Should you Insulate your Steam Pipes?

Should you Insulate your Steam Pipes?

In order to get the most out of your boiler and home heating systems, it is worth checking if your pipes are insulated correctly. Heat can be lost through your pipes due to the nature of steam and you are more likely to come across this problem if you live in an older home and have older steam heating systems.
The pipes that are carrying steam through your heating system are not very stable and they would quite quickly return to a liquid state at the first opportunity. Because of this, any drop in the temperature that is introduced to the steam is going to cause it to condense, which then causes a reduction in the efficiency of your heating system and leaking water on your floors.
This is why you might find that the room which contains the boiler can stay warm whilst other rooms that are further away can still be cold, this is because the steam has made its way through cold pipes to get to the radiators in other rooms and has caused the heating system to slow down.
How Is Pipe Insulation a Solution?
Your pipes are busy losing heat, and this will continue to happen if there is a distance for the steam to travel. By insulating your exposed steam pipes, they will be staying warmer for longer periods of time. This will also greatly reduce the time that your heating system takes to kick in when turned on, thus increasing the likelihood of heating rooms that are longer distances away from your boiler.
Another benefit you are going to find is that you’ll also be preventing those leaky pipes, and if you live in colder climates, this is most definitely going to help with the pipes freezing over too.
There are different types and method of installing insulation to your steam pipes, At Vedder & Moffat cc we are one of the leading thermal insulation contractors in Johannesburg. Visit our website on www.veddermoffat.co.za or contact us on 011 835 2127 for more information.

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