Water Heaters 101
When water comes into your home, it makes its way through a series of pipes. It has to go through a water heater to make it the appropriate temperature for a shower, bath, laundry or dishes.
Water heaters are typically housed in your basement or laundry room. Although they can be tucked in closets or other out-of-the way nooks of the home. It’s looks like a tall metal drum. The water coming in to your home comes into this appliance where it gets heated for your various household needs.
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There are various styles of water heaters and some of the newer homes may have on demand water heating systems and these are tankless. But the tried and true water heater design is the kind that is most widely used.
While it make look very basic on the outside, that steel-can looking appliance is a smart design.
THE THERMOSTAT SETTING
The average temperature setting on your water heater’s thermostat is between 120 and 140 degrees -- a good temperature for general home use but not so hot that scalding is a risk.
If you have kids, it’s a good practice to set the temp at the lower end of that range. A lower temp also saves money and energy.
INSIDE YOUR WATER HEATER
Here is a quick overview of the components that make up a conventional water heater.