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Old 02-23-2009, 06:48 PM   #1
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I've seen these water heater insulation blankets and wondered if they're really worth the $$ The concept makes sense, insulate it to keep the water heated and the gas/electric won't have to kick on as much thus saving energy. It was my understanding that most water heaters have insulation in between the tank and outer shell anyway for heat retaining purposes. I ventured down into my basement and ran my hands over my water heater and it didn't feel warm at all, leading me to believe it isn't losing any heat while it's sitting there. I'm sure it is losing some but obviously not enough that the outside feels warm to the touch. So to sum it up, is it worth spending the money on one of these????

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you didn't say how cold your basement was. all of them lose heat slowly, so yes, i'd say it will help. although a ROI may take a few years.

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Oh yeah....... Our basement stays around 50-60 this time of year.
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I think the blanket is a waste of money and time. They really don't do much to save energy the foam insulation in the tank is sufficient . some water heater manufactures may void a warranty. they may say that you altered the tank and that may void the warranty. And on some older heaters that are not flame guards this could be a fire hazard if wrapped to close to the combustion chamber. I see a lot of this and think it is just a gimmick. I believe that if this was a big issue of energy lose than why don't we wrap our deep freezer or other appliances that heat or cool things.
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