5 Approaches to Optimize Your Compressed Air System

Written by on September 18, 2020 in Eco-Friendly with 0 Comments


Make some changes to your air compressor system to maximize efficiency

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When it comes to any facility with an air system, it’s important to know the benefits of why your facility needs an air compressor with good quality and to consider how to maximize your efficiency. In the case of your compressed air system, investing in optimization is an effective way to cut down on your costs and help save your business some extra costs. Compressed air tends to be one of the more costly sources of energy for many businesses, so having some ideas to optimize the system can be a great way to make your business all the more efficient.

Here are a few ways to make your system be a little more efficient and conserve a little more energy each day:

  1. Fix your leaks
    The leading cause of energy loss in most compressed air systems is wasted air; up to 30% of a compressor’s output is lost to leaks. Over time, these leaks can severely affect an air compressor’s efficiency.

Fix the problem by implementing a more comprehensive leak detection program to address the issue. The ideal program should include an annual leak detection program, as well as plans for tagging and repairing leaks immediately to minimize any damage. Leaks can appear anywhere, but pay special attention to pipe joints, pressure regulators, and shut-off valves as potential weak spots.

  1. Install storage receivers
    Storage receivers are a great method for aiding the system during short-term changes. Use them to reduce the on/off cycling and keep the pressure consistent. Pressure drops can increase system pressure and waste some of the system’s efficiency. Storage receivers used with check valves can also protect your machinery from pressure fluctuations that could damage important systems.
  2. Change your filters regularly

Approach filter maintenance more systematically

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Your air compressor’s air filters are there to keep dirt and moisture out. Any particles in the system can restrict airflow and cause pressure drops. The key to maximum efficiency is timely maintenance and replacement for filter elements. For ideal results, inspect and replace old filters systematically to maintain air quality.

You can also take filter maintenance to the next level by going beyond the air compressor and compressor room. There are often other filters (namely the air-line and point-of-use filters) in your facility that need looking after to keep your system working at peak efficiency.

  1. Recover your heat
    Air compressors tend to produce plenty of heat as a byproduct. However, rather than see the heat as a waste product, it can be put to better use around your business. Invest in a heat recovery unit to help reuse the hot air; a well-designed unit can recover up to 90% of the energy used in air compression. You can use the “waste” heat to heat up colder areas in the building or heat your water, allowing you to save on energy costs even further.
  2. Think long-term
    Long-term thinking is key to developing and implementing improvements to your system for maximum efficiency in the long run. For example, consider how an air compressor would interact with a system master controller. Installing a system master controller allows you to keep your used compressor operating in unison and helps you avoid unnecessary cycles that could waste precious energy.

Another thing to consider is the underlying causes of common issues. When it comes to your system’s health, look for the source of your problems rather than limit yourself to treating the symptoms.

Optimizing your systems is generally a great way to keep those systems efficient and maximize your business’s money-saving. Air compressors can contribute to cutting down on costs with a few modifications to your system. Stay on your toes to help keep your air compression system operating at peak efficiency at all times.

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