Uninsulated hot water tanks and pipes allow for the escape of heat, resulting in an inefficient heating system and higher power bills. If you want to reap the benefits of insulated pipes and tanks, you do not need to hire expensive contractors to do the job. It is not as complicated as you may think. Tank and pipe insulation can usually be installed quickly with minimal expenses.
Insulating hot water tanks and pipes may prevent up to 75 percent heat loss. This can translate into savings of about $30 to $40 per year. The estimated $20 expenses for purchasing insulation materials can easily be recovered in a matter of months. Adding foam tubing around your hot water pipes will entail a little bit of work, but it will not cost you much—and it usually lasts for a full two years.
Water Tank Jackets
Fitting an insulation jacket around your hot water tank is quite easy to do, provided your water cylinder is accessible. With the help of the manufacturer’s instructions, you should be able to knock the task out on your own rather than paying a handyman.
Here are a few steps to follow:
- Get an insulation jacket that is at least 75mm in thickness. Measure your tank carefully to get the other dimensions for the jacket. Make sure you measure carefully—getting the right fit is important.
- If your tank currently has a jacket but it is less than 75mm in thickness, consider replacing it altogether or adding another jacket on top of the old one.
- Make sure to turn off your water heater and give it sufficient time to cool before you start your installation.
- Clear the space around the hot water tank to give yourself ample work space.
You can insulate your water pipes with the help of the following steps:
- Measure the length and diameter of the pipes you will insulate. Get the right kind of foam tubing from your local home improvement store.
- Fit the foam tubing around the pipes. The tubing comes with a slit down the side, making it easy to install.
- Secure the tubing with adhesive tape or cable ties.
A modest investment of time and money to insulate your pipes and tanks can pay dividends down the line, reducing heat loss and cutting down your utility bills.