Big Energy Savings: A Guide to Insulating Your Water Heater
There are numerous ways—both big and small—that can help you save money on your energy bills. If you’re a homeowner, you’ve probably thought about insulating your walls and roof, for instance. But what most people don’t realize is that their home’s water heater can also be insulated, helping to conserve lots of energy.
To do this, a hot water heater blanket or insulation blanket is wrapped around the water heater to reduce energy loss. These blankets come in a variety of materials, including fiberglass, foil, and denim. Insulation blankets also help keep the temperature consistent inside the water tank.
Research has shown that insulating a water heater can reduce extra heat losses by anywhere between 25–45%, which can yield up to 40% savings on your water bill. According to the US Department of Energy, adding insulation can save 7–16% in water heating costs. You can save even more by insulating your home’s hot water pipes once you’re done with water heater insulation.
There are a few things to consider before wrapping your water heater in a blanket, though. Let’s go through them.
Turn off the heat
If the outside of your water heater is warm, you may need to consider insulating it before the temperature goes down and the burner has to work in overdrive.
Be sure to wear protective gear, including gloves, masks and eye wear before starting the process. To begin with the insulation process, turn off the heat first from the circuit breaker.
Get rid of any dirt
Look for any debris or dirt on the top of the tank and wipe it off with the help of a rag. Dirt or debris may cause a hindrance while taping the blanket, and can even lead to corrosion in the long-term.
Measure the blanket to the size
Take the insulation blanket and measure it up to the top of the water heater. If it’s a gas water heater, make sure there’s room for the exhaust to release gas.
In the case of an electric water heater, be sure not to cover any of the heating element controls, like the drain valve and the pressure relief valve.
Wrap the blanket
Once the size is measured, wrap the insulating blanket around the heater and mark it with a marker. Be careful to leave the thermostat, access panels, and water lines uncovered, so you can access them. Make all the necessary cuts on the blanket and drape it around the water heater using vinyl tape.
Turn the Power on
Now that your water heater is insulated and ready to use, turn the heat on from the circuit and enjoy energy-efficient warm showers throughout the year.
Insulating your water heater is one of the many small steps you can take to improve the energy efficiency of your home. If you’re unsure about the water heater insulation process, get in touch with Miami Water Heater at 305-633-2656 and schedule an appointment today for energy-efficient water heating.
We offer all kinds of water heating solutions and installation services at affordable prices throughout South Florida.