To insulate your home’s hot water pipes, you can find neoprene and polyethylene sleeves at most home improvement stores. Use an acrylic black tape, tie wire or zip tie to secure the insulation sleeve in place around the pipe. For gas water heaters, standard insulation is flammable and should be kept at least six feet from the flue, instead using wire to secure the insulation in place.
It is common knowledge that insulation in a home, from the walls to the pipes and hot water heater, can make a difference in energy efficiency. A homeowner in Tyngsboro, MA was wondering just how much of a difference insulating her hot water heater would make and if this project would be worth the time and effort involved.
While it can be pretty terrible to lose your heat quite suddenly in the middle of winter, a year-round concern for homeowners should be their home’s hot water heater.
A Milford, NH homeowner recently called us in a panic. His home’s water heater had completely gone kaput. It was an older model and he had been warned that replacement was on the horizon. The cold temperatures of December proved to be too much for it.
A homeowner in Hudson, New Hampshire recently asked:
“What’s the sweet spot for the temperature of my hot water heater?”
In doing so he wanted to reduce his monthly bill, while also being sure that the water never runs cold for his family. If you have the temperature set too high, you will begin to feel it in the pain of your utility bills, too low and you leave your tank susceptible to bacteria growth.