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The Economic Thickness of Insulation for Steam Process Distribution Pipelines

This paper aims to confirm whether there is an optimal insulation thickness appropriate to the minimum total cost, and to see what the values and facts affecting the value of the minimum cost are. An optimization model is performed depending on Life Cycle Cost analysis. For this purpose, a computer program has been prepared based on the flow chart of the operation procedure overviewed in this paper. The results of Calculations carried out by the computer have given a new concept that is termed as " the critical thermal conductivity of insulation material " , the exceeding of which makes…

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Multiple Choice, Part 1: Selecting Proper Insulation Thickness Helps Increase Energy Efficiency

An interesting paradox of the past several years is that energy prices have more than doubled while thermal insulation thicknesses for hot piping and equipment have not increased. In fact, most insulation thickness tables for hot service industrial piping and equipment were written before 2000—well before the recent energy price bonanza—and most of these tables have not been upgraded to reflect the higher energy prices. This has caused facility owners to spend more money for energy than is necessary, when energy use could be cost-effectively reduced with appropriate insulation thicknesses. It also raises the following questions: How should insulation thicknesses…

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Installing Insulation in Adverse Weather Conditions: An Interview with Ed Anderson of X-Cell Insulation

We are seeing more and more extreme weather patterns across the world, and not surprisingly, this can impact how insulation installers respond on the jobsite. Recently, we caught up with Ed Anderson at X-Cell Insulation in Bohemia, New York to discuss how he has addressed extremely high heat and humidity in the northeast. Adverse weather conditions and antiquated building designs required Ed and his team to develop new best practices to achieve a successful insulation installation. Read our interview with Ed below to learn more about his team’s creative approach to tackling adverse installation conditions. DISCLAIMER: The information included in…

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Installing Insulation in Adverse Weather Conditions: An Interview with Ed Anderson of X-Cell Insualtion

We are seeing more and more extreme weather patterns across the world, and not surprisingly, this can impact how insulation installers respond on the jobsite. Recently, we caught up with Ed Anderson at X-Cell Insulation in Bohemia, New York to discuss how he has addressed extremely high heat and humidity in the northeast. Adverse weather conditions and antiquated building designs required Ed and his team to develop new best practices to achieve a successful insulation installation. Read our interview with Ed below to learn more about his team’s creative approach to tackling adverse installation conditions. DISCLAIMER: The information included in…

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Achieving Quality Insulation Installation

One of the most common requests we get at JM is for information about how to install our insulation materials. Given the wide variety of applications and products out there, however, this can often be easier said than done. That said, the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association has created an online portal with a variety of tools and tips regarding insulation installation for an array of applications. Click here to visit their page where you’ll find information and resource to ensure optimal insulation installation. https://news.jm.com/blog/hvac-insulation/achieving-quality-insulation-installation

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Understanding Insulation Systems: Commercial HVAC Duct Systems

In commercial buildings, air ducts are routinely used to distribute conditioned air to the various zones within the building. These duct systems carry heating, cooling, and/or ventilation air from a central location to the zones with the objective of providing for the health and comfort of the building occupants. Air systems vary in design and complexity, but insulation is routinely used on these duct systems to limit heat gains or heat losses and provide noise control. Air systems are commonly categorized as either single-duct or dual-duct systems. Systems are further categorized as either constant air volume (CAV) or variable air…

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