Live in zone 5 have 1900 square foot house, and boiler/hot water heat. I
have about 400' of 3/4 and 1 inch copper in basement and crawl space in this
system....Is it worth the effort to insulate these things? I checked Home
Depot and a little over $100.00 to do the job...Any Idea how much savings in
I would agree here. I can't see 400' of 3/4 and 1" pipe for showers and
sinks. If you can't insulate the crawl space, then I would certainly want
to insulate the pipe.
For showers and sinks, I would want to insulate the pipe, even if I
insulated the crawl space.
This is 400' of copper for baseboard heating there is about 100' additional
3/4 and 1/2 inch hot water to faucets and shower....the crawl space is
insulated and the basement is not .... both get real cold in winter. tia
In that case, if you insulate heater feed portion in the basement it will
get even colder.
Insulating the tubing to the faucets will allow them to retain the heat
longer. Overnight it won't make much difference, but for shorter times
between use it may be a help so you don't have to wait for hot water to
In any case, it will be a long payback for $100.
Insulate all you can. Once you are done you should be able to turn
down the setting on your water heater to compensate (since water
coming out fo the tap wil be too hot). That will save you something
in the long run. worth it for the ease and extra comfort IMO.
Keeping things in perspective, $100 is not a big deal, is it? It's not like
you're weighing spending $20,000 on new windows. Why not do it, if only for
I insulated my pipes, albeit in a heated basement, and was able to turn my
HWH down a tick, and still maintain the same temperature at the tap. How
much that saves me I don't know, and it isn't worth taking the time to
It also made the house quieter when someone was taking a bath, etc.
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