While Louisville and Lexington occasionally get snow, you can always count on freezing temperatures during the winter months. For homeowners this usually leads to blasting the furnace and cranking the temperature up on the water heater, actions that cause overworked equipment and higher energy bills. Luckily there’s an easy and low cost way to reduce the stress winter puts on your water heater.
Pipe insulation is a thermal insulator that wraps your pipes to keep the heat in and the cold out. It’s typically made of wool or foam, and can be bought from any home improvement store. The best part? It’s inexpensive and can be installed by any homeowner who has access to their pipes.
The benefits of insulating your pipes are huge. By keeping the water hot for a longer period of time, your water heater can work less. This not only saves money on your energy bill, but reduces the wear and tear of the water heater as well. The life of your water heater will be extended, saving you even more money in the long run.
In addition to cheaper energy bills and a water heater that lasts longer, pipe insulation can also extend the life of your pipes. When the ambient temperature in your home reaches a certain level, condensation can form on the outside surface of pipes. The moisture can cause corrosion, which will lead to water leaks and the pipes needing to be replaced.
Still not convinced? If you have pipes located in an unheated area, such as a crawl space or garage, they can freeze and burst. While pipe insulation won’t completely prevent freezing, it will help reduce the chances of it by extending the time it takes for the water to freeze.
Start saving time and money by insulating the pipes in your home. If doing it yourself sounds a little intimidating, don’t worry, we’re here. Just call our licensed plumbers any time of day or night, and we’ll get your pipes insulated and ready for the winter cold.