Insulation Manufacturer’s Quick Tips for Improving a Home’s Hot Water System

Have you taken a look at your home’s hot water pipes and water heater lately? If not, you may want to head on down to the basement and take a look. They are one of the many areas that should be well insulated. Otherwise, you could end up with unnecessarily high utility bills, condensation problems and noisy pipes. With that said, here are our insulation manufacturer’s tips for getting the job done right:

Insulation Manufacturer’s Tip #1 – Cover Hot Water Pipes & Cold Water Inlet Pipes

When working on your home’s hot water heater, don’t forget to insulate the cold water inlet pipes too. Doing so should help to minimize vibrations and noises that may occur from any temperature clashes. We’d suggest using either rock wool or glass wool pipe insulation on the hot and cold water pipes. Both types of insulation come in sections that can easily be slipped over top of the pipes and secured into place with duct tape or cable ties.

Insulation Manufacturer’s Tip #2 – Cover the Hot Water Tank

We’d also recommend insulating your home’s hot water tank with a glass wool or rock wool blanket. They are both excellent for use with thermal applications. Just make sure that you cut the power supply to the tank before you start adding the insulation. In addition, make it a point to leave any vents, burner areas and access panels exposed. Doing so will allow easy access to the water heater’s working parts during repair jobs and routine maintenance.

Insulation Manufacturer’s Tip #3 – Reset Temperature & Use Boosters

When you are finished insulating the tank, turn the water heater back on and consider keeping the thermostat below 130 degrees Fahrenheit. If you want to use 140 degree Fahrenheit water for your home’s dishwasher and washing machine, consider using booster heaters in those areas. Taking such action will help to reduce your family’s risk of being scalded and keep your monthly utility bills at a minimum.

Insulation Manufacturer’s Tip #4 – Install a Drain-Water Heat Recovery System

Lastly, you may want to consider installing a drain-water heat recovery system as well. It is designed to capture and reuse any residual heat that may be present in your home’s grey water. Prices for drain-water heat recovery systems vary. For more information about them, we’d suggest contacting your local plumber or hot water heater specialist.

To uncover additional money-saving suggestions, contact us through the Tenou Firesafe Insulation Company’s website and keep an eye on our blog.

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