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There is no magic number that works for everyone when it comes to setting your water heater’s temperature. The ideal temperature for your water heater depends on factors like safety, energy efficiency, and personal preference. So, let’s explore this topic together with your Kettering Plumbing & Drain family. 

Let’s Talk About Safety 

When setting the temperature on your water heater, safety should be your top priority. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), it is recommended to set the temperature at 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent scalding injuries, especially among children and the elderly. But you should also keep in mind that setting the temperature too low can increase the risk of bacteria growth, such as Legionella. 

Let’s Talk About Energy Savings   

Lowering the temperature of your water heater not only protects your family from hot water-related injuries but also helps you save money on energy bills. The Department of Energy states that for every 10-degree reduction in water heater temperature, you can save between 3-5% in energy costs.  

Let’s Talk About Finding Your Ideal Temperature   

Some people may find the recommended temperature too low. It’s understandable if you prefer a slightly higher temperature for taking hot baths/showers. So, if you live alone (or have no children or elderly in the house) and prefer hotter showers, setting your water heater at 140 degrees may be more suitable. The important thing is to find a comfortable temperature that is safe as well. 

To determine the best temperature for your water heater, consider a few other factors. For instance, if you have a dishwasher, check the manufacturer’s recommendations for water heater settings. Some dishwashers don’t preheat themselves or require higher temperatures for optimal performance. In such cases, setting your water heater at 140 degrees Fahrenheit might be the best choice. Just be sure you aren’t setting it higher than that. Moreover, if you live in an area with hard water, setting your water heater too high can lead to mineral buildup and reduce its efficiency. 

To sum up, the ideal water heater temperature is a balance of safety, energy efficiency, and personal preference. While 120 degrees Fahrenheit is typically recommended for most households, it’s crucial to consider your specific needs and make adjustments accordingly. Feel free to experiment and make changes within the suggested ranges to find what works best for your home!   

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