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Is There a Perfect Water Heater Temperature?

In the last week, how much time have you dedicated to really thinking about the thermostat on your water heater? If you’re like the rest of us here in Orlando, probably very little, if any!

While your water heater’s thermostat and the temperature of your water may not regularly cross your mind, it is an incredibly important factor to consider for the health and safety of not only your home but your family as well.

There actually is an ideal temperature to set your thermostat at and, today, the qualified professionals here at Shamrock Plumbing and Drain Cleaning LLC will tell you all about it.

Warm Weather Can Actually Fight Bacteria

fightsbacteriaStanding water can often be a haven for different types of bacteria. Because your water heater is essentially just a giant container of standing water, it has the potential to really breed and harbor harmful bacteria that is a threat to your family.

This is one of the reasons that setting your water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit can actually fight the formation of bacteria and keep your family healthy.

One of the most common bacteria found in water heaters is Legionella (commonly known as Legionnaires Disease) which has the potential to become fatal if not caught and treated quickly. Symptoms include headache, muscle pain, chills, high fever, and shortness of breath.

The Default Water Heater Temperature Can Save You Money

waterheatertemperatureAll new water heaters have a default temperature that is automatically set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The problem with this default, however, is that it often leads to scalding injuries, especially in the very young or very old.

In addition to the physical harm that can come with having your water heater temperature be set too high, it also ultimately ends up costing you money. The cost of heating your water heater 20 degrees higher than necessary can end up costing you hundreds of dollars a year on your electricity bill.

Additionally, because your traditional tanked unit is running even when you’re not home, that can translate into considerable losses each year. All water heaters are different, so check out your user manual for additional information on how to find your water heater’s thermometer and how to change your water heater temperature.

How to Ensure You Always Have Warm Water Available

availablewaterAlthough it can feel like an adjustment at first, reducing your water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit will result in your family always having warm water available at the turn of a dial.

No more waiting for the shower to heat up, your water heater will be able to instantly supply it to you without hesitation. Especially with our warm, Orlando weather, water measuring 120 degrees will feel plenty warm while not having a negative effect on your baths and showers.

Just that simple adjustment in temperature can make a world of difference. If you’re not sure where your water heater’s thermometer is or how to change your water heater temperature, please don’t hesitate to contact our staff here at Shamrock Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Inc.

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