What’s the Best Temperature for My Water Heater?

From taking a shower to washing the dishes, setting the right temperature for your water heater can make all the difference in your home. Whether you have an electric or gas water heater, the recommended temperature remains the same. So how high should you set it and why?

hvac technician servicing heating boiler
Technician Servicing Water Heater

Anywhere between 120 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit is acceptable. However, setting your heater to 130 degrees will lower the risk of scalding. Especially if you have children, be wary that setting your water heater too high can be a danger to them while bathing or washing hands. For this reason, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends setting it at 120 degrees to be on the safe side. And now that summer is approaching, you won’t need your shower to be too steamy.

Do you sense an unpleasant odor or own a dishwasher that doesn’t preheat water? If so, you may want to raise the temperature a bit. Just keep in mind that adjusting your water heater to a higher setting can cost you more money. Make sure your temperature keeps your home comfortable, but also suits your budget.

Need more tips on how to set the best temperature for the water in your home? At Barker & Sons Plumbing we don’t just install new water heaters, we will help you decide what type and size is best for your home and family needs. Call us today at 714.630.8766 or visit our website for more information.