Most homeowners know that adding insulation to their home is an effective way to increase its energy efficiency and lower their heating and cooling costs. If you want to make your home more efficient, adding water heater insulation will help you accomplish your goal.
Some power companies will add insulation free of charge, or you can hire a plumbing professional to complete the job. It’s also possible to add insulation on your own; check that you turn the breaker off at your home’s electric panel or turn the gas valve to the pilot position before getting started.
Here’s what you need to know about adding insulation to your hot water heater.
Water Heater Insulation Reduces Your Energy Usage
Adding insulation to your water heater is an inexpensive way to reduce the amount of heat that’s lost when the unit warms your water. This means that your hot water heater won’t have to compensate for the lost heat and can heat your water faster using less energy.
Standby heat loss can significantly increase your energy bills. By investing in insulation, you can reduce your long-term energy usage and expenses. For most households, the cost of insulation pays for itself in less than a year.
Your Tank Should Be in Good Condition
Before adding insulation, check that your water heater is in good condition and schedule any water heater repairs.
If your water heater is leaking, you need to complete any water heater repairs before adding insulation. Depending on the age and condition of your water heater, you may want to replace it.
New water heaters typically come adequately insulated, but you may want to explore adding floor insulation to your unit. This prevents the water heater from losing heat to the floor. Should you decide to add floor insulation, you’ll want to do this when you’re installing the new water heater.