There are a few factors to consider when setting the temperature for your commercial water heater. Just by making a few smart choices, you can improve the energy efficiency of your establishment and save yourself some money without compromising on performance.
In this article, let’s take a look at some energy-saving tips for your water heater temperature settings.
Familiarize Yourself with the Default Setting
Although this may differ slightly by manufacturer, most water heaters in the nation are set to a default temperature of 140 degrees. This is the recommended temperature setting by the Department of Energy, as bacteria will not be able to survive in the water this hot.
If individuals with compromised immune systems will be making use of your hot water supply, it’s recommended to keep your water temperature settings at their default. In other cases, there are some instances where you may be able to adjust the settings in the interest of saving energy.
Lowering Your Settings by 20 Degrees Saves 10%
Did you know that for every 20 degrees you bring down your water heater temperature, you can save up to 10% on your energy bills? While it may not sound like much, it can start to add up over time. Of course, as a business, you may not be able to lower your temperature settings all the time.
Think about it: are there any slower periods during the day when you can afford to turn down your water heater temperature? Maybe your restaurant does not open till 5:00 PM, but your employees come in at 2:00 PM to prepare for opening. During these three hours, you may consider turning down your water heater temperature settings.
Adjusting Water Heater Temperature Settings
Depending on your specific type of water heater, there may be a different adjustment method involved. If you are using an electric water heater, all you need to do is adjust the settings at the top and bottom. You will find that the setting knobs are usually obscured behind a panel, but once you find them, the adjustment process is easy.
If you have a newer gas water heater, it may come with adjustment knobs similar to those on electric water heaters. With older units, you may find the temperature knob is located nearer to the base.
Are you using a tankless water heater? If so, you likely love the convenience of being able to check the temperature settings on the LED panel, where you can directly adjust the settings to the level of precision required.
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