Determining the Correct Pipe Insulation Thickness Determining the Correct Pipe Insulation Thickness

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Heating water is very expensive and that's why pipe insulation is vital. Insulating your pipes correctly will help to ensure that no heat is lost from the pipes. There are several different types of insulation which are suitable for pipes and it's important to choose the right one.

Step 1 - Considering the Climate

Pipe insulation is designed to prevent heat loss from pipes and so the thickness will depend on your climate. The colder the weather is, the better the insulation needs to be to prevent heat loss. Always think about the climate whenever choosing any insulation.

It's also important to insulate the cold water pipes if you live in a hot part of the country. The same can be said for choosing the right insulation.

Step 2 - Heat Loss

Different types of insulation will also be suitable for different temperatures of water. Read the manufacturers guidelines to find out exactly what this insulation is suitable for before installing it.

Step 3 - Measuring Up

Measure the run of pipe so that you can be sure you're getting enough insulation. The longer the run of pipe, the more heat can be lost. This means that you will need to use better insulation to protect against heat loss.

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