Pipe Insulation For Air Conditioner in Athens, AL

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on water pipes will ultimately cause mold damage to your house. Frozen pipes can easily result in considerable flooding damage and will lead to costly repairs. Simply by insulating your pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you could also reduce your energy and water consumption.

Presently there are many kinds of pipe insulation for sale today. Among the most popular kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation for air conditioner photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum coverage from temperature loss and also condensation. It is widely thought of as the leading option for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is offered in many tubular dimensions which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract nor can it be used touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable type of insulation that does tolerate exposure to heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient alternative that is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot pipes and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F making it suitable for extremely high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. It contains a built in jacket that secures all around the water pipes using a self-sealing lap. It is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the easiest type of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one-step process consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is even suitable for minimizing water pipe rattling and deadening pipe sounds through the entire home or structure. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds in another step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the most effective type of pipe insulation is the one which suits your project and the types of pipes that you have. You will definitely need to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will want a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for ac condensers.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerating characteristics. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement professional to remove asbestos as the fibers present a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement specialists may recommend encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.