The temperature of your water heater can impact more than just how warm your water is. Knowing and controlling the temperature of your water heater is pertinent, particularly if you have children in your home. It can also save you tons of money on energy bills.
Our San Fernando plumbers explain what you should know below:
Protect Your Family from Scald Injuries
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Those who love hot water should be warned, turning the dial past 140 degrees Fahrenheit can be hazardous. It only takes five seconds to burn the skin at 140 degrees and only half a second to burn the skin at 160 degrees. Even at 120 degrees, prolonged exposure is at risk of scalding, especially with the elderly and children.
The leading burn-related injury among children is scald burns, accounting for nearly 65% hospitalized burn injuries for children under the age of four. Hot tap water can account for a lot of injuries.
Save Money on Energy
Turning the dial down can help prevent you from wasting money on energy bills. It’s said that for every 10 degrees you lower your water heater temperature, you can shave off $1 from your monthly energy bill. This might not seem like a lot, but over time that money can really add up. Keeping your water heater at a comfortable lower temperature is a much better alternative than constantly altering it.
If you would like to know more about water heaters or the hazards they can create, contact Duran & Sons Universal Plumbing & Rooter. Our San Fernando plumbing company is highly experienced and knowledgeable about a wide variety of plumbing needs and services.
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