Cooler weather may arrive in Arizona later than it does elsewhere in the United States, but eventually the temperature does dip. This fall, when you’re out shopping for a new sweater or two, stop at your home-improvement store, and pick up a blanket or jacket for your water heater. Insulating your water heater can save you 4 to 9 percent on your water-heating costs.
If you have an electric hot-water heater, you can install a blanket yourself. After you’ve put the blanket on your water heater, remember to turn the temperature below 130 degrees to avoid overheating.
If you have a gas- or oil-fired water heater, you might want to call a professional HVAC technician. When installing a blanket on these types of water heaters, you have to take great care that the flues, any pilot light and thermometer are not obstructed.
Before you buy a blanket, open the cabinet that holds your heater, write down how many gallons it holds, and measure how tall it is. Water-heater blankets come in a variety of sizes and include straps for easy installation.
After you have insulated your water heater, consider what else you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency. A good place to start is with an inspection and some preventive maintenance. The professionals at Cooper Climate Control Air Conditioning & Heating are happy to help you with any of your home-comfort needs. We proudly serve residential and commercial customers the Valley-Metro area. Give us a call today.
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