Insulation of the water heater is a blanket wrapped around your heater to keep it from losing heat. This helps your water heater maintain a consistent temperature. As a homeowner, you have probably thought about insulating your walls and roof, but many are unaware that you can insulate a water heater too. Insulating the heater helps you conserve energy, saving up a fair amount on your energy bills. The water heater insulation blankets are made up of several materials depending on the amount of insulation your water heater needs. Research has shown that adding insulation to your water heater tank can reduce standby heat losses by 25%–45%. Here is a guide to insulating your water heater.
Turn off the Water Heater
If the outside of your heating system is warm, you must consider insulating it before the temperature goes down and the burner has to work in overdrive. Begin with the insulation process by turning off the water heater. In electric heaters, you have to turn off the breaker at the electric panel and turn the gas valve to the gas water heaters’ pilot position. If you are undertaking this task yourself, ensure you use gloves, masks and eyewear before starting the process.
Get rid of any Dirt
Dirt and debris at the top of the tank can cause a hindrance while taping the blanket and can even lead to corrosion. It is not just while taping, but even otherwise, it is essential to get rid of dirt and debris for the water heater’s effective functioning. You can carefully wipe the top of the tank with the help of a cloth, but ensure the tank is not hot to avoid burns.
Measure the Blanket as per the Water Heater
You have to measure the insulation blanket just up to the top of the water heater; it is vital to not block any vent on the unit’s top. In an electric heating system, do not cover any heating element controls, like the drain valve and the pressure relief valve. While in case of a gas water heater’s insulation blanket, make sure there is space for the exhaust to release gas.
Wrap the Blanket on the Water Heater
After you measure the size, wrap the insulating blanket around the heater and mark the areas where the controls are with a marker so you can cut them. Leave the access panel, thermostat and water lines uncovered to have easy access to it. You can wrap the blanket using vinyl tape.
Turn on the Water Heater
Once the water heater insulation has been done and ready to use, turn the heat on. You use the heater like you usually do, now saving on energy bills.
Insulating the water heater is an excellent way to improve your heating system’s overall efficiency. Doing it yourself requires you to take utmost care to avoid burns or any other mishap. It is advisable to leave this work in the hands of professionals who have the right knowledge and equipment to undertake this work effectively. In Edmonton, Capital Plumbing and Heating will be your best pick. Get in touch with us today!