Water Heater Blanket

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  1. Sep 29, 2019 #1

    house92

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    Do water heater blankets make a difference? I never gave it much thought and never used one.
     
  2. Sep 30, 2019 #2

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    Modern water heaters are pretty well insulated. I don't think there is much to gain.
     
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    Put your hand on the outside and see how warm it is. That’s the only wasted heat you could block escaping with a blanket. Mine feels cold to the touch.
     
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    I'd be more concerned about insulating the pipes going out of the tank than insulating the tank.
     
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    If you live in a southern place it is a good idea, however if you live in a northern climate where you heat the house 7-8 months a year any heat loss from the tank to the house would just add to you home heating. in other words the heat is not lost.
     
  6. Oct 10, 2019 #6

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    Not lost, but often wasted in a non-living space
     
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    Not really, and neither does insulating the pipes. If you're concerned about heat loss due to your tank, go tankless instead...
     
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    But the heat came from electrical resistance heating (unless you've got a hybrid water heater or gas), which may be more expensive than that used to heat the home. We're probably talking pennies, though.
     

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