Water Heater Temperature Settings

I am still amazed at the number of people who have no idea what their water heater at home is set at. So for all of you out there who are unsure, here are a few facts.

A spa or Jacuzzi hot tub is recommended to be set at 102 degrees Fahrenheit. This is most likely the temperature of a normal adult bath or shower. If you have ever experienced a hot tub at 105 degrees, you know that it was too hot and may have even complained to the hotel front desk.

A comfortable infant bath is usually 94-98 degrees. You will appear with red skin but you cannot have an officially diagnosed burn, if the liquid is under 114 degrees Fahrenheit. These numbers are tested and supported by the medical community.

It is therefore difficult for me to understand why so many water heaters are set on: “high”, “hot”, “very hot”, “150”, etc. The newer water heaters are set with positions like; A,B,C,D and E, with E being the hottest setting. It is not uncommon for me to see water heaters at their highest setting (regardless of how that is indicated) registering in excess of 150 degrees Fahrenheit.

It is recommended that your water heater be set at or lower than 114 degrees to eliminate the possibility of accidental injury. You may be familiar with your faucet controls but what about the unsuspecting visitor?

Some believe the water setting must be at its highest due to bacterial build up in the dishwasher. This is not a valid argument since there are heating elements in dishwashers that increase the water temperature to a safe level.

Lastly, even if you are saying, “but I have no children in the home”, then let me remind you it is cheaper to heat to 114 than to 150 plus. $$$$$$$

Thanks for listening and now go get a thermometer and make your home safe for everyone.