Coming back in from mowing the lawn, or an intense outdoor workout, you want to cool off in a cool shower. It’s summer, right? You don’t want the scorching water spewing out of the shower head and making you more uncomfortable. That’s why you should know how to adjust a water heater.

While lowering the temperature on your water heater will make a difference during your shower, what you care most about is the effect it will have on your energy bill. More heat means more energy, and more energy means more money. You are likely to use more energy trying to cool your home with your HVAC system, but your water heater is a close second, even in the summer.

A good deal of water heaters have a suggested setting of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Think about that number when the outdoor temperatures reach into the 90s. It seems silly to keep your water heater set that high when you know you won’t be using that much hot water. In fact, you could save up to 40 percent on your energy bill by lowering your water heater settings.

For a gas or electric water heater, you may be lucky and discover that your unit has a straightforward dial near the bottom of the tank. In that case, all you need to do to adjust the temperature is to turn the dial. Newer models, believe it or not, could be more complicated.

Before anything else, turn off the power running to your water heater. After that, find the water heater’s access panel that leads to the thermostat. You will need a screwdriver to remove the panel to reach the thermostat, and you will need a screwdriver to adjust the thermostat to your desired heat. Put it back together, turn the power back on, and you are set.

Knowing when to adjust your water heater is really a personal preference. During the change in seasons, you will probably feel when it is appropriate for you to either raise or lower the temperature on your water heater depending on the temperatures outside.

Cool off with not only cooler water, but with a smaller energy bill. For more information on adjusting the temperature of your water heater, or investing in a new water heater, contact Kellermeier Plumbing today at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.