• Water Heater Blankets 101

    Are you concerned about the efficiency of your water heater ? If so, a blanket could be the solution. Water heater blankets boost energy efficiency by easily and inexpensively adding insulation. Could your water heater benefit from having a blanket? Here is what you need to know.

    What is a water heater blanket?

    Water heater blankets are external sources of insulation that you can wrap around the tank of your heater. Blankets have insulative material on the inside and are covered in sheet plastic on the outside. They are rated as any kind of insulation is. Ideally, you should choose a water heater blanket with an R-value of 11 or greater to get the maximum benefits.

    Why would I need additional insulation for my water heater?

    Depending on the age of your water heater, the tank may not have an adequate amount of insulation to prevent heat loss. As a result, when water sits in your tank, it will cool off quickly. This causes the water heater to switch on again to reheat the water to the desired temperature. This cycle can repeat over and over again if the insulation in your tank is not sufficient. By adding a blanket, you can reduce the amount of heat loss that happens, so that your water stays at the appropriate temperature for a longer period of time, thus reducing the amount of time your heater is active and cutting your energy costs.

    Can I install my own water heater blanket?

    Although it is possible to purchase and install your own blanket, it’s best to allow your plumber to handle the job. Your plumber can advise you if your water heater can benefit from a blanket and install the blanket so that it provides the maximum amount of coverage.

    Whether you need hot water heater repair or want to install a tankless water heater in Sacramento, the plumbers at Ace Plumbing will get the job done right the first time. For plumbing services , call us today at (916) 455-4548.