Choosing Better Plumbing Fixtures

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Choosing Better Plumbing Fixtures

I have never been the kind of person that loves to decorate their home, but when we started planning our first new home build, I got kind of into the process. I decided to choose high-end fixtures that would really set our home apart, and the difference was astounding. It was amazing to see how much nicer the plumbing fixtures operated, and how enjoyable it was to use them. This blog is all about choosing better plumbing fixtures and understanding how to install them on your own. You never know, you might uncover a new skill that will really benefit you in the future.

120 Degrees ~ Why It's The Right Fahrenheit For Your Water Heater

Are you concerned about extending the lifecycle of your water heater? If so, you should take a moment to understand how adjusting the water temperature can provide several benefits, which include improving the performance and safety of water heaters. The following information will help you to understand key benefits you can expect by making the decision to monitor the temperature on your water heater.

Home Safety

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends that consumers do not set their water heaters above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This recommendation is aimed to reduce the chances of scalding occurring. Even at 120 degrees, there is still a possibility that scalding could occur, but the CPSC estimates that it would take at least five minutes of exposure at this setting. Perhaps you are thinking that you are not at risk and will know to mix heated tap water with cold water, but think of other family members such as small children, elderly, or disabled individuals. 

Energy Savings

Lowering the temperature on your water heater means that it will require less energy. This may equate to lower energy bills, especially if you have other energy efficiency techniques in place. You could save even more by adjusting the temperature setting to vacation when you will be away from home for several days. You could also save a little money daily if you and your family are away from home most days of the week for hours at a time. For example,  if you spend most of your weekdays at school and work, lowering to the vacation setting during those hours could add up. You would need to remember to readjust the temperature when you get home to ensure that you have hot water for baths shortly after you return.

Environmental Impact

The energy you can save by adjusting the temperature on your water heater also helps preserve fossil fuels. This means that your efforts will help the environment, and you can minimize your household's carbon footprint. 

A plumber is a good resource to use for more water heater tips. These tips can help you to recognize potential water heater issues that could damage your water heater if they are not repaired. For example, rumbling noises could be a sign that there is sediment buildup in your water heater. If this buildup is not removed, the mineral-based substance may harden and cause the metal to corrode. Corrosion may make the metal tank brittle and prone to cracking and leaking. 

For more information, contact Drain-A-Way Inc or a similar company.