If you are like many people, you turn on the hot water, only to wait several minutes for it to reach the faucet. Not only is this a waste of water, but it also costs you money each time. However, what can be done? One answer is to insulate your pipes with pipe wrap. You can then adjust your water heater accordingly and receive hot water quick and burn less energy. The best thing is, this is a relatively inexpensive, quick project that nearly any homeowner can accomplish on their own.
Measure Your Pipes
The first thing you need to do is to measure all the visible hot water pipes leading from your water heater. This will tell you the amount of pipe wrap you will need to cover them properly. It is also a good idea to measure the water heater inlet pipe so you can insulate them as well. You also need to measure the diameter of your pipes by wrapping a flexible tape measure around them.
Choose Your Pipe Wrap
Pipe wrap made with polyethylene or neoprene foam is commonly used for electric water heaters. If you have a gas water heater, it is recommended that you use a one-inch thick fiberglass pipe wrap. For electric water heater sleeves, you will need acrylic or duct tape, or cable ties to secure them. For gas water heaters, use aluminum foil tape or wires to secure the wrap.
Pipe Wrap Installation
It is a good idea to begin the installation by measuring out and cutting all of the pieces you will need to cover the pipes. Start with the pipe leading away from the water heater. The most vital space is the first three feet of pipe, so be sure to insulate this well. Install the foam or fiberglass with the opening facing downward. Secure the wrap by wrapping with tape, or wire, every one to two feet.
Adjust The Water Heater
Once your pipes are completely wrapped, you will notice that the hot water takes less time to travel to your faucets. You may also notice that the hot water you do get is warmer than normal. This is because it is traveling through insulated pipes, not losing heat along the way. That means you can lower the temperature of the water heater slightly, which will help to lower your energy bills.
According to the Richmond Region Energy Alliance, you’ll save an astonishing $2.50 a year for every foot of pipe that you insulate. That is certainly worth the effort it will take! If you would like more information about insulating your pipes, or anything related to your water heater, contact Waterheaters.com. One of our experts will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.
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