There are a lot of factors that reduce air system performance in the summer – the physical properties of air change (increased moisture content, reduced air density, higher inlet temperatures), ambient conditions change (hotter ambient temperatures), and contaminant levels increase (from increased condensate). These all have different effects, and the maintenance tips above will provide basic protection against these conditions.
However, the most important factor is system design, which is the foundation of a reliable and efficient compressed air system. Every air system has unique needs (the specific application or industry, customer requirements, budget range, building layout, etc.), but some common variables include:
- Is your compressor, dryer, and other air equipment optimally sized and configured?
- Do you have a wet receiver/wet tank before your dryer?
- Does your compressor room have good ventilation and a supply of cool, clean air?
- Is your air piping sloped so condensate drains to a drop leg / moisture trap? Do piping outlets connect from the top of the pipeline’s main header? Is your piping material Black Iron or (non-stainless) steel, which corrodes when exposed to condensate?
- Do you have in-line filters and/or separators protecting air-powered equipment?
Sometimes small changes can yield big improvements and savings. Does your system have low-hanging fruit that is a bottleneck to performance or efficiency? Our air experts love doing free walk-through assessments to look for potential improvements like this – they’ve figured out that providing annual savings with lots of zeros and commas makes customers happy!
Sometimes these changes are as simple as adding a few valves, changing a section of piping, or even just turning off equipment that’s running unnecessarily! It’s not always that easy, but our experts will always take the time to learn your needs, provide honest information, and (if applicable) provide options and recommend the best possible solution – just give us a call or send us a message!