What Temperature Is Lukewarm?

The benefits of using lukewarm water over hot water

We all hear the concept of ‘lukewarm’ talked about everywhere we look. It’s literally everywhere. We hear its benefits discussed on the media, and the term is casually thrown about all over society.

But the question that we often forget to answer, is,

“What actually is lukewarm?”

I mean, do you know the exact temperature or the temperature range of lukewarm? Does it vary in different parts of the world, and even within borders?

This can be an incredibly complicated topic if you do your research online, as there’s so much information that simply is not necessary for the average reader. And because it’s all so complex out there, we’ve compiled some great things for you to look at and take note of.

Lukewarm water does have a temperature range, and we’ll look at this slightly later on. But it’s no use knowing the temperature – it’s like being able to distinguish between hot and cold, without access to a tap. If you can’t put the information into practice, there’s no reason to learn it at all. But do not fear, we will also cover how you can use the concept in your every day life to possibly teach you to improve your own life. We thought you’d appreciate that.

There are many hundreds of benefits associated with lukewarm temperatures, many of them to do with the health of the human body. Sometimes, lukewarm can actually bring all the benefits of cold showers, for example, without actually inducing that irritating, burning cold all over your body, leaving your skin all itchy and painful for a few hours after.

But now, let’s begin. We’ll start off by actually defining the term “lukewarm”, and then move on.

What actually is lukewarm?

Lukewarm is simply a way to describe the temperature of water. It certainly won’t be hot, but it also shouldn’t feel too cold. Instead, it’s almost halfway between the two. In fact, the term really isn’t scientific at all, but instead used to describe the most ‘comfortable’ temperature for humans to be in.

The actual specified temperature range is between 36.5-40.5 degrees celsius; or 98- and 108-degrees Fahrenheit.

But how did we decide on this temperature? Well, if you hold your hand in this temperature, it certainly won’t feel hot or cold, but it will just feel similar to your own body temperature, maybe just that little bit warmer. If it feels colder than your hand, however, it’s not lukewarm.

This temperature is a very pleasant water temperature to bathe in or shower in. You should find that there is actually a myriad of benefits to showering in such temperature water, but there are also many other benefits, that could actually please your pocket and your bank account.

We’ll cover all of this and more in the following sections, so that you can gain an understanding of where you should use lukewarm water, and why so.

Where can I use lukewarm water?

Everywhere. Especially in showering.

What are the benefits of showering in lukewarm water today?

YOU SAVE MONEY

If you’re showering in lukewarm temperatures, you’re not putting as much strain on your pocket in terms of heating, especially if you’re lucky enough to have tankless water heaters. Since you need to heat less water (which only really works with tankless heaters) you’ll waste less energy.

You’ll spend much less on heating, and your pocket and bank account will thank you in a way that’ll make you never want to go back to regular hot showers.

YOU PREVENT SKIN INFLAMMATION

Yes, showering in hot water can harm your skin, and cause it to become inflamed. As with any organ exposed to the heat whilst simultaneously exposed to the elements, it can become inflamed.

This will lead to some unpleasant sunburn-like skin peelings that you won’t be able to do anything about. Your skin might become itchy, red, and painful. If you want to avoid all of this, lukewarm is the solution. You are very, very welcome.

IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN YOUR OWN SKIN, THIS ONE’S FOR YOU.

Showering in hot water can actually cause skin damage, as it whisks away the oils so essential for maintaining good and healthy skin. The heat can cause oils to get whicked away from the skin, and this deprives them of their natural ability to protect.

Therefore, if you’re interested in your skin, and want to keep it fresh and healthy forever, take lukewarm showers. It really won’t hurt you.

DANGER TO HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SUFFERERS

If you’ve got high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) you really want to start taking lukewarm showers as soon as you possibly can. Hot showers can actually pose a real danger to sufferers, and you really don’t want to be putting yourself in that situation simply because you’d like to have a hot shower today.

By switching to lukewarm, you’ll be doing yourself all kinds of favours. You’ll be more refreshed, and healthier

YOUR PRODUCTIVITY WILL SHOOT UP TO UNNATURAL LEVELS

Hot water puts your body in its highly relaxed state. If you’re taking showers in the morning, you really don’t want to head into work in a relaxed state – you’ll be lazy, and highly unproductive. Switch to lukewarm water showers. They’re better.

Of course, simply having a lukewarm shower won’t make you the employee of the month, but it helps by not shocking you through cold, but not relaxing you either.

LUKEWARM SHOWERS IMPROVE YOUR CIRCULATION

If you’re somebody who has circulation issues, or even if you don’t and simply care to prevent them in the future, take lukewarm showers. They’re surprisingly relaxing, and you’ll actually find that you enjoy them a great deal more than your regular, dull showers.

As they’re not cold, they won’t shock you into a two hundred beat per minute heart rate. Instead, they’ll keep you awake, not relaxed, but not freezing either. They’re just – “nice”.

About the author

Steve Bates

Hi, I'm Steve and I currently reside in Chicago, Illinois. Although for most of the last 20 years I was a partner in a HVAC company down in Austin, Texas.

I understand the frustration involved with dealing with water heater repairs and replacing or upgrading to a new, more efficient model.

My aim is offer some basic advice on fixing home hot water systems. And if a repair isn't possible, then to make the process of selecting a new water heater – be it gas or electric - as simple as possible.

So that you can save money and have a safe and reliable hot water system in your home for many years to come.