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What Owners Need to Know About ... Mechanical Insulation

It is imperative that mechanical insulation be properly installed, routinely inspected, correctly maintained, and, at the appropriate time, replaced.

In mechanical systems, insulation is required on pipes, ducts, tanks, and equipment. The insulation controls temperature variation to help limit heat gain or loss on surfaces operating above or below the ambient temperature.

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