Pipe Insulation For Air Conditioner in Tuscumbia, 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 water pipes will ultimately cause mold damages in your home. Frozen pipes can result in serious flooding destruction and will bring on expensive repairs. Simply by insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you could also reduce your energy and water consumption.

There are many types of pipe insulation on the market today. The most popular types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation for air conditioner photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum coverage from thermal loss as well as condensation. It is widely thought of as the leading choice for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in lots of tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its drawbacks involve the fact that it is rigid and will not expand and contract nor should it be used touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable type of insulation that does withstand contact with heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient alternative which is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold water pipes and comes with 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 has a built in wrapping that secures all around the water pipes with a self-sealing lap. It comes in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the simplest type of pipe insulation to install is foil and foam insulation. The one step process involves winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This kind of pipe insulation is also suitable for lessening water pipe vibration and dampening pipe noises throughout the whole house or structure. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation call for connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds in another procedure to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective type of pipe insulation is one that matches your job and the types of pipes that exist. You will need to compare the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will want a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations such as for ac condensers.

In the past, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is recommended to contact an asbestos abatement expert to remove asbestos as the fibers present a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement experts may suggest encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.