The best hot water heater temperature setting for your home depends on a number of factors, including the risk of scalding, bacteria growth, and your household’s hot water demand.

General recommendations:

  • The US Department of Energy recommends setting your water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature is safe for most people and can help you save energy.
  • If you have young children or elderly people in your home, you may want to set the temperature to 115 degrees Fahrenheit to reduce the risk of scalding.
  • If you have an immunocompromised person in your home or you frequently use hot water for tasks such as washing dishes or sterilizing equipment, you may want to set the temperature to 140 degrees Fahrenheit to kill bacteria.

Benefits of upgrading to a tankless water heater:

  • Reduce the risk of stagnant water: Tankless water heaters heat water on demand, so there is no tank of water that can become stagnant and harbor bacteria.
  • Save energy: Tankless water heaters are more energy-efficient than traditional storage tank water heaters.
  • Get endless hot water: Tankless water heaters can provide a continuous supply of hot water, even if multiple people are using hot water at the same time.

Tips for saving energy on your water heater:

  • Take shorter showers.
  • Install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators.
  • Insulate your hot water pipes.
  • Flush your water heater tank once a year to remove sediment.

For upgrading, replacement, and repairs, give us a call at (843) 530-4179.

Pride Plumbing is a licensed and insured plumbing company that specializes in hot water heater services. They can help you choose the right hot water heater for your needs, install it correctly, and provide regular maintenance and repairs.

By following these tips, you can find the best hot water heater temperature setting for your home, save energy, and extend the life of your hot water heater.