Best Water Heater Temperature

Carolina weather is notoriously unpredictable during the winter months - we may get mild weather one day, then a freezing cold day the next.  These cold days often prompt us to enjoy the warmer features in our home all the more. A space heater, warm blankets, and hot showers often become our go-to on these cold winter days. While you want your shower to be hot, it shouldn’t be scalding hot. You can avoid this by setting the best water heater temperature.

Manufacturers often set the water heater to 140 degrees. Although this is the standard temperature for water heaters, it can produce water that is much hotter than ideal. If you have small children in the home who like to play with faucets, then you’ll definitely want to adjust the water heater temperature.

The best water heater temperature is around 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Not only will 120 degrees feel just the right amount of hot, but it will also help you save on your energy bills! The estimated annual savings from your water heater set at 120 degrees is about $10-30.

Image shows hot water coming from shower headAccording to the EPA, setting your water heater at 120 degrees is also hot enough to prevent diseases and bacteria from growing. The EPA does warn you not to turn it too low, however. Doing so could cause bacteria to grow or prevent you from getting enough hot water during your showers.

Check the current temperature setting on your water heater by taking a temperature reading from your faucet. You can also find it by looking at the dial located on your water heater.

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