The benefits of insulating household hot water pipes are endless. Not only will you automatically increase the temperature at which you water leave the pipe, but you will also have on heating costs. Additionally, insulated pipes are far less likely to burst under extreme circumstances and weather conditions, further saving you money.
When the outlet temperature of the water is increased, you will find that you can easily turn down the geyser temperature and still achieve the same heat flow. The time it takes for an insulated pipe to warm water is also greatly reduced. This, in turn, means that you’ll be waiting much less time for the water to actually heat up and you will be saving on water costs.
Pipe insulation can either be done by a professional, while the house is being built or it can be undertaken by you. It is not an easy task, but the rewards would be worth it. While individual circumstances differ greatly, it is always advised that if you should feel uncomfortable in doing the insulation or find that the job you are undertaking was far bigger than you thought, you need to call in a professional to assist.
Before You Start
You need to research and find the right insulation for the purpose. You also need to know how much you will need. Then you want to know the exact size of the pipe you are insulating. To find the perfect sizing you will want to measure the inside of the pipe sleeve against the diameter of the outside of the pipe. As for the materials used; you need to know that the most commonly used material for gas-heated pipes is fiberglass wrapping or fiberglass-based insulation. Electrically heated systems, on the other hand, work best with polyethylene foam.