What Are The Signs You Need to Improve Your Mechanical Insulation
Yes, it may be true that mechanical insulation is something you’re not really utterly concerned with, but it in fact plays a major role in your business establishment. This means that regardless of what title or job you have – be it a maintenance engineer, building manager or owner, or a facilities supervisor, you must accept the fact that mechanical insulation must be included in your to-do list.
Insulation systems nowadays are so complex that they no longer are just a standard component of HVAC. Well, mechanical insulation for one affords many benefits to a facility, provided it is working properly. But if there is even a slight problem with it, those benefits won’t be realized and the entire insulation system might eventually under-perform.
However, the biggest challenge you’ll face is identifying if there really is a problem with your building’s mechanical insulation. Fortunately for you, it’s easy to learn what the signs of a problem are.
1 – Your existing insulation is damaged or something is obviously missing.
You should know that the decision to insulate mechanical equipment corresponds to higher return of investment; but the obviously pressing issue is that 10%-20% of all mechanical insulation is damaged or even missing. In most instances, a damaged insulation includes but not limited to loose sections, failing insulation supports, presence of mold and condensation, and hot spots.
2 – You plan on doing a major reevaluation of your system.
In the event that you plan on reevaluating the processes as well as energy use in your building or facility, it only means that it’s the perfect time to do a mechanical insulation upgrade, too. Well, there’s an obvious need for an upgrade of your mechanical insulation because the current setup you have right now will no longer be fitted or ideal to the improvements you are to make in your building or facility once the reevaluation is finished.
3 – Your current setup is already over 20 years old.
Lastly, any kind of insulation that is more than two decades old requires an immediate upgrade. You should know that even a properly installed and maintained insulation system will need an important and major upgrade. Older systems eventually will develop corrosion under insulation. This is a unique type of corrosion that occurs due to the buildup of moisture on the external component of an insulated equipment. This problem usually goes undetected for the reason that the buildup happens under the insulation material. Once corrosion has spread quite substantially, the only option left for you is to plan a mechanical insulation upgrade.