The Importance of an Insulated Water Heater

If you have $30 and an hour to spare, you can complete a very simple project that will save you money every year, conserve your household energy use, and lighten your family’s burden on the environment. How can you say no?

Insulating your hot water heater is the perfect way to save time and money, especially because it is such an easy process! You wouldn’t buy a house without insulated walls; your water heater should be no different.

About Water Heaters

Water heaters look like big metal cylinders and are usually found in basements or laundry rooms. Chances are you either have a tank-type or tankless water heater. If you’re not sure, call your local Tarpon Springs plumber. Tank-type water heaters are either electric or fuel powered, and the energy source serves to heat the water that will be sent through the pipes in your home to reach your kitchen sink or shower.  Rather than heating water in a storage tank like regular hot water heaters do, a tankless heater warms the water directly before use. When the hot water tap is turned, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit to be heated by either a gas burner or an electric element. This means that you essentially can’t run out of hot water!

Why Insulating Matters

One simple insulation jacket can reduce heat loss from your water tank by anywhere from 25 percent to 45 percent! That’s up to 9 percent in water heating cost savings, meaning an insulation jacket can pay for itself within a year.

Installing an Insulation Jacket or Blanket

Before you head to the hardware store, ask your utility company if they offer the blankets at low prices or with rebates. If not, you can acquire one at any hardware store for under $30.

Turn off your water heater, measure the height of your water heater, and cut your insulation blanket to match the measurements. Be sure to cut out an area over the controls so you can still access them. Once the insulation is cut, it’s a simple matter of wrapping it around your water heater and taping it in place. It’s that simple! Then you can turn your water heater back on and enjoy your newfound savings.

Of course, if you don’t have any desire for a DIY project, you can always call a Largo plumber to do this job for you.


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