Hot or cold, temperature consistency is crucial for effective process control. Pipe insulation reduces heat loss or heat gain which helps maintain operating temperatures. This can mean more efficiency in the system, reducing energy loss and lowering operating costs.
When uninsulated pipes run at below-ambient temperatures, condensation can form. Proper insulation — along with a vapor retarder — is a crucial part of a complete condensation control system, which will minimize condensation build-up.
Pipes create vibrations and banging noises during the normal course of operation. Insulation helps absorb these sounds.
High temperature pipes can give off levels of heat that can cause injury or overheat the working environment. Installing a protective layer of insulation helps regulate these temperatures, and adds a protective layer reducing surface temperatures for personnel protection.
Look for insulation with a clamshell design to make installation easier. Depending on your application, you may also want insulation with a clean, finished look.