Pipe Insulation For Air Conditioner in Gilbert, AZ

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

There are many kinds of pipe insulation on the market today. Among the most well-known types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo 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 as well as condensation. It is widely regarded as the leading choice for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is offered in lots of tubular dimensions which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is rigid and will not expand and contract neither should it be used touching heat cables or heat tape.

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

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold water pipes and comes with a temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F keeping it suitable for extremely high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. This type contains an integrated wrapping that secures around the water pipes with a self-sealing lap. It comes 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 wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular kind of pipe insulation is even suitable for minimizing water pipe rattling and dampening pipe sounds through the whole house or building. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation require connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds one more step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the most effective kind of pipe insulation is one which matches your job and the kinds of pipes that exist. You will need to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications including for ac condensers.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance properties. It is best 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.