How to Insulate Your Water Heater

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How to Insulate Your Water Heater

Save money this winter by insulating your water heater. It doesn’t take long and it can save you a lot of money on energy costs.

Find an Insulating Blanket Designed for Water Heaters

Your utility company may give these away, or you can find them at your local hardware store.

Turn Off Your Water Heater

Before you start, shut off the water and the power to your water heater.

Wrap Your Tank

Wrap the insulating blanket around the tank. If you need to, cut it so that is the appropriate height.

Cut Out Spaces

Mark where you need to make holes for pipes, panel access, and more. Cut these out to make the blanket fit snugly.

Tape it On

Tape the blanket on the water heater. If possible, place the taped seam away from any pipes or access panels.

Turn On Your Water Heater

Turn both the water and the power back on.

Experiment With Temperature Settings

Once the insulating blanket is installed, you may find that you don’t need to keep your water heater set as high as you did before. The blanket may be so effective that your water stays warmer!

Whether this happens for you or not, never set a covered water heater higher than 130 degrees. This can be a fire hazard.

Call Larry & Sons for Water Heater Services in Hagerstown

If you need help insulating your water heater, contact us at Larry & Sons today. We’ll send someone out to help you and make sure the job gets done well.

Stay Warmer with DIY Window Insulation

Stay Warmer with DIY Window Insulation

Stay Warmer with DIY Window Insulation

Did you know that insulating your windows can help keep the heat inside all winter long. It also keeps the cold out so you don’t get uncomfortable at home and don’t have to pay exorbitant heating costs.

DIY window insulation goes on the inside of your windows. It may attach to your window frame to create a bubble on the inside of the window. Other types can stick directly to your windows and use their reflective power to keep heat out.

How to Buy Window Insulation

Choose the type of window insulation that you want and need. The type that forms a bubble can make it hard to see out your windows, but the other type can leave a sticky residue on them if you ever try to remove it.

Your local hardware store should sell both kinds and may offer other options, too. If you’re not sure what you want, talk to someone at the store who can help you out.

Make sure you get enough window insulation for all the windows you want to block. You may need to measure them before you go. Keep in mind that that insulation comes in pre cut sections that you will then need to trim to your window size.

How to Install Window Insulation

Follow the directions on the package of window insulation that you purchase. Different types have different instructions. Most involve cutting the insulation to fit your window, then applying or attaching it properly.

If you want to learn more about how to save money on heating this winter, reach out to us at Larry & Sons today! Fill out a contact form here!

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Triple Play Tune Up Special!*

Heating/Cooling System Tune Up

Hot Water Heater Flush

Furnace Inspection

99 Triple Play

Ready to call us at Larry & Sons to for a tune up, water heater flush or furnace inspection? Get special rates if you schedule early this fall with our Triple Play tune up! This Triple Play service call includes:

  • A Full Heating/Cooling System Tune Up
  • Hot Water Heater Flush
  • & a Complete Furnace Inspection

When you book early, you SAVE! We’re offering special discounted rates on this Triple Play, where the earlier you call us, the more money you’ll save on keeping your home in good shape:

Book between 9/1 & 9/30 & get our Triple Play special for only $79.

Book between 10/1 & 10/15 & get our Triple Play special for only $89.

Book between 10/16 & 10/31 & get our Triple Play special for only $99.

Here are just a few of the benefits you stand to reap when you schedule your Triple Play Service:

Save Money On Energy Costs

Using less energy is also good for your wallet. If you don’t use as much energy, your bills will be lower every month! Getting your heating system or air conditioner tuned up will help fix any small problems that could be causing your system to work harder than it should be, which will save you money.

Having a full furnace inspection done while we’re at your home will help us identify any issues that your furnace has that would make it work harder than it has to. If we find something that needs fixing, we can come out now so you save money this winter on your heating bill!

Getting your water heater flushed removes the sediment that has been built up from hard water from your system. The less sediment there is, the more efficiently your water heater can run, and will ensure you can keep taking long hot showers without spiking your energy bill.

Save Wear and Tear

When your heating or cooling system is working efficiently, it won’t have to work extra hard to cool or heat your air effectively. This saves wear and tear on the moving parts of your system, and can extend the life of your system

A full furnace inspection from our pros will allow us to identify current wear and tear on your furnace, which means we can catch anything running inefficiently or something that could be actively damaging your furnace. if we find anything, our furnace service experts will get you up and running in no time!

Sediment that is deposited inside of a water heater starts to cause buildup, which eventually can start to wear on your water heater. If this buildup isn’t properly drained, it can damage parts of your water heater, or even risk bursting the tank!

Avoid Emergency Repairs

When we do full HVAC system tune ups, we look for any potential problems. If we see anything that is broken or breaking, we’ll notify you and work with you to get everything fixed right away. Fixing problems ahead of time means that you are less likely to suddenly wake up one morning to find that you need an emergency repair.

While inspecting your furnace, we will be able to quickly identify anything that could be potentially harming your furnace. If we find something wrong, we will be able to create a plan to fix it before your furnace won’t turn on this winter, leading to you needing an emergency repair.

Water heaters are something you rely on every day, and you can sometimes forget how important they are until you suddenly turn on the shower and there’s no hot water. When we do a flush, we will make sure that your water heater is running efficiently so you don’t have to worry about a freezing shower!

Do Good By the Planet

Getting your heating and cooling system tuned up & flushing your water heater will help make your unit work more efficiently. This leads to lower energy usage, which is great for the planet. And when we inspect your furnace, we will be able to identify any high energy problems that might occur, so you don’t have to turn it on as often.

Call Larry & Sons for our Triple Play Special!

Don’t put off your home’s well being. When you call Larry & Sons for a Triple Play service call, you’ll know your home is ready for fall, and you’ll know you got the best deal possible when you do it now. Contact us today get lower rates while these deals last.

*Only valid with work performed. Must be presented at time of purchase. Not to be combined with other offers or membership program. Not valid on previous purchases. Conditions apply. $30 additional costs for oil systems. Call for details. Expires September 30, 2020.

Our Fall Focus: Donate 2020 Meals to Feed Hungry Kids!

Right here in Maryland, 1 out of every 4 people is facing food insecurity. The hunger problem has only gotten worse as COVID-19 has ravaged our nation and forced so many people out of work. 

At Larry & Sons, our commitment to the local community goes back 60 years, from our humble beginnings as a local plumbing company. We are not a franchise nor a chain…this is our home, and these are the only markets we serve. As such, we stand steadfast committed to helping in any way we can during particularly challenging times.

We are partnering with the Maryland Food Bank, whose mission is to help free people from the grip of hunger. They aim to give hungry Marylanders access to healthy, nutritious food for their families so they don’t ever have to choose between food and anything else.

Our goal is to donate 2020 meals by the end of the year. So how can you help your local community by partnering with Larry & Sons this fall?

Every New USA Membership Feeds A Local Child For 1 Week!

For every new “USA Membership” (Ultimate Service Agreement) sign up through the end of 2020, Larry & Sons will feed 1 hungry local child (3 meals a day) for 1 week.

You get the benefit of excellent service, we get the benefit of serving you, and a local child gets to eat well for 1 week straight. We see this campaign as a total win-win win!

Ask your technician on your service call about this program, or just call our offices to learn more.

At Larry & Sons, we don’t believe that anyone deserves to go hungry and we want to work to solve the food insecurity issues that so many of our friends and neighbors face.

Let’s see how many people we can feed in 2020!

Already A Member? Donate Online!

There’s one more way to get involved if you are already a member or live outside of our immediate service area:

Donate directly to the Maryland Food Drive through our virtual food drive page!


Make a difference folks in 2020. Our goal is to donate at least 2020 meals. Will you help us?

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