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Get the Water Heater Ready for the Cold

Homeowners can insulate their water heaters to save energy and money and protect them from unnecessary wear and tear. Insulation protects the water heater by keeping the water inside warmer for longer, preventing the water heater from having to work harder to keep the water warm. This reduces the strain on water heaters as well as energy consumption.

Why is it Important to Insulate the Water Heater?heater

Insulating the water heater is an effective way to save money on energy costs and reduce standby heat losses. During the winter, the temperatures outside are colder than in other seasons, so incoming water will be cooler, thus requiring more effort from a water heater to warm it up. 

By reducing the amount of energy needed to maintain a hot temperature, homeowners can save money on their monthly utility bills while still having access to hot water whenever they need it. Additionally, insulating a water heater also helps protect against potential accidents such as burns or scalds due to very hot water temperatures. 

If homeowners are unsure how to go about insulating their water heater, it's best to consult with a professional who can provide guidance on the proper steps and materials needed to ensure that the insulation process is done correctly and safely. This extra step will ensure that they reap all of the benefits of having an insulated water heater while avoiding potential issues or damages.

How to Determine Whether a Water Heater Requires Insulation

According to the US Department of Energy, adding insulation to a water heater can reduce water heating costs by 7-16%. Most people are unaware that their home’s water heater can be insulated, allowing them to save a significant amount of energy. 

Most new water heater tanks are already well insulated, but if it’s an older water heater or has an R-value of less than 24, it could benefit from additional insulation. Homeowners can check to see if the insulation has an R-value higher than 24 by checking the details on the tank or user manual. 

Insulation Types

typesThe most popular way to insulate water heaters is using a water heater blanket or insulation blanket that can be wrapped around the water heater. These blankets are made of various materials, such as fiberglass, foil, and denim.

Most hot water tanks use fiberglass or polyurethane foam for insulation. Fiberglass is a plastic material reinforced with glass fibers held together by a binding substance. It is strong and long-lasting, with excellent insulation properties and a low cost.

Polyurethane foam, invented in the 1930s, is a highly versatile polymer material used to insulate modern water heaters. For an electric water heater, neoprene foam is usually best. Fiberglass pipe insulation is best used around gas water heaters, and homeowners will most likely need to use aluminum foil tape.

About Laney's Inc.

Laney’s Inc. is a locally-owned company serving Fargo, ND, and the surrounding areas since 1960. They provide competitive pricing, free second opinions, and no overtime charges. Call them today for water heater services in Fargo, ND.