Pipe Insulation For Air Conditioner in Bristol, CT

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on water pipes will eventually result in mold damages in your house. Frozen pipes can easily result in serious flooding destruction and will bring on costly repairs. Simply by insulating your pipes, you can save not only on troubles, but you could also reduce your electricity and water usage.

There are several kinds of pipe insulation on the market today. Among the most popular kinds 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 protection from thermal loss as well as condensation. It is generally thought of as the best choice for insulating 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 rigid and does not expand and contract nor can it be applied in contact with heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable type of insulation that does tolerate contact with heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a durable and a more energy efficient option that is also 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 making it well-suited for extremely high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. This type contains an integrated wrapping which secures around the water pipes using 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 consists of wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the cold or hot water pipes. This particular kind of pipe insulation is even ideal for lessening plumbing pipe rattling and deadening water pipe sounds through the whole house or structure. 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 in one more step to the insulating process.

Ultimately, the best type of pipe insulation is one which matches your project and the types of pipes that exist. You will need to marry the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for ac condensers.

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