Pipe Insulation For Air Conditioner in Birmingham, AL

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the cold months and sweating pipes in the summer. Condensation sweat on plumbing pipes are going to eventually cause mold damages to your house. Frozen pipes can result in considerable flooding destruction and are going to lead to costly repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you could also reduce your energy and water usage.

There are several types of pipe insulation for sale today. The most popular kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation for air conditioner photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum protection from temperature loss and also condensation. It is generally thought of as the leading choice for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is offered in lots of tubular dimensions which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is inflexible and does not expand and contract nor can it be used touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable kind of insulation that does stand up to exposure to heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient option that is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot pipes and has a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F making it well-suited for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. It contains an integrated wrapping which secures around the pipes with a self-sealing lap. It is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Arguably the simplest kind of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one step process involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is also suitable for minimizing water pipe rattling and deadening water pipe noises throughout the whole home or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require joining the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds another step to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective type of pipe insulation is one which suits your job and the kinds of pipes that you have. You will need to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will need a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications including for air conditioners.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation due to its insulating and heat tolerance properties. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement expert to remove asbestos as the fibers present a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement professionals may recommend encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.