Insulation for Heat Trace Applications
Leading the way in freeze protection
Insulation is a highly beneficial accessory which should be applied whenever possible. A thermally insulated pipe is not as susceptible to freezing, temperature fluctuations and adds better thermal consistency and efficiency throughout the pipe length. Insulation provides cold weather reliability and allows your heating cable to operate more efficiently as more heat is retained within the pipe. Just like your home the better insulated a freeze protected water supply the less energy you will consume in attempting to prevent the water supply from freezing.
Insulation is highly recommend and safe to use with all heating cable systems offered and manufactured by Heat-Line.
All Heat-Line systems are self-regulating, allowing insulation to be added without pipe over-heating concerns. A thermally insulated pipe is not as susceptible to freezing and temperature change. The insulation adds better thermal consistency and efficiency throughout the pipe length.
When a thermostat is located on the pipe under the insulation the system can duty cycle and come on as required. The insulated pipe in combination with the thermostat causes the system to come on periodically for short periods of time saving you up to as much as 80% in energy. When properly insulated the heating cable will remain off for extended periods of time because the amount and degree of heat loss is greatly reduced.
For insulation to work effectively it is important to select the appropriate insulation for the application. For pipes located outside, a waterproof and UV resistant or protected insulation is required. When using insulation sleeves, tape the ends of the insulation together to prevent air or moisture gaps. Big-O drain, PVC, or ABS pipe can be installed over the insulation for above ground applications for mechanical protection. Added mechanical protection is especially beneficial over the insulation at the shore-line when entering a lake and or river to prevent damage from abrasion of sand, gravel, rocks, and or ice. Note: Big-O, PVC, and or ABS pipe alone does not constitute as insulation.
Fiberglass insulation is generally not recommended unless it will be kept in a dry location and an appropriate weather proof covering is applied and sealed. Within indoor and or dry locations fiberglass insulation can be highly effective.
Spray foam should be avoided as it can seep between the heating cable and the pipe blocking the transfer of heat from the heating cable to the pipe. Apart from this spray foam insulation creates an almost permanent barrier around the pipe and heating cable and as such renders the system technically non-serviceable. If spray foam insulation is to be employed with external heating cable installations apply aluminum foil tape over the heating cable and ensure the tape edges are completely sealed to prevent the creeping of the foam under the tape and heating cable.
If you feel you have a special or unique application for insulation please contact Heat-Line directly and speak with one of our knowledgeable product specialists.
Part Number: INSUL-1.00x6
Closed cell, self-sealing polyethylene insulation sleeve for 1 in. ID pipes. Insulation measures 1 5/8 in. ID, ¾ in. wall, 6 ft. in length.
Part Number: INSUL-1.25x6
Closed cell, self-sealing polyethylene insulation sleeve for 1 1/4 in. ID pipes. Insulation measures 1 7/8 in. ID, ¾ in. wall, 6 ft. in length.
Part Number: INSUL-2.00x6
Closed cell, self-sealing polyethylene insulation sleeve for 2 in. ID pipes. Insulation measures 2 5/8 in. ID, ¾ in. wall, 6 ft. in length.
Part Number: INSUL-3.00x6
Closed cell, self-sealing polyethylene insulation sleeve for 3 in. ID pipes. Insulation measures 3 1/2 in. ID, ¾ in. wall, 6 ft. in length.
Part Number: INSUL-4.00x6
Closed cell, self-sealing polyethylene insulation sleeve for 4 in. ID pipes. Insulation measures 4 1/2 in. ID, 1 in. wall, 6 ft. in length.
Part Number: FOIL-INSUL
Reflective double bubble aluminum foil insulation ideal for small diameter, indoor water supply pipes and tanks. Measures 16 in. wide, sold by the foot or by the roll (125ft).
Part Number: INSUL-PAD
Elastomeric closed cell flexible foam insulation roll, ideal for flanges and valves on trucks. Insulation measures 6 in. wide, 3/8 in. thick, 10 ft. in length.
A – Heat-Line recommends to use insulation that is best suited to the environment in which it is going to be installed. A common type of insulation employed with Heat-Line systems is fire resistant water proof polyethylene pipe foam insulation sleeves.
A – Insulation is only required when the pipe is exposed to outdoor ambient air temperature (above the ground). For existing applications where the pipe is already buried there is no need to expose the pipe to apply insulation. However in new pipe installations, it is recommended to insulate the pipe prior to burying it.
A – Insulation does not need to be purchased from Heat-Line. When purchasing insulation elsewhere it is recommended to use an insulation equal to or greater than the insulation factor provided by a ½ in. wall thickness closed cell polyethylene foam sleeve.
A-While most outdoor insulation, such as closed cell polyethylene foam sleeves, is approved for direct moisture contact it is wise to provide some form of protection against mechanical damage and UV exposure from the sun. A common practice is to sleeve the insulated pipe within a larger ‘Big-O’ pipe and or other PVC or ABS pipe.