating for their water heating services.

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