Pipe Insulation For Air Conditioner in Marietta, GA

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer. Condensation on water pipes are going to eventually cause mold damage in your home. Frozen pipes can result in considerable flooding damage and are going to bring on expensive repairs. By insulating your pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you could also decrease your energy and water consumption.

There are several kinds of pipe insulation for sale today. Among the most well-known 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 offers optimum coverage from thermal loss as well as condensation. It is generally regarded as the leading choice for insulating pipes since it has antimicrobial properties, is dust and fiber free and is available in lots of tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings involve the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract neither should 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 sturdy and a more energy efficient option that is also offered in self-seal and non-self-seal varieties.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for hot and cold pipes and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F making it suitable for very high temperature water pipes even in industrial locations. It has a built in jacket that secures around the pipes using a self-sealing lap. It is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the easiest type of pipe insulation to add is foam and foil 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 even suitable for lessening plumbing pipe vibration and dampening water pipe noises through the entire home or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require joining the butt ends of the segments of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds in one more step to the insulating process.

In the end, the most effective kind of pipe insulation is the one which matches your project and the kinds of pipes that you have. You will definitely need to compare the flexibility of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the flexibility of the insulation product. Similarly, you will want a more long lasting pipe insulation material, like rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for air conditioners.

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