Boiler pipe insulation may seem like an unnecessary step, but it can actually provide a variety of benefits. Not to mention, it’s flexible, affordable, and can make a big difference in the operating efficiency of your boiler system. Boiler insulation comes in both permanent and removable styles, such as boiler insulation jackets, blankets, sleeves, and more.
So, what benefits does an insulated boiler pipe offer? Here, we’ll discuss the role of pipes in boiler heating systems and the many reasons you should insulate your boiler pipes.
The Role of Pipes in Heating Systems
Boiler systems are comprised of a complex network of pipes, from hot and cold water inlets to return pipes, gas supply pipes, and more. Many pipes are designed to carry hot water to various outlets on the property, while a return pipe carries water from the radiators back to the boiler. The flow pipes that carry the hot water to various parts of your property are designed to heat areas of the property and provide hot water to sinks, showers, laundry units, etc. Noting this, the water that travels through these flow pipes tends to be very hot.
Pipe Insulation 101: What to Know
Water that travels through boiler pipes tends to be hot and needs to be kept hot to avoid heat loss and maximize performance. Pipe insulation can help achieve this. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, such insulation is recommended for pipes with surfaces that reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit or more. And this recommendation spans more than just pipes; it covers boiler doors and covers, too.
Benefits of Insulating Boiler Pipes
As indicated, there are a variety of benefits to boiler pipe insulation. Here’s a closer look:
The most significant benefit is energy efficiency and overall cost savings. With the price of utilities continuing to climb – and unlikely to decrease – property managers can save money on overhead costs by conserving energy. Insulated boiler pipe helps prevent heat loss. This means less energy is needed to heat water, which can help save on utility costs.
Consider this: According to data from the U.S. Department of Energy, insulated pipes can lead to up to a 4 percent energy savings on an annual basis. Combined with other boiler insulation materials for doors and covers, this can add significant savings. The total savings varies based on the size of the property and your boiler. Visit the National Insulation Association website for a calculator to help determine your facility’s potential savings.
Maximize Boiler Life
When heat loss occurs, the boiler system must work harder to heat water traveling to the property adequately. This can add wear and tear to the system, potentially resulting in more significant maintenance needs and even premature failure. Think of the boiler as a vehicle engine. The harder it has to work, the more care and maintenance it will need over time.
There’s also a safety component associated with hot water pipe insulation. With pipes reaching temperatures of 120 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, the surfaces can become very hot, putting anyone working or moving near these pipes at risk of burns and other injuries.
There are several other benefits worth mentioning when it comes to boiler insulation, including:
- Insulation helps dampen any sound from water flowing through the pipes.
- Insulation supports the prevention of burst pipes.
- Insulation can do more than just increase energy efficiency; it can also decrease the property’s carbon footprint and potentially help your business earn government credits.
Insulate Your Industrial Boilers to Maximize the Returns On Your Boiler System
Insulating your boiler pipes provides a variety of benefits to your boiler system and your business of operation. For more information on insulating your boiler pipes, contact REMA today.