Pipe Insulation For Air Conditioner in Shelton, CT

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Pipe insulation helps prevent freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation on plumbing pipes will eventually cause mold damage in your house. Frozen pipes can easily result in serious flooding damage and will lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your pipes, you will save not only on troubles, but you can also decrease your energy and water usage.

There are many types of pipe insulation on the market today. Among the most popular kinds are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combination insulation comprised 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 regarded as the best option for insulating pipes because it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is rigid and will not expand and contract nor can it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a durable type of insulation that does stand up to exposure to 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 versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot plumbing and has a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F keeping it suitable for extremely high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It contains an integrated jacket which 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 simplest type of pipe insulation to add is foil and foam insulation. The one-step procedure involves winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This particular type of pipe insulation is also suitable for minimizing water pipe rattling and dampening water pipe sounds through the entire home 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 one more step to the insulating process.

In the end, the best type of pipe insulation is one that suits 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 product. Likewise, you will need a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for air conditioners.

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