This is great customer project to share. Thanks H .J for sharing your photos. H.J. wanted the HVAC lines running to his metal building located Southwest of St. Louis, Missouri insulated.
InfraStop® double bubble foil insulation is a perfect product to use as it is inexpensive, easy to work with, performs well, and is impervious to moisture.
H.J is very detailed as you can see in the pictures he sent over of this project. Prior to ordering, we discussed his project and shared ideas on how to best insulate his exterior HVAC lines. From here you can see how he insulated the lines from start to finish. Look at the pieces he cut to work the 90 degree elbows. What a great project!
We explained the 3 different options available when working with double bubble foil insulation and the different R-value’s associated with each option.
Option 1 (all seams taped, maintain airspace): Loose wrap the insulation, R-4.1 Option 2 (all seams taped, maintain airspace): Wrap the insulation around spacers, R-6.0 Option 3 (all seams taped, maintain airspace): Wrap insulation around spacer 2 times, R-8.0
Thanks again H.J for the photos and sharing your project. This perfectly demonstrates how to insulate HVAC duct work located outside.
If you haven't looked at your HVAC ducts lately, or ever, you may be losing money every time the system comes on. The ductwork connected to the HVAC system carries the heated or cooled air to various parts of the home. However, it the ducts are not insulated, some of the temperature from the air duct escapes through transfer. In fact, the Department of Energy reports that up to 20 percent of air is lost through uninsulated ducts. Preventing this is easily accomplished using the right HVAC insulation material.
Why Energy Transfer Is Bad
In addition to heat escaping from the HVAC ducts, there are other factors that can impact energy loss from your HVAC system. For example, most ducts are located in unfinished areas of the home, primarily the attic, basement and the crawlspace. These areas reach freezing temperatures in winter, and attic temps can reach over 100 degrees in the summer. That is like putting your HVAC ducts into a freezer in the winter and into an oven in the summer. By insulating the ducts, you make them less susceptible to the wide temperature swings of the areas where they are installed.
How Duct Insulation Works
Duct insulation works just like the insulation in your attic. It blocks the transfer of air, whether hot or cold, to the duct. Thus, the air inside the duct stays at virtually the same temperature it was when it came out of your HVAC system. The end result is that your HVAC system doesnâ€™t have to constantly turn on and off, which reduces wear and tear and saves you money too. Additionally, you will notice that your home feels more comfortable because it stays at a more consistent temperature.
Reflective Bubble Insulation Is Best
There are several types of insulation materials that can be used on HVAC ductwork, including insulation sleeves, foil-backed adhesive foam and fiberglass. However , there is another, newer option. Foil bubble wrap insulation is a duct wrap insulation material that has a reflective material on the exterior that helps to deflect heat away from the duct. In addition, it blocks moisture and condensation from getting into the duct, which is critical. The areas where ducts are typically installed are often high in condensation which can enter the ductwork and then the home. Proper installation of foil bubble wrap requires the uses of spacers to create an air gap between the bubble wrap and the actual duct.
Today's HVAC systems are engineered for optimal energy efficiency. At the same time, the ductwork that transports conditioned air hasn't been updated for many years. Ductwork provides no insulation value for warm or cool air between the HVAC unit and the room that the air is transferred to.
As the conditioned air travels through the ductwork, up to 30 percent of it can escape through inadequately sealed joints and holes. In addition, the conditioned air loses its temperature. The end result is lower energy efficiency, increased utility expenses and reduced indoor air comfort.
Insulating buildings or homes with reflective bubble insulation is the ideal solution for this waste of energy. This duct wrap insulation provides up to an R-8 value by reflecting convective heat and radiant heat. Using this type of HVAC insulation around ducts helps prevent air leaks and increases the efficiency of the ductwork. There are also other advantages of reflective bubble insulation. When compared to other types of duct wrap insulation like fiberglass, this HVAC insulation is easy to install with its flexible and lightweight characteristics.
It can be easily cut and glued, nailed or stapled into place. It's safe to handle and requires no special breathing equipment or clothing. Use it for both hot and cold extreme temperatures. This HVAC insulation also functions as a vapor barrier and its performance is not affected by moisture.
Insulating hot water pipes is an affordable insulation project that will easily pay for itself time and time again. In many houses the pipe work is in basements and crawlspaces. These cold areas rob heat generated by water heaters. As you demand hot water from your system, heat radiates out of your pipes into the cooler surrounding air. Reflective foil pipe wrap insulation creates a reflective barrier between pipes and their surroundings that stop this flow of radiant heat.
If you are shopping for pipe wrap insulation take a look at our InfraStopâ„¢ line of products. We offer 3 sizes of spiral pipe wrap insulation that installs by winding the product down the length of the pipe. We also have a linear pipe wrap insulation that has an adhesive strip that allows you to wrap the pipe in lineal lengths. There is a video on the product pages showing you the difference between the two types.
Case quantities and discounts are available online for larger projects and contractors looking to purchase at the best prices. InfraStop® insulation is made right here in the United States. We offer the best prices and best quality reflective insulation products on the market. Shop online or contact us today.
Foil insulation, bubble foil insulation, and reflective foil all work the same way. By being reflective, they block radiant heat using radiant barrier technology. Conventional insulation does not work the same way.
Remember, there are only three modes of heat transfer; conductive, convective, and radiant. When you want to keep things hot or cold, there are two base classifications of products. The first group slows conductive and convective heat. Products in this class are fiberglass, mineral wool, and foam insulation.
Products that insulate for these two modes of heat transfers are noticeably thicker, because more product is better. Years of material advancements continue to change these products. For example to stop air movement, houses built around the turn of the century (1900) often incorporated paper and other materials in the walls to stop air movement. Today, it appears that spray foam insulation will be dominant heading into the future. These are advancements in material design.
The other group of products is comprised of various types of reflective insulation. This insulation uses radiant barrier technology to block radiant heat. All products on the market today should block 95% to 97% of radiant heat energy. Because reflecting radiant heat is a technology, thicker is not better. Foil insulation typically used in house wraps and attics has only a thickness of about two sheets of paper. Bubble foil which is primarily used in the other areas such as for wall insulation, crawlspace insulation, metal buildings, and barn insulation can be anywhere from 3/16" to 5/16" thick or more if used for duct wrap insulation.
This radiant heat blocking insulation is used heavily in other industries such as food packaging, aerospace, and automotive. As new and better substrates are introduced to the market the product itself may change but the technology will not. The use of reflective insulation has continued to grow in the building materials sector and will continue as other industries realize how to use this versatile technology.
There are many different ways a home can be upgraded to increase efficiency and decrease your utility bills. Although we talk mainly about our foil insulation and the many applications where it can be installed, it is refreshing to talk about other areas in a home where problems can be fixed or improvements can be made.
Sealing air ducts is a project you may not have given much thought to, but it can be a serious problem and cost you a lot of money. At the very least, you should have full confidence that your heating and cooling system is performing correctly and efficiently.
Forced air heating and cooling systems are prevalent in homes built after the 1950's. Over 95% of new homes built today utilize forced air systems. The main delivery of this forced hot or cold air comes via ducts that are used to distribute the conditioned air throughout your home. Energy Star® estimates 20% of air that moves through duct systems is lost due to leaks or poorly sealed connections. This results in an increased load on your furnace or air conditioning unit and higher utility bills.
Some areas of your ductwork cannot be accessed but most of it can. You can inspect and repair exposed ducts in attics, basements, crawlspaces, and garages by sealing leaks with duct mastic or duct sealant. Any areas of the duct run that get hot in the summer and cold in the winter can be insulated as well. Insulating these areas is another energy saving project that is inexpensive and will help your home operate at its optimal level.
We have included a link to Energy Star® Air Seal and Insulate Brochure for your review. We hope you enjoyed this post and look forward to bringing you more energy saving tips.
A cool slideshow showing reflective bubble insulation being installed on a hot water heater. Thanks Ken!
Did you know our products were featured on MSN.com's Real Estate Page? We make mention of it on our website but don't link directly to the post. Several years ago we were contacted by a writer doing an energy saving article. Of course we agreed to participate.
We loved the slideshow and all of the products that were chosen. We have used a cutaway of the article as promotional content in the sidebar of our website as well for some time. We're currently redesigning the look of our website and this cutaway will not be part of the future design.
As the picture is of me I cannot tell you how happy I am that it is coming down. We are still going to promote the article as you can see but only from time to time. To have a little fun and encourage those of you who read this article, we will take 5% off your next order if you call in and let us know you miss the picture. Hopefully someone will benefit from this post and we can get a laugh. As always, thanks for shopping at the InsulationStop, the leader in radiant barrier and reflective foil insulation products.
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. If you're looking to wrap your hot water pipes with reflective foil insulation, here's a quick tutorial. You will need a roll of foil insulation, some foil tape, a straight edge, and a razor knife.
Determine what size roll will accommodate your needs. Here is one of the small foil insulation rolls we offer. A good rule of thumb is a 10' strip of foil will cover 2' of pipe. Using your straight edge extend out a 10' piece and cut off from the roll. Now, cut the insulation down to 1" to 2" strips.
Example: A 24" x 50" roll of foil will yield approximately 60, 10' strips. The amount of standard size hot water pipes you can wrap using the rule of thumb from above is 120'.
This should be enough to cover the entire run of hot water pipe in a standard size home, all for around $40. Don't waste your time with pipe wrap install kits. There is very little total yield and the price per foot cannot compete using our DIY approach.
As always, we offer free shipping on all of our products. Thank you for shopping at InsulationStop.com. Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding this DIY project.
As seen on MSN.com, we're offering a one month sale on all of our radiant barrier insulation for wrapping duct work. This includes the insulation and spacer kits if you choose. Un-insulated duct work is a major area for energy loss. This can be fixed by installing insulation. You will save energy and your heater and air conditioner will not work as hard saving you even more. Visit our site and look at our duct wrap applications. The following roll sizes are available allowing you to wrap any duct size and complete any size project large or small.
12" x 50' 24" x 50' 36" x 50' 48" x 50' 48" x 100' 60" x 100' 48" x 125'
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