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Is Your Water Heater Temperature Too Hot?

 

On a cold winter morning, sometimes there’s nothing better than a hot shower to get you warmed up and ready for your day. But if you’re not careful, the hot water can be a little too hot — for you and your children, and also for your wallet.

Here’s how to make sure you keep you and your family from scalding temperatures when the temptation to move that hot water knob a little further to the left hits. Set your water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This will prevent you and your little ones from accidental harm when taking a bath or shower, or even washing your hands.

Some manufacturers do recommend 140 degrees, but if you have young children in your home, it’s especially important keep your temperature setting at 120 degrees or slightly below. Further, lowering the temperature can decrease your bill by an estimated $10-30 annually for each 10 degree decrease in temperature.

But what about your ensuring your water is hot enough to sanitize dishes in your dishwasher? No worries, that’s why dishwashers have heat boosters. Dishwasher manufacturers actually point to monthly water bill savings as a benefit of heat boosters because you don’t have to keep your entire house at a higher temperature to make sure your dishes are clean.

Are there any cons? The only risk of lowering the water heater temperature is may allow bacteria to build up with the lower temperature. However, most people in general good health do not have to worry. If you have a suppressed immune system or chronic respiratory problems consider keeping it at 140. If you have small children, or are elderly, make sure to add mixing valves at each sink or shower which will help prevent you from scalding accident.

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Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! You can reach the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

 

How to Choose a Dishwasher

Choosing a dishwasher is much easier (and a lot more fun) than in the past!GoGreenPlumbing

In the past, there were very limited options.  You basically could only choose which color you wanted. Now, options are endless it seems. Options include traditional dishwashers with basically just a “start” feature and to high-end options with sleek and smooth stainless steel fronts, dishdrawers, countertop models and even in-sink models for smaller loads.  So, with this bewildering array of choices how do you decide which model is right for you?

First, consider you dishwashing needs.  Large families, or people that enjoy cooking extensively, may opt for a more traditional type of dishwasher in stainless steel with adjustable racks that can accommodate larger pots.  Smaller families or those living in smaller spaces may opt for a countertop model or even dishdrawers that can wash smaller loads more frequently. 

Second, consider the aesthetic of your space.  If you prefer sleek , professional looking appliances the stainless steel models, and especially newer black stainless steel models that resist fingerprints, might be just the ticket.  If you like for your kitchen to look cohesive, you can purchase panels that match your cabinet fronts to attach to the front of the dishwasher.  This custom look is popular in high-end homes. 

Finally, decide which specific issues are important to you – cleaning delicate crystal, energy efficiency, noise level, heavy duty pot and pans cycle?  Different models are better at each of these functions of use.  With today’s open floor plans and kitchen-centric entertaining noise level has become increasingly important.  Similarly, energy efficiency is an important issue for many looking to reduce their ecological footprint and associate costs of operation.

Have a plumbing issue and need some help?  Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day.  If water runs through it – We Do It!