HOT WATER HEATER TEMPERATURE: WHY IT MATTERSNovember 6, 2022
In this video I show you how to adjust the temperature on an electric hot water heater. It is a very simple DIY project, usually only requires a screwdriver and a little time. In addition to showing you how to do a hot water heater temperature adjustment, I feel it is important to know some basics about proper water temperature for different situations.
From person to person the perception about the most comfortable water temperature will vary. Keeping this in mind in addition to the following information, will help you make the right temperature adjustment.
In households with the very young or with elderly members the hot water temperature should not be set above 120 degrees, but in households with an immunocompromised individual the temperature should be increased to 140 degrees. If the immunocompromised individual is very young or old, supervision is recommended, due to the increased risk of a serious burn. The American Burn Association says that three seconds of exposure to 140-degree-Fahrenheit water are all it takes to cause a serious burn injury.
The very young and the elderly are most prone to scald burns for a variety of reasons. They both have thinner skin layers and decreased ability to react quickly due to reduced reaction time, decreased mobility or lack of motor skills. In homes with the young or old a temperature setting of 120 degrees would be safer.
People who are immunocompromised, who’s body is unable to properly defend against microorganisms would possibly benefit from a higher water temperature. The ideal temperature for an electric hot water heater in households with immunocompromised persons is 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
Considering your family members age and immune status is important in deciding what water temperature is best for your home.
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