Should I Insulate My Water Heater?

someone adjusting a water heater

If you are a homeowner in Harrisburg or Carlisle, you have probably thought about doing some insulating in the walls and roof of your home. You can also save money by insulating your hot water tank. Here are some reasons why this can help save on your energy bills in the long run.

Insulation Projects

Using insulation in your walls and your roof can help you save money when it comes to your heating costs. It is also possible to save money if you insulate your hot water heater, and it can also help you avoid potential problems. This will help to lower your energy costs. It is a simple and inexpensive project to help you improve your energy efficiency.

Does Your Hot Water Heater Need Insulating?

Most brand new hot water tanks already have insulating and you won’t need to do anything. If you have an older model, you will want to see if it already has insulation that includes an R-value of more than 23. If it doesn’t, you should probably think about adding additional insulation to help keep the water at a higher temperature for a longer period of time. Insulation can also help with the cold weather of the Central Pennsylvania winters when low temperatures can potentially freeze pipes.

Electric Water Heater Checklist

Prior to adding insulation to an older unit, you should make sure that your tank is not leaking. If it is, you will likely need a new water heater altogether. Check with a local utility company to see if they offer any rebates or have low-cost insulation blankets. Some utility companies will even install them for a low cost or no cost at all. If you have an electric water heater, you should consider insulating the bottom of the tank as well as around it. Insulation or a bottom board will help you not lose any heat into the floor.

You should add insulation to your hot water heater if it has a low rating. This will help you to save money on your energy bills in the long run. It is a cheap and effective way to save a little bit of money. Our Central Pennsylvania plumbers are here to help you.

Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Central PA today.

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Mr. Rooter iconAbout the Author: Paul Nelson, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Central PA

Paul has been a trusted Mr. Rooter owner of Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Central PA since 1983. With over 37 years to back him, Paul has experience with a wide range of plumbing related solutions and systems. He and his team specialize in septic tank services, water softener installation, and more.