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Old 11-16-2007, 06:58 PM   #1
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We just moved into a new home in southern Virginia. Because we have a crawlspace home, our hot water heater is in the garage. Should we purchase a blanket for this or is it unnecessary?

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Old 11-16-2007, 11:14 PM   #2
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Probably unnecessary in the garage. There is already one in the heater inbetween the tank and the outer jacket. If it gets cold in the winter and the garage is not very warm it wont hurt but it might condensate in the summer.

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We just moved into a new home in southern Virginia. Because we have a crawlspace home, our hot water heater is in the garage. Should we purchase a blanket for this or is it unnecessary?

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It never hurts to add extra insulation, but for sure, you probably want to insulate the pipes.
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It never hurts to add extra insulation, but for sure, you probably want to insulate the pipes.
You mean insulate the pipes in the crawlspace?
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You mean insulate the pipes in the crawlspace?
There and everywhere else, especially if they are copper. You can buy foam insulation at HD or Lowe's and it's easy to install.
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Nope, my pipes are pex.
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Old 11-18-2007, 08:33 AM   #7
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I'm in Southern Va too and my water heater is also in the garage. If your garage is attached to the house the blanket would probably be overkill with the exception if you have an older underinsulated water heater..

Most people say you should at least insulate the first six feet coming off the heater since those pipes will act like a heat sink.

My pipes [copper] also run thru the crawl and I am working on insulating. Mainly due to the fact the the bathrooms are on the far side of the house and it takes awhile for the water to get/stay hot.

I just picked up the cheap foam pipe insulation and its only 1.80 for a six foot peice.
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Thanks for the response Sammy. Yeah, I think the HW Heater is fine, based on what everyone has said. But I do intend to insulate my pipesóright after I get a work jumpsuits and build up the nerve to venture way back into the crawlspace.

I'm a basement guy so all of this crawlspace stuff is brand new to me.
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Your welcome!

Yeah I miss basements from when I lived in Northern Va.. But here at the beach the water table is just too high..

I'm fortunate to have a nice high clean crawl...

Now is a good time to do it since its a little cool and the bugs under there arent so bad. I just almost finished up replacing some insulation that had fallen down and now its off to the pipes this week once it warms up a little.
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You should definitely invest in a blanket unless the temperature in your garage is identical to the temperature in your house. It's not going to cost any more than $20 for the blanket.
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Insulating your hot water heater will help your energy costs (at least save more than what you spend ont a blanket). But what is necessary is to insulate the pipes coming from the hot water heater. You need to insulate them with 1" thick fiberglass pipe covering. If you touch the pipe and it is warm, that is heat escaping from the pipe. Once you insulate the pipe, feel the insulation, it should not be warm. Good pricing for fiberglass insulation is XXXXXX.com they had the best pricing, especially compared to my Home Depot.


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