Pipe insulation really comes into its own during those cold winter months and can theoretically bring a new option to the table as you consider the most effective ways of keeping your house warm. With fuel and heating prices ever increasing, it makes sense to explore all of the avenues available in the attempt to save even a little bit of money over the long term.
Without pipe insulation during the winter, of course one of the worse scenarios is having to deal with burst pipes. Clean up and repair costs can be crippling, especially when you are already paying so much for your basic heating supplies.
So, if only on that level, insulating pipes makes a lot of sense. You can insulate both the hot and cold pipes effectively and combat any damage associated with freezing. You will have to shop around for the best deals and your preferred method but one of the most used methods simply involves using sleeves that clad the pipes. Most of them are made from a kind of foam and this material is usually easy to work with and can be effectively fitted around each of the pipes. Whoever is performing the task will be faced with a reliably simple job and the foam or lagging can be held firm around the pipes by using a special alloy foil tape.
In most cases, you will probably need to call a specialist engineer to help you out with this procedure but if you have a handyman or handywoman around the house, it may be a job you could do yourself, which in turn can help to save a bit more money on labor costs.
So, it will stop your pipes freezing and it's a relatively simple procedure but perhaps the largest benefit to getting pipes insulated is saving money! How does it help save money? Well, with the insulation keeping your hot water pipes as hot as possible, much of the heat is kept in your home. In the coldest weather, pipes that are not insulated are fighting a losing battle against the elements and therefore have to work so much harder to deliver you hot water and general heat.
Let's remind ourselves again of the benefits:
– Save money over the long term
– Relatively affordable to install
– Prevents pipes from freezing and burning
– Improves heating in the house
So, next time your quarterly energy bills arrive, you may be able to consider pipe insulation as a way of reducing them a little bit.