Pipe Insulation For Air Conditioner in Craig, AK

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on plumbing system pipes are going to eventually cause mold damage in your house. Frozen pipes can result in serious flooding destruction and are going to bring on costly repairs. By insulating your pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you could also reduce your electricity and water usage.

Presently there are several types of pipe insulation for sale today. The most well-known kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation for air conditioner photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides optimum coverage from thermal loss and also condensation. It is generally thought of as the leading choice for wrapping pipes since it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract neither can it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that will stand up to contact with heat cables and tape and expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient option which is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot water pipes and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F making it suitable for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. This type has a built in wrapping that secures all around the pipes with 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 foil and foam insulation. The one-step process consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation all around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is also ideal for lessening water pipe vibration and deadening pipe sounds through the whole home or structure. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation require connecting the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds in another procedure to the insulating process.

In the end, the best kind of pipe insulation is the one that matches your job and the kinds of pipes that you have. You will want to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for ac condensers.

Historically, contractors utilized asbestos pipe insulation because of 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 suggest encapsulating asbestos-wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as an alternative to asbestos pipe insulation removal.