Worth Insulating Pipes? - HVAC - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > HVAC

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-13-2009, 09:55 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Western Masschusetts
Posts: 575
Rewards Points: 500
Default

worth insulating pipes?


wondering if it's worth insulating the domestic hot water pipes in the basement. what about the pipes for the radiators running around the perimeter of the basement? worth insulating, or better to let the basement get a little warm air off of them?

thanks.

Advertisement

wombosi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2009, 10:14 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South of Boston, MA
Posts: 17,248
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

worth insulating pipes?


I insulated my hot water pipes, but not the heat pipes
Heat pipes help heat the basement & the floors for the 1st floor
Hot water pipes losing heat means my shower will get colder faster

When my new water heater was installed it came with a 30" piece of pipe insulation. I checked & only the pipe near the water heater was hot, but I put the pipe insulation on. The next day I checked it again, the pipe at the end of the 30" insulation was hot - not warm - hot. I added another 4' piece I had - checked the next day - the pipe at the end was now pretty warm. After that I bought enough insulation to do all the hot water pipes

I figure with a HW tank it reduces the stand by loss

Advertisement

Scuba_Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2009, 10:24 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Western Masschusetts
Posts: 575
Rewards Points: 500
Default

worth insulating pipes?


awesome. thannks man. that's cool news.
i'm going shopping for an electric water heater at HD tomorrow.
you think a 40 gallon will do me for two bathrooms, two kitchens?

any particular brand or other info i should look for?

thanks again.
wombosi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2009, 10:35 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South of Boston, MA
Posts: 17,248
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

worth insulating pipes?


I went with a 50g since its a 4 bedroom house & we have a son. Plus MIL is here 2 days a week & great grandmother now & again

Plumbers can give you an idea of a good brand
We ended up with a Whirpool 12 year, but some on here have said that it is not a good brand. It's been over 3 years - no problems knock on wood
Scuba_Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2009, 07:32 PM   #5
Member
 
tk03's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: PA
Posts: 167
Rewards Points: 150
Default

worth insulating pipes?


If you do a thermal trap you only need to insulate a short piece of domestic hot pipe. It will stop the hot water movement out the pipe through thermal circulation.
tk03 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
insulating pex pipes ibs325 Plumbing 28 03-29-2012 04:59 PM
Drain Pipes, Walls and Studs mattaparity Plumbing 2 12-18-2011 08:22 AM
Insulating water pipes? CooperChloe Building & Construction 4 02-04-2009 12:11 PM
New Natural Gas pipes being installed frplymstr Plumbing 12 01-05-2009 02:18 PM
Insulating Steam Pipes Densec General DIY Discussions 5 01-04-2009 10:14 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts