Insulating the boiler supply & return?

Insulating the boiler supply & return?

PostBy: Kungur On: Sun Dec 11, 2011 8:07 pm

Does it make sense to insulate the copper supply and return from the boiler to my wall with my circulators and the all the pipe involved at this location?
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Re: Insulating the boiler supply & return?

PostBy: ValterBorges On: Sun Dec 11, 2011 8:18 pm

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Re: Insulating the boiler supply & return?

PostBy: WNY On: Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:09 am

Probably wouldn't hurt, to keep more heat in.
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Re: Insulating the boiler supply & return?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:22 am

It depends...are you trying to heat the boiler room? If the boiler is in your basement and it doesn't get uncomfortably warm, it is a matter of preference. You will hold more heat in the system, but don't expect a huge drop in coal consumption.
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Re: Insulating the boiler supply & return?

PostBy: steamup On: Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:16 am

It depends on how warm the space is verses how warm you want it. If you are overheating in the space with the pipes, then insulation helps control the heat loss.

I insulated my pipes because my boilers are in a remote building from the house. I only need to keep the building above freezing. Any more when I am not out there is wasting coal.

I also insulated the primary but not the secondary piping in my house. I was getting too warm in my basement and again I didn't want it that warm down there.

If your temperature is fine, don't worry about it. You want some heat in the basement to keep the humidity in line.
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