by Chris Devers
Question by tony_maine2003: What is the best insulation for forced hot water copper pipes?
I have some copper pipes used for forced hot water heat that run in an unheated area behind an upstairs wall. I want to insulate the pipes because the heat they throw off cause ice dams on my roof, and also, I want to save money by keeping the heat in and prevent them from possibly freezing. I’ve seen three types of insulation for pipes:
- a styrofoam kind that is very cheap in price.
- a rubber kind that is expensive but looks to be higher quality.
- a fiberglass kind that is just a bit less expensive than the rubber kind.
I’m not sure what is the best type to keep the heat in the pipes and protect them from freezing as well.
Answer by rvblatz
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