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What is the Perfect Temperature for Your Water Heater?

Matt Polsinello - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Hot water is used for many tasks within your home. From washing dishes to cleaning your clothes, hot water is a necessity. Some folks tend to set their water heater to a temperature that is much higher than necessary. This can result in scalding, as well as an increase in your utility bill.

According to, the ideal temperature that your water heater should be set at is 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This is about 20 degrees cooler than most manufacturers suggest, yet it has become evident that having it set any higher for long periods of time is unnecessary. Here’s why:

  • It will save you money. A lower temperature = lower utility bills. To save even more, turn the temperature even lower (or off) if you are going to be away from your home for 3 or more days.
  • You reduce your chance of scalding. At this temperature, even your faucet’s hottest setting won’t scald. This is especially important if there are small children in the household.
  • It will slow mineral buildup and corrosion. 120 degrees is the perfect temperature to hinder these issues. Buildups inevitably occur over time when water is heated inside the metal pipes, so setting your water heater at a lower temperature will slow this process significantly.

Remember, it is best to turn the cold water on first, and then add hot water as needed until you reach the temperature you prefer. Always teach children to turn off the hot water first, followed by the cold water to keep them from accidentally getting the water too hot.

A good rule of thumb is that you should be able to have your water running on its hottest setting, and still be able to hold your hand in the stream of water comfortably. If you can only quickly put your hand in the water and then remove it, the setting is too high!

Contact Polsinello Fuels today to discuss your water heater needs!


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