The Three Major Roles of Insulation

Whether insulating a home, office, shopping complex or factory, hot and cold insulation plays a number of important roles wherever it is used. Since it is commonly found in structures all over the world, and has been widely used over time, this is no surprise.

In general, all types of insulation serve three major functions. Let’s take a closer look at what they are.

Hot Insulation

This type of insulation is specifically used on pipes and flow systems that need to maintain certain temperatures at all times. They help to prevent heat-loss in these systems and allow for strict environmental control inside of industrial facilities where such parameters need to be consistent.

Cold Insulation

Cold insulation is generally used wherever ambient temperatures are lower than the temperatures that need to be controlled. By restricting temperature transfers in these systems, temperatures can also be effectively controlled.

The major difference between cold and hot insulation is the way it allows moisture into the insulation materials. While hot insulation allows moisture in, since it will invariably be evaporated by the heat, cold insulation will not allow water to evaporate.

This means that whenever cold insulation is applied to a piping system, a water vapour barrier also needs to be put in place.

Thermal & Acoustic Insulation

While hot and cold insulation are typically used for piping systems, thermal and acoustic insulation is used in structures to control their internal temperatures and noise. To do this, they will use differing materials to the former.

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We here at Vedder & Moffat offer specialised hot and cold insulation services to a variety of industries. If you would like to know more about our offers, be sure to take a look at our website, or speak to one of our consultants today.

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