Spring Cleaning Your Compressed Air System
After a long, cold winter, there is nothing like the warm days of spring and the sense of renewal that comes with it. Now is the time to renew your focus on compressed air system maintenance in order to ensure an energy efficient compressor installation and avoid unnecessary downtime throughout the year.
Start small by addressing the following areas of the compressed air system:
A clogged or blocked filter can negatively affect compressor efficiency by as much as three percent. While that may not seem like a big deal, consider a manufacturer that runs a 200 horsepower air compressor 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 8 cents per kWh. It costs that manufacturer $110,062 a year to operate the air compressor – meaning the right filter, operating at peak performance, can save more than $3,000. For facilities that have more than one compressor, these savings can really add up.
Also, don’t forget to check the drain on the filter. The most common filters use float drains, which can clog over time. Maintaining them now can prevent costly air leaks from drains that remain stuck open or even more costly damage from downstream water if a drain becomes clogged shut.
Piping System Maintenance
Piping systems more than five years old have been shown to exhibit leaks of up to 25 percent and a single quarter-inch air leak at 100 psi will cost more than $2,500 a year depending on current energy costs. Replacing old piping systems with corrosion-free and lightweight AIRnet aluminum piping helps minimize air leakage and reduce line losses.