Hotels, airports, manufacturing facilities, and warehouses utilize access doors to make it easier to reach building components located behind walls, ceilings, and floors. An access door adds convenience, whether checking meters, doing repairs, or conducting scheduled inspections and maintenance. But what about an insulated access panel? Are there additional benefits to choosing an insulated model?
Advantages of Insulated Access Panels
In general, insulation protects against extreme temperature changes that can damage the structure of your building, reducing the cost of heating and cooling. Along with keeping freezing weather out, insulation can help reduce condensation, and most thermal insulation materials have acoustic insulation properties.
Here are five benefits specific to insulated access panels:
1. Reduce Energy Bills
Insulated access doors reduce heat loss in the winter and prevent cool air from escaping during the sweltering summer months, reducing the load on your HVAC system as it balances the temperature in your building. Creating this balance means your energy consumption is lower for heating and cooling. And that means savings on your energy bill!
2. Noise Reduction
Insulated access doors create a soundproofing barrier helping to contain the noise of building systems from invading the workspace of building occupants. The insulation muffles soundwaves by absorbing vibrations providing adequate soundproofing within your building.
3. Mold and Mildew Resistant
Mold can cause serious health complications, especially in the lungs. Breathing in mold causes allergic reactions, such as runny nose, skin rash, sneezing, and watery eyes.
Fortunately, access doors insulated with material containing fiberglass, slag wool, rock, and natural fibers can help to discourage mold and mildew growth. Remember, proper ventilation is necessary!
4. Improve Indoor Air Quality
Installing insulated access panels can also improve indoor air quality. Insulation can block out tiny particles, helping keep bacteria out of your building. Clean indoor air quality is paramount in hospitals, treatment facilities, and clinics.
5. Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Using less energy saves non-renewable resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Buildings using energy-saving insulated access doors may qualify for LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), indicating their compliance with environmental best practices.
When selecting an insulated access door, you have many options!
Type of Insulation: Along with being LEED-compliant, our insulated access doors have fiberglass, polystyrene, and mineral wool insulation. You can also choose models insulated with Styrofoam for water resistance.
Thickness of Insulation: Depending on the access panel variant you require; you can choose from 1” fiberglass to 2” mineral wool thicknesses.
Material: Our access doors also comprise aluminum or steel materials – both of which have excellent corrosion resistance. Choose from 16 to 22-gauge or galvanized steel with an electrostatic rust-inhibitive powder finish and two durable protective layers.
Fire-Rating: You can also choose fire-rated insulated panels that help adhere to fire safety codes.
Sound Reduction: Some also come with a neoprene gasket which helps reduce sound and air transfer.
Our Favorite: BA-PAL
If you’re looking for an excellent insulated access panel, consider purchasing our BA-PAL. It’s a lightweight, corrosion-resistant fiberglass-insulated aluminum access door with a 1” fiberglass insulation and neoprene gasket. It’s a perfect access door to soundproof areas and prevents air transfer between two spaces.
Due to its aluminum construction, you can install it in the large ceiling or wall openings susceptible to moisture and corrosion. The door comes standard with a cylinder lock and key, but there are more than ten lock and latch options you can consider depending on your requirements.
Install Insulated Access Panels Today!
You can reduce your environmental footprint and lower your energy bill by installing insulated access doors throughout your commercial facility.
To get started, call us at 1-800-483-0843 to go over your options! Our product experts will help you find the best solution for your commercial building, including choosing specific lock types, custom sizes, and more!
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