Good insulation is not only advantageous to the environment, but it will also help you save money.
Energy is too precious to misuse: and what you don’t consume doesn’t have to be created. Pipes are often the most vulnerable link in a heating arrangement and the most obvious way to save energy is to insulate them.
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Pipes running through the wall are challenging to cover due to lack of space. One solution is to fill the wall openings with polyurethane foam or mineral wool. The purpose when insulating a pipe is to minimize heat losses between the boiler and the radiator or convector. Radiators emit heat in all directions, including walls. And if the wall in question is an insulated exterior wall, it will lose a lot of heat through it. A good solution is to install a reflective panel or aluminium foil behind the radiator. This prevents heat loss and keeps the atmosphere warm and welcoming. And that means the thermostat temperature can be lowered.
Colour code of insulating supplies
The effectiveness of insulating material is expressed in the form of an R-value. The higher the resistance of an insulating material to the passage of heat, the greater the R-value and the more efficient the insulation. The 9 mm grey pipe insulator has an R-value of 0.030, while the 13 mm blue pipe insulator has an R-value of 0.035.
Polyethylene has a high R-value, so its insulating qualities are excellent. This material is flame retardant and also reduces noise in pipes. It is straightforward to apply because it is adaptable and easy to slide over the pipe. Besides, it doesn’t shrink. For excellent polyethylene lagging, take a look at the Armacell product range.
Cut the insulator tube to the desired length
Forming the insulator tube to the desired length is very simple. With an inlet machine, you can cut the insulator tube at angles of 30o and 45o. You can cut the tube with a bread knife that has a straight blade about 30 cm. Open the tube along and place it on the pipe. You can then seal the insulator tube with insulating tape or double-sided sticky tape.
Start by connecting the insulator to bends, T-fittings, and branches of the piping.
For T-fittings, follow a 90-degree wedge-shaped cut in the principal section of the tube that joins the middle of the tube. In the tube that will be joined to 90o, cut two angles of 45 degrees to create a corner. Then interpolate the pointed end into the cut at 90 degrees of the main tube so that the two tube sections are flawlessly aligned. Wrap the T-fitting with insulating tape to close the joint.
With the help of a mitre box, cut the ends of two sections of tube at a 45-degree angle. Put both sections of insulating tube on the pipe so that the ends at 45 degrees are joined at the elbow at right angles (90o) and press to join the two ends together. Wrap the bend with insulating tape to seal the joint.
Curved bend (90o)
Place the insulator tube in the mitre box with the slit standing up. Cut two grooves almost to the bottom of the tube, one near the other and each with an angle of 30 degrees. Place the insulator pipe with the notches facing the centre of the pipe curve. Then cover the openings with insulating tape to seal the connections.
Gauge the length from the end of the last piece of insulator pipe to the wall clamp and cut another piece of tube to fit this length. Install the tubing around the pipe and proceed with a new piece of insulator pipe. Firmly press the two ends of the insulator tube to join them together and bind them with insulating tape.
Make sure all joints are securely sealed and wrapped with insulating tape. This will ensure that you have the best insulation possible.