The recent winter weather in Texas caused lasting damage to infrastructure, peoples homes and more. This could have been avoided by investing in mechanical insulation according to the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers.
One person who has been advocating for the use of mechanical insulation is Mechanical Insulators Labor Management and Cooperative Trust Executive Director Pete Ielmini. He joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain how mechanical insulation could have helped prevent some of the damage caused in Texas.
Winterizing building and mechanical systems with mechanical insulation
Ielmini summarized what happened in Texas as a failure in planning and in government. The unprecedented cold snap knocked out power to many, burst pipes and left residents with no heat.
He said that many of the pipes and mechanical systems in much of Texas were not insulated. Many people did not see insulation as a worthwhile investment since the state rarely sees weather cold enough to cause such a problem.
While the “cost saving” excuse is commonly given for not insulating, Ielmini said a great deal of money could have been saved by insulating systems from the start. Money could have even been saved on energy costs by applying mechanical insulation.
Comparing the cost of mechanical insulation and not insulating
Ielmini recently published a blog on the Mechanical Insulators LMCT website, analyzing the cost difference and return on investment between insulating in Texas and insulating in New York, called a mechanical insulation energy audit.
He explained how the user would see a return on investment in six months to two years, showing the upfront cost, but the return on energy costs.
Encouraging listeners to investigate the value of mechanical insulation, Ielmini said it is important for them to invest in a quality contractor. A subpar contractor may not properly install the material, costing listeners more in the long run.