Make Your Air Compressor More Energy-Efficient Now
Unused and leaked compressed air is among the largest causes of substantial energy waste. Heat loss is also a big factor. Because the last few years had seen a huge increase in energy costs, it is very important that you try to make your air compressor more energy efficient as much as you can.
So how can you prevent excessive energy loss? How can you reap more of the benefits of compressed air? Here are some tips:
Observe Your Usage
Look out for these:
- Pressure drops
- Over Pressurization
- Poor compressor management
Knowing your compressed air costs and how much compressed air you actually need can help clarify whether or not your air compressor is used efficiently. For example, if you are operating your air compressor at 100 percent yet only half of that is being used, then 50 percent of the energy consumed to run the compressor is put to waste.
Reduce Drops in Pressure
Your air compressor should always have a low pressure drop during the entirety of its service life. Total pressure drops in all your system components should not be over 15psi. if the loss of pressure in your system is no less than 10 percent, evaluate the system and find the cause of those excessive pressure drops.
Locate and Eliminate Leaks
Air leaks could be the biggest waste of energy at a plant. If you’re not conducting regular leak inspections, you should seriously consider it. Your maintenance staff should have sufficient equipment for proper leak detection. Test your system with detectors during nonproduction time to know the overall leak rate by checking air loss from your supply tank. A professional auditor may be required to perform a thorough leak audit.
Dust and other debris in your compressed air system can start corrosion which of course, can increase the possibility of a leak happening. Remember that fixing a leak can increase pressure, meaning other leaks may start. Routine maintenance is the key to managing and preventing leaks.
Make Use of Flow Controllers
A lot of air systems run at very high pressures to account for usage peaks and to compensate for things like pressure drops, leaks, and flow fluctuations. Operating at high pressures can need as much as 25 percent more capacity than necessary.
Inspect and Change Filters
Make sure you check your filters regularly and replace them if necessary to ensure the quality of your air, as well as to avoid pressure drops.
These are just some of the ways you can help improve the efficiency of your air compressor. What do you do to make your air compressor more energy-efficient?