3 types of Insulation Around Heating Pipes
Water pipes and heating pipes run long distances through the house which can cause a lot of heat loss. If you insulate the heating pipes, you can save a lot of energy and money. You can also use a central hot water system to insulate the water pipes.
Logically, the more heat the water loses on its way to the shower or radiator, the more it needs to be heated by the heating system. If you insulate your heating pipes, you avoid heat losses and save energy.
Often, the expensive pipe shells are simple, safe and fast to process compared to the inexpensive ones.
Insulate heating pipes: pipe shells with self-adhesive flaps
Pipe shells with self-adhesive flaps make the work much more manageable. In this case, the continuously slit shells over the pipes, do not need to be sealed with separate adhesive tape. You only have to peel off a piece of paper and press the integrated adhesive film over the slot.
Even if you can do without miter cuts, you save a lot of time. The manufacturers pay a higher price for these features.
Practical tip: You should use a miter box for reductions at angles of 45 and 30 degrees. You may also be able to borrow these from the building materials dealer where you buy the pipe shells.
Plastic, mineral wool or rubber?
Different materials and components make up the pipe shells, and you can find these in DIY stores and building materials trade.
Plastic pipe shells made of PE (polyethylene, fire class B2) are inexpensive but less fireproof. Pipe shells made of mineral wool offer higher fire protection (class A1/A2).
Meanwhile, rubber pipe shells cost a little more but are at least "flame-retardant" (fire class B1), and thanks to their flexibility are easy to process.
About the insulating effect, you must pay attention to the thermal conductivity W/(mK) (the lower, the better).
Practical tip: The larger the pipe diameter and flow rate, the better and thicker the insulation should be!
Insulate heating pipes: Rubber system
With rubber pipes you can insulate your heating pipes in an instant:
The slot in the pipe shell can then be glued directly, thanks to the self-adhesive flaps - you don't need a separate fabric adhesive tape or closure clips.