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Insulation Blanket Saves Hospital 15 Million Pounds of Steam


By Cathy Jakicic HVAC
insulation blanket on pipe

A one-time investment in a reusable insulation blanket and heat shield for the boiler room at Horizon Health Network's Miramichi Regional Hospital (MRH) in New Brunswick, Canada, has saved 15 million pounds of steam, according to Benzinga.

The hospital's staff installed the insulation for MRH's boiler room, including its main header, instantaneous heater and condensate pumps. 

To determine the savings from each reusable insulation blanket, hospital staff analyzed total steam produced from April 2015 to June 2015.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, installing a one-inch thick blanket on an uninsulated six-inch gate valve in a 250-pound-per-square-inch-gauge (psig) saturated steam line yields a savings of $525 per year.

Cathryn Jakicic is healthcare industries editor of FacilitiesNet.com. For more information on hospital campuses and other medical facilities, click here.

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