The Most Obvious Signs That 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. Whether you are a building owner, maintenance engineer, or a factory manager, the thing is you need to include the improvement of mechanical insulation in your list of priorities.
Unlike in the past, insulation systems in general have become so complex these days; in fact, it is no longer accurate to say that they are merely a component of an HVAC system. As for a mechanical insulation, there are quite a handful of benefits it gives when it works the way it is supposed to. 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. Good thing though is that you don’t really need to be an expert to see the signs.
1 – The existing insulation setup you have is either damaged or 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’re scheduling or already in the process of reevaluating your system’s needs.
In case you are planning on doing a major reevaluation of your building or facility, more specifically on its processes and energy use, then it’s a go-signal for you to also plan on doing an upgrade on mechanical insulation. The reason for this is quite obvious – that your existing insulation setup was installed to fit the needs and conditions of your building or facility several years back.
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. This is true, even for a properly installed and maintained system. Old systems will naturally develop corrosion under insulation. By definition, it’s a type of corrosion that usually occurs as a result of moisture buildup in the external portion of an insulated equipment. This problem usually goes undetected for the reason that the buildup happens under the insulation material. Once corrosion spreads, it becomes a serious issue that needs to be address via a mechanical insulation upgrade.