Optimal Water Heater Temperature

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Water Heater Repair Chandler AZ

Much has been discussed over what is an ideal water heater temperature setting. Numerous sources, consisting of ENERGY STAR, provide the energy saving aspects of temperature levels of 120 degrees or lower. And yes, there are savings to be had, but realistically for those whose present setting is closer to the typical factory preset temperature of 140 degrees.

Conversely, not as many share information about the possibility of contracting Legionella bacteria with a lower setting, particularly with a temperature lower than 120 degrees. OSHA states some exceptional safety measures for avoiding this.

Water Heater Repair Chandler AZ’s¬†conclusions are that it is something that each household should weigh in terms of potential health concerns mainly. For those with children or with elderly people in the house, a higher setting can be a water scalding concern. Alternatively, those vulnerable to contracting respiratory infections, a higher setting should be used.

Below is an infographic highlighting the various temperature level growth ranges of Legionella.

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