About Foam Pipe Insulation
Whether you are building a new home or just remodeling, it is always a good time to install foam pipe insulation. Pipe insulation is a specific type of insulation that is formed into a tube shape that fits directly around your pipes through a slit in the material that runs the length of the tube. Taking only minutes to install several feet at a time, and with an extremely affordable cost, pipe insulation quickly yields the following benefits.
- Hotter Water – The water in insulated pipes is generally around 2-4 degrees hotter than non-insulated pipes meaning it takes less energy to heat, reducing your gas bill.
- Faster Water – Hot water inside foam pipe insulation stayer hotter when not in use. Meaning, it takes less time for your showers to achieve temperature saving cold water from going down the drain.
- Eco-Friendly – Less energy used to heat, and less water wasted is beneficial for your pocketbook and the environment.
Installing Pipe Insulation
Depending on the type of pipes, it is generally best to install any insulation when the walls are open. During new construction, foam pipe insulation will be easier to install and help with things like keeping the drywall soundproof of rattling pipes. However, if your home has already been built, adding pipe foam insulation anywhere your pipes are exposed will help increase your homes efficiency. Common areas to look for exposed pipe are in basements, attics, and utility closets. Be sure to pay close attention to pipes coming directly out of the hot water heater as this is where a substantial amount of energy is lost.
To install foam pipe insulation simply slide the tubing over the pipe and pull back the adhesive strips to seal it closed. For angles, turns, and junctions, simply cut the tube with a sharp knife and wrap it around the pipe just like anywhere else.