Pipe Insulation For Air Conditioner in Glennallen, 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 will eventually cause mold damages in your home. Frozen pipes can easily result in serious flooding damage and will lead to costly repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on troubles, but you can also decrease your energy and water usage.

There are several types of pipe insulation for sale today. Among the most popular types 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 maximum protection from temperature loss and also 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 many tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its drawbacks 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 durable type of insulation that will withstand exposure to heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient option that is likewise available in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold pipes and comes with a temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F keeping it well-suited for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. It 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″.

Arguably the easiest type of pipe insulation to add is foil and foam insulation. The one step process consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation around the cold or hot water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is also ideal for lessening plumbing pipe rattling and dampening water pipe sounds throughout the whole house or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for joining 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 suits your project and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will want to compare the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Likewise, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for air conditioners.

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