Should You Install Your Compressor Outside?
You may have been considering installing or moving your air compressor outside. Your prime reason could be because you want to save space. Or perhaps you are wondering whether that would be better for your compressed air system or not. Whatever your reason may be, there are some considerations that you need to make first before doing so.
If you have been using an air compressor for a while now, or if you have done your research, then you probably already know that water is the worst enemy of any compressed air system. It is true that you can actually have your compressor outside, but you should still cover it or build some kind of shelter for its protection. You absolutely do not want it to be exposed to harsh weather, especially to rain and snow.
Speaking of snow, really cold weather is also tough on your air compressor and could cause its failure. That of course, translates to you spending money on repair (not to mention some wasteful downtime). Therefore if you live in an area where it gets really cold, then keeping your air compressor indoors is more of a necessity. If an indoor storage is impossible, at the very least make sure that your outdoor shelter is heated to an above freezing temperature. You have to keep parts like control valves, lines, and drains from actually freezing. If possible, insulate the shelter to have it cool enough during summers and warm enough during winters.
You also have to think about ventilation. Your unit needs air that comes from a cool, clean source. Remember that the exhaust that comes from the compressor cannot be recycled. So if you are storing your air compressor in a room or shelter outside, be sure to place it in a spot where it will not pull in its own exhaust or remove the exhaust altogether.
Your compressor may have some accessories that make storing it outside easier, like huge filters, dryers, and more. You can always call us to help you with the process of installing or moving your compressed air system outdoors.
Remember that if you want your air compressor to work properly the longest time possible, you should also take good care of it. That includes storing or installing it in an area where it is safe from any harsh elements including bad weather, even if it means clearing some space and making room for it inside.