Refrigeration and air conditioning technology is gaining increasing importance in the European sphere. The majority of energy consumption in buildings can be attributed to heating, but air conditioning is steadily increasing. According to forecasts, the use of air conditioning will triple by 2030. Starting with the cooling of foods to the air conditioning of residences and offices, the field of application are wide-ranging. In the process, the following applies: Good insulation saves energy. Without insulation there is a risk of increased energy consumption as well as the formation of condensation.
The prevention of condensation is the most important task of insulation in "Refrigeration and air conditioning technology". FEF and PEF foams fulfil this role in the best possible way.
What promises to be refreshing outside in the garden can be a problem indoors. Condensation can cause extensive damage with consequences extending far beyond financial losses. Soaked ceilings, damaged goods, and disrupted production process can all result. Insulation with cellular plastics is a remedy - both at home and in businesses.
If the temperature of a medium, for instance a refrigerant pipe, is below the temperature of the environment, the environmental air cools down. If it drops below the dew point, the water vapour in the air condenses and condensation is the result. Refrigeration insulation is always necessary if the operating temperature of a medium is less than room temperature.
The primary task of the insulation is to prevent the temperature from falling below the dew point and to block the flow of heat to the medium. Seams and connection points must be carefully sealed in order to ensure that the penetration of moisture is eliminated over the long term. In addition to clean workmanship, the correct insulation thickness is crucial. The following applies: The less heat it conducts, the more efficient and thinner the insulation is.
Technical elastomer insulation is especially well-suited for air conditioning and refrigeration technology. Materials with increased diffusion resistance towards water vapour are used. The closed-cell material structure limits the penetration of air moisture and keeps the thermal conductivity low. Closed micropores assure optimal insulation results. With proper preparation, the FEF insulation also effectively protects against condensation and corrosion - even without an additional vapour retarder.
In addition to protection against condensation, the insulation of refrigeration plants also fulfils energy functions: Thanks to a covering with low heat conductivity, the hot remains hotter longer and the cold remains colder longer. The insulation saves energy just like it does with heating systems. Therefore, cold losses are reduces and the plant efficiency is increased.