Why Lowering Your Water Heater Temperature Is Necessary

When Dallas has a dip in the outside temperature, nothing can beat the feeling of a hot shower to feel warm and relaxed. We might take a water heater for granted, but the water heater has become an essential part of our daily lives. In this blog, we’ll discuss why it is important to lower your water heater temperature and how to do it.

  1. Safety: Your safety is of foremost importance. Most water heaters are pre-set at 140 degrees at the time of purchase. With such a high temperature, you are a risk for scalding or other serious burn injuries. We recommend setting the water heater temperature back to 120 degrees to minimize that risk.
  2. Cost-Savvy: You can save money as well as energy by just turning down the water heater temperature. You might be wondering how just turning the temperature knob can save money. According to the U.S Department of Energy, water heating accounts for 15 to 25 percent of energy consumption in an average home. Lowering the temperature on your hot water heater serves as an effective method of reducing monthly energy bills without sacrificing the hot water needed for washing or bathing. Savings are derived by reduction of standby loss i.e., the heat lost from water into the environment. We recommend setting the temperature to its lowest setting in case you are plan to be away for a longer duration of time.
  3. Sediment: Over the period of time due to the presence of hard water or other contaminants present in water, the water heater tank starts corroding. This can shorten the lifespan of your water heater.

How To Reduce Water Heater Temperature

Lowering down the water heater knob is an easy task. At the time of purchase, every water heater is comprised of an instruction manual along with a water heater unit.  Read the manual to locate the thermostat and other instructions. Most of the electric water heaters have two thermostats and both need to be adjusted. You can also use a thermometer to check the current temperature you’re your water. Rotate the thermostat back to 120 degrees. In case you want to save more on energy bills, go for tankless water heaters as tankless water heaters don’t store heated water but rather generate hot water only when it is needed.

Keep your home warm this winter by expert heating solution experts from Dallas Plumbing Company, a trusted name for plumbing, heating and air conditioning in Dallas since 1903. We work diligently with homeowners to provide them with exceptional water heating solutions. Call us at 214-340-6300 or contact us to book an appointment.