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water heater located in return air vent

16 years ago

I recently moved into a 2 bedroom apartment. My electric bills seem awfully high so I have been trying to find ways to save energy. In checking, I notice the water heater is located inside the return air vent. There is a standard size interior door on one side of the return air in order to access the water heater. It is not sealed off. I set my thermostat on 78 or above and leave all ceiling fans running. My questions are..doesn't a return air need to be sealed (except for the vent, of course)and wouldn't the water heater have to work harder with so much air ciruculating around it? Thank you for your time.

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