Pipe Insulation For Air Conditioner in Koloa, HI

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Pipe insulation helps stop freezing pipes in the winter and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on plumbing pipes are going to ultimately cause mold damages in your house. Frozen pipes can result in serious flooding destruction and will bring on costly repairs. Simply by insulating your water pipes, you can save not only on headaches, but you could also decrease your fuel and water consumption.

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

pipe insulation for air conditioner photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum coverage from temperature loss and also condensation. It is generally thought of as the leading option for wrapping pipes since it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular sizes that are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is inflexible and does not expand and contract nor should it be used touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that will withstand 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 versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot water pipes and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from in between -20 F to 1000F keeping it suitable for very high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It has an integrated jacket 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 foam and foil insulation. The one-step process consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation all around the hot and cold water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is even ideal for lessening plumbing pipe rattling and dampening pipe noises throughout the entire house or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation call for joining the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape that adds in one more procedure to the insulating process.

In the end, the best type of pipe insulation is one that matches your project and the types of pipes that exist. 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, such as rubber or foam in outdoor applications including for air conditioners.

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