How Does a Mechanical Insulation Energy Audit Work?

Posted By Jason Barron / August 18, 2016 / News

When many people think of an energy audit, the first thing that comes to mind is evaluating their home to determine where they may be losing energy and money. A mechanical insulation energy audit is not the same as a home energy audit, but the purpose and benefits are the same.

An insulation energy audit gives business owners, building owners and facilities managers a complete understanding of the true dollar and performance value of their insulated systems. The process is an effective way to calculate how much money and energy a facility is losing with its current mechanical insulation system, whether because the mechanical equipment is under-insulated, or because the insulation is missing or damaged.

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4 Simple Habits That Could Save Your Mechanical Insulation System

Posted By Jason Barron / August 12, 2016 / News

It’s sad but true—most people don’t think about their mechanical insulation systems until something goes wrong. But to have truly effective insulation that generates a positive ROI, it can’t the right approach is not to “set it and forget it.” Problems arise when mechanical insulation is neglected. But there are a few simple habits that are low-maintenance and easy to implement that could help save your insulation and increase its lifecycle. These tips will help you spot small problems--before they become bigger problems.  

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How to Know You’re Hiring the Right Mechanical Insulation Contractor

Posted By Jason Barron / August 4, 2016 / News

Finding the right mechanical insulation contractor is critical to the timing and budget of your project. But it can also have an impact on the overall health and efficiency of your facility for years to come. As with any industry, a certain insulation contractor may not be right for every job. Here are four good signs that you’re on the right track when it comes to hiring a mechanical insulation contractor.

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Common Mechanical Insulation Misconceptions and the Truth Behind Them

Posted By Jason Barron / July 28, 2016 / News

As with any industry, there are many questions surrounding mechanical insulation and its role in the overall performance of a facility. Along with questions about types, thickness, and function, there are misconceptions about mechanical insulation that lead people to question whether the investment is really worth it.

In this article, we’ll clear up four common misconceptions about mechanical insulation and reveal the real answers to these frequently asked questions.

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4 Biggest Signs You Need to Update Your Mechanical Insulation

Posted By Jason Barron / July 21, 2016 / News

Mechanical insulation isn’t exactly the top priority on most peoples’ minds. Whether you’re a facilities manager, building owner, process control engineer, or maintenance professional, you probably have a to-do list a mile long, and insulation is the last thing you want to deal with. It’s understandable—for many people, mechanical insulation simply blends in to their environment, becoming part of their daily landscape.  

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Balancing Performance and Cost with Mechanical Insulation

Posted By Jason Barron / July 14, 2016 / News

Building owners, specifiers, and contractors are constantly struggling to find a balance between economical engineering and optimal performance. Unfortunately, this often means making a choice between saving money and optimizing performance as everyone involved strives to do what’s best for the customer while providing a robust system with reliable longevity. The drawback to this strategy is that it often results in “value engineering.”  

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3 Ways Schools Can Increase Energy Efficiency This Summer

Posted By Jason Barron / July 1, 2016 / News

Many people are under the impression that when classes end for the summer, schools are empty. But, as facilities professionals are aware, this is usually not the case. Whether it’s summer school, extracurricular activities, or recreation programs, school facilities are rarely in disuse for extended periods during the summer.   

For many schools, this could mean an increased demand on the building’s mechanical systems. Summer is the ideal time to make updates to the building’s mechanical insulation, because the upgrades made now will have numerous positive effects once the school year starts back up.  

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Johns Manville Features NCMI Insulation Blog

Posted By Jason Barron / June 23, 2016 / News

Johns Manville, an industry leader in insulation manufacturing and engineered products, featured NCMI's insulation blog in a recent article on their website. Johns Manville's website is a hub of educational resources covering building insulation, commercial roofing, HVAC insulation, industrial insulation, and mechanical insulation, and NCMI is thrilled to have been included among some of the best informative articles in the industry.  

See the featured article on the Johns Manvill website by clicking here

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Is Your Mechanical Insulation Really Doing Its Job?

Posted By Jason Barron / June 17, 2016 / News

Last week I wrote about what happens when mechanical insulation fails. The results aren’t fun—in fact, they’re costly, frustrating, and wasteful of energy and resources. But an insulation system does not need to be completely compromised in order to cause problems.

Insulation is often out of sight, out of mind. Many people consider it a “one and done” installation that they don’t need to revisit. When it comes to preventative maintenance in facilities and buildings, insulation is frequently left out.

It’s not hard to see why—mechanical insulation can be easy to forget about. There are no knobs, buttons, gauges, or computer monitoring. It’s simply not directly in front of people every day.

So, if you never check up on it, how do you know if your mechanical insulation is really doing its job?

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What Happens When Mechanical Insulation Fails?

Posted By Jason Barron / June 6, 2016 / News

The incredible benefits of mechanical insulation are well-known for most industries and applications. But people often forget that, in order for a facility to actually reap these benefits, the mechanical insulation itself must be in peak condition.

High-performing insulation doesn’t just require the right maintenance once it’s installed—it requires the insulation system to be specified and installed correctly from the beginning of the project. When mechanical insulation systems fail, the results are costly. Why?

1. Cost to replace the damaged system components and/or repair equipment.

2. System doesn’t save as much energy as it was originally specified to do—loss of bottom-line energy and cost savings for facility operation.  

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