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Insulation covering exposed air conditioning and plumbing lines gives a finished appearance to a building.
Used in combination with other materials, insulation helps provide fire protection in firestop systems, grease and air ducts, and in electrical and communications conduits and cables.
A properly specified and installed insulation system on bare process lines and equipment can increase the efficiency of a process system by as much as 95% or more.
Insulation reduces the level of both exterior and interior noise by preventing transmission of exterior sounds to the interior of the building, and absorbing reverberating sounds within the building.
Insulation with a good vapor retarder controls condensation and limits corrosion on cold piping, ducts, chillers and roof drains. Sufficient thickness is needed to keep the surface temperature above the dewpoint temperature of the ambient air.
By reducing the surface temperature of hot piping and equipment to a safer level, insulation protects workers from hazardous injuries. This results in increased worker safety and a reduction in downtime due to injury.
Insulation reduces energy consumption which means that less fossil fuel is burned to produce that energy. This, in turn, decreases the amount of polluting gases such as carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide emitted into the atmosphere. Because carbon dioxide is one of the principal "greenhouse gases" contributing to global warming, and sulfur dioxide is the major component of acid rain, insulation plays a significant role in protecting the environment.
Impressive Return on Investment
A properly designed and installed insulation system provides an excellent return on investment and quick payback through cost savings. Insulation is a low-risk investment because the savings and the payback can be forecasted with a high degree of accuracy.
A properly designed and installed insulation system immediately reduces the need for energy and results in significant savings. A Certified Insulation Energy Appraiser can document the actual Btu/dollars savings and calculate potential savings with an insulation upgrade.