What Are We Doing to Protect You?    New Protocol for COVID-19
We are giving away FREE STUFF from local businesses and organizations!
What Are We Doing to Protect You?
New Protocol for COVID-19
We are giving away FREE STUFF from local businesses and organizations!
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH
What Are We Doing to Protect You?    New Protocol for COVID-19
We are giving away FREE STUFF from local businesses and organizations!
What Are We Doing to Protect You?
New Protocol for COVID-19
We are giving away FREE STUFF from local businesses and organizations!
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH

What's the Best Temperature Setting for My Hot Water Heater?

What's the Best Temperature Setting for My Hot Water Heater?

When it comes to setting your water heater, there are several things to consider, such as health, safety, and savings. Ultimately, the “best” temperature setting depends on your personal preference. Below are a few tips to consider when making that decision.

Recommended Temperature Setting

Both the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommend that users set their water heaters at 120°F. Hot water is responsible for approximately 18% of your power consumption. Temperatures 120°F and lower can save you as much as $400 on your next energy bill. This recommended temperature also prevents accidents such as burning and scalding, as temperatures of 150°F and higher are enough to cause third-degree burns.

Things to Consider When Setting Your Water Heater

#1 High-Risk Individuals Living in the Home

Children and the elderly are considered to be high-risk individuals. Their skin is more delicate when exposed to high temperatures, putting them at risk of burns and other injuries. Additionally, elders have weaker reflexes, which means they won’t be able to quickly step out of the shower once they realize that the water is too hot. Bringing the water heater temperature down to 120°F is a safe choice.

#2 Occupants Who Have Respiratory Diseases

If anyone in your household suffers from a chronic respiratory disease, it may benefit them to set the water heater temperature slightly higher. Bacteria develop in lukewarm water with a temperature of 51°F to 135°F. Water heaters are prone to legionella bacteria, a type of organism that accumulates at the base of water heaters -- this bacteria can cause pneumonia. Setting the water heater at 140°F can prevent the growth of harmful pathogens.

#3 Energy Savings

Unless there are individuals with respiratory problems in the house, 120°F is warm enough to give you a comfortable bath or shower. Additionally, setting your water heater below the recommended temperature lets you save up to 5% for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Lowering the thermostat to 120°F from 140°F will let you save up to 10% on your electricity bill.

You should also consider purchasing an energy-efficient water heater. Look for the “Energy Star” label on the model -- those with 0.67 to 0.70 energy factors can help reduce your household’s energy consumption. It’s also a good idea to buy a smaller water heater, as larger ones are prone to more heat loss.

My Water Heater Doesn’t Show the Temperature

Modern water heaters come with a built-in thermostat or temperature control panel. If your water heater isn’t equipped with one, you can manually check using a candy or water thermometer. Simply turn on the tap, let the water run for three minutes, and then take the temperature directly from the faucet. Adjust the thermostat until you research your preferred temperature.

Conclusion

So, what’s the best temperature for your water heater? Ideally, it should be at 120°F unless persons with sensitive skin, such as infants and elders, are living with you. However, if you want to kill bacteria, setting it to 140°F is an acceptable choice.

If you’re having problems with your water heater, this may indicate a more serious problem to your system. When this happens, call your local technician immediately.

24 Hour Emergency Service Available
(317) 535-9338 • or • Schedule Service Online
 
Contact Info
 
Address: 501 Main Street
P.O. Box 56 • Whiteland, IN 46184
 
 
Fax: (317) 535-1054
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Schedule Service
Payment Options
 
We accept check for Air conditioner repair service provided in Franklin IN.
For AC in Whiteland IN, we accept most major credit cards.
We accept cash for Cooling repair service provided in Greenwood IN.
We accept check for Air conditioner repair service provided in Franklin IN.
We accept cash for Cooling repair service provided in Greenwood IN.
For AC in Whiteland IN, we accept most major credit cards.
CONNECT WITH US
Like us on facebook for more info on our AC repair service in Whiteland IN
For AC repair service in Whiteland IN, find us on Google!
Leave the maintenance stress to our technicians on your next Electrical service in Franklin IN
Read what your neighbors say about the AC repair or installation we performed near Greenwood IN on Yelp!
Business Hours
 
Monday:  8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday:  8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday:  8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday:  8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday:  8:00am - 5:00pm
Sat - Sun:  Closed
GET AN ESTIMATE
CONNECT WITH US
 
For AC repair in Whiteland IN, like us on Facebook!
For AC repair in Franklin IN, visit us on Google!
To schedule your Air conditioner installation in Greenwood IN, just email us!
Read what your neighbors say about the AC repair or installation we performed near Whiteland IN on Yelp!
Business Hours
 
Monday:  8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday:  8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday:  8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday:  8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday:  8:00am - 5:00pm
Sat - Sun:  Closed
GET AN ESTIMATE
CONNECT WITH US
 
For AC repair in Whiteland IN, like us on Facebook!
For AC repair in Franklin IN, visit us on Google!
To schedule your Air conditioner installation in Greenwood IN, just email us!
Read what your neighbors say about the AC repair or installation we performed near Whiteland IN on Yelp!
 
We service Aprilaire home comfort products in Greenwood IN.
We repair Bosch AC products in Whiteland IN.
Beeson Mechanical Service, Inc. works with Fujitsu AC products in Franklin IN.
Contact Info
 
Address: 501 Main Street
P.O. Box 56 • Whiteland, IN 46184
 
 
Fax: (317) 535-1054
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Schedule Service
Payment Options
 
We accept check for Air conditioner repair service provided in Franklin IN.
For AC in Whiteland IN, we accept most major credit cards.
We accept cash for Cooling repair service provided in Greenwood IN.
We accept check for Air conditioner repair service provided in Franklin IN.
We accept cash for Cooling repair service provided in Greenwood IN.
For AC in Whiteland IN, we accept most major credit cards.
CONNECT WITH US
Like us on facebook for more info on our AC repair service in Whiteland IN
For AC repair service in Whiteland IN, find us on Google!
Leave the maintenance stress to our technicians on your next Electrical service in Franklin IN
Read what your neighbors say about the AC repair or installation we performed near Greenwood IN on Yelp!
Business Hours
 
Monday:  8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday:  8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday:  8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday:  8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday:  8:00am - 5:00pm
Sat - Sun:  Closed
GET AN ESTIMATE
CONNECT WITH US
 
For AC repair in Whiteland IN, like us on Facebook!
For AC repair in Franklin IN, visit us on Google!
To schedule your Air conditioner installation in Greenwood IN, just email us!
Read what your neighbors say about the AC repair or installation we performed near Whiteland IN on Yelp!
Payment Options
 
We accept check for Air conditioner repair service provided in Franklin IN.
For AC in Whiteland IN, we accept most major credit cards.
We accept cash for Cooling repair service provided in Greenwood IN.
We accept check for Air conditioner repair service provided in Franklin IN.
We accept cash for Cooling repair service provided in Greenwood IN.
For AC in Whiteland IN, we accept most major credit cards.
CONNECT WITH US
Like us on facebook for more info on our AC repair service in Whiteland IN
For AC repair service in Whiteland IN, find us on Google!
Leave the maintenance stress to our technicians on your next Electrical service in Franklin IN
Read what your neighbors say about the AC repair or installation we performed near Greenwood IN on Yelp!
Home   |   Email Us   |   Schedule Service   |   Get a Quote   |   Employment
Home   |   Email Us   |   Schedule Service
Get a Quote   |   Employment