Pipe Insulation: Why Insulate Piping Systems?

There are numerous benefits to insulating piping with fiberglass and mineral wool products—including helping to keep piping systems stable and working safely.

5 great reasons to insulate piping systems

1. Controls Surface Temperature for Personnel Protection

Fiberglass and mineral wool insulation systems reduce the surface temperature of piping and equipment to a safer level, reducing the risk of burns and worker downtime due to injury.

2. Controls and Stabilizes Process Temperatures

By reducing heat loss or gain, fiberglass and mineral wool insulation help maintain process temperature to your pre-determined value. Insulation that’s specified to proper thickness can limit heat loss in a dynamic system or limit temperature drop over time in a static system.

3. Prevents Condensation and Subsequent Corrosion on Cold Surfaces

Specifying sufficient insulation thickness with the right vapor retarder is the most effective means of controlling condensation and limiting corrosion on cold piping, ducts, chillers, and roof drains. Sufficient thickness is needed to keep the outer most surface temperature above the dew point temperature of the ambient air.

4. Increases Fire Protection

Fiberglass and mineral wool insulation are inherently noncombustible.

5. Controls Noise and Vibrations

Pipe insulation materials can be used to encase piping mechanisms that cause noises or vibrations, forming a sound and vibration barrier between the piping and external areas.