Benefits of Pipeline Insulation
Pipework can operate at temperatures far below the ambient temperature or can be quite considerable. The custom application of proper insulation can provide overall savings on energy costs by ultimately reducing heating and cooling expenses as well as repair costs resulting from the lack of insulation. In addition, energy conservation is a key element in reducing one of the most costly ingredients in every product made.
Bringing down the surface touch temperatures into safer ranges of boilers, steam and condensate return piping, and fittings along with providing a sound barrier between the source and the surrounding area, lessons the chance of work place injuries.
Pipes that operate at below-ambient temperatures can potentially incur corrosion of various types due to the water vapor condensation on the pipe surface. Proper insulation that is custom fitted can be an important factor in reducing or eliminating pipe line corrosion and rust in both hot and cold temperatures.
When the ambient temperature drops below the freezing point of water, any water in the pipework can potentially freeze, which causes expansion and potential failure of a pipe system. While pipe insulation cannot prevent the freezing of standing water within the pipelines, it can increase the time it takes for the freezing to occur reducing further risks. Custom pipe insulation can also be combined with a heat trace line to help prevent pipe line freezing.
If condensate return and steam distribution lines are not insulated properly or at all, they are a constant source of wasted energy. Utilizing proper insulation along with customized installation, heating/cooling and associated energy costs can be greatly reduced and also help insure proper steam pressure as well.
When system repairs are made, it is essential to replace any damaged, wet or removed insulation to avoid compromising the insulating value. Wet insulation can cause external pipe leaks, leaking valves, tube leaks or even leaks from adjacent equipment.