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Old 09-12-2008, 10:02 AM   #11
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Good answers so far.
And if you're really feeling ambitious, and your house has a cellar, stick some insulation all around the wood plate that goes around the perimeter, where your floor joists are nailed.
Thankfully that part is already done. Less work for me
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Old 09-12-2008, 10:38 AM   #12
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Thankfully that part is already done. Less work for me
Less itching, too
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Old 09-12-2008, 11:04 AM   #13
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just a wording thing gb, they are called water heaters, not hot water heaters....with some sales people, you'll get much better treatment if you simply call them water heaters
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Old 09-12-2008, 11:07 AM   #14
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LOL thanks for pointing that out Beth. Things like that drive me crazy when other people do them so i am glad you educated me.

I guess what I really should have said was hot water tank.
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Old 09-12-2008, 01:13 PM   #15
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While you are buying the tank insulation, get some for your Air Conditioner too... if you have a central air system.
Insulating the COLD pipes that run from your outside compressor to inside the house is another good way to save some bucks.

And if you get the wrap and tape type of insulating blanket for your heater, have some
duct tape handy. The tape supplied with the brand I got was absolutely worthless.
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Old 09-12-2008, 01:35 PM   #16
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Just remember, things still have to breathe.

For example, several years ago waterproof jackets where completely water resistant. The issue was that as water could not get in, it could not get out, and the sweating became an issue for the wearer. That brought on the wave of Gortex products.

Many of the best insulations kits are spongy, with many swiss-cheese holes. Basements are damp, and a house "breathes" as the temperatures rise and fall with day and night, and then the change of seaons.

My Dad was the executive engineer for Master Lock. He had the same concerns, and like everything he did, he investigated it to death--both in terms of performance, but also in terms of cost.

He chose long slats of hard styerofoam, and affixed them around the tank leaving small gaps. He did wrap pipes, but only in places where the pipes would "weep" during temperature changes.

They lived in that house for 30 years and never had a damp basement, but lots of hot water and functional central air.
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