Pipe Insulation For Air Conditioner in Newington, CT

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Pipe insulation serves to prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on water pipes are going to ultimately result in mold damage to your house. Frozen pipes can easily cause serious flooding destruction and will bring on costly repairs. Simply by insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you can also decrease your energy and water usage.

There are several kinds of pipe insulation for sale today. Among the most well-known types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation consisting of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation for air conditioner photoFoam pipe insulation is produced from closed cell polyethylene which offers maximum protection from temperature loss and also condensation. It is widely thought of as the leading option for wrapping pipes because it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its drawbacks include the fact that it is inflexible and does not expand and contract neither should it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable kind of insulation that will tolerate exposure to heat cables and tape and 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 has a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F making it well-suited for extremely high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. It contains an integrated wrapping that secures all around the pipes with a self-sealing lap. It comes in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the easiest kind of pipe insulation to install is foam and foil insulation. The one-step process involves wrapping the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is also suitable for lessening water pipe vibration and dampening pipe noises through the whole house or structure. In contrast, other kinds of pipe insulation call for connecting 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 kinds of pipes that you have. You will need to marry the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation material. Similarly, you will need a more durable pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor applications such as for ac condensers.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance characteristics. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement professional to remove asbestos as the fibers pose 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.