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4 Ways an Air Audit Improves Your Operation’s Efficiency

By In Blog On September 10, 2018

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, about one-half of all the energy used to run air compressors goes to waste. You could be spending hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars more than you need to on energy bills, which is bad for both your business and the environment.

Instead of wasting power, increase your operation’s efficiency and lower your spending by hiring a professional to conduct an air audit. An expert will looks for all sorts of inefficiencies in your system — learn about four of the things they will look for below.

1. Leaks

Leaks are the most obvious, and often the most costly, sources of inefficiencies. In fact, leaks often waste 20–30% of a compressor’s output — and leaks do more than just waste power.

Leaks can also shorten your air compressor’s lifespan and cause your system’s pressure to drop, which affects the performance of your tools and can impact your operation. If you identify and fix leaks, you may find that your work goes smoother and has better outcomes, and your equipment will last longer.

2. Unneeded Uses of Compressed Air

Many people who work with compressed air overestimate how much they need or the pressure they need it at. If your operation constantly compresses more air than necessary, you’ll be paying more on your power bill than you really need to.

Additionally, some workers may use compressed air when they should use something else. While compressed air is clean and easy to use, it costs much more to produce than other tools. For example, instead of using compressed air to remove debris from an object, use a brush, vacuum, or blower. These tools cost much less but get the same result.

3. Poor Piping

Many systems include piping that decreases the system’s efficiency. Air audits focus on several types of piping problems:

  • Convoluted systems. If your system could have fewer pipes and a simpler design, an air audit will find solutions.
  • Incorrect pipe sizes. Perhaps you used to use your system differently, but your current usage would be best served with pipes of a different size.
  • Pipes that lead to obsolete equipment. If you used to use a certain machine or piece of equipment and now don’t, make sure it’s uninstalled. Otherwise, the piping that leads to it could waste compressed air.
  • Tee connections. Whenever possible, use angle connections instead, since forcing air through a 35-degree angle takes less power than forcing it through a 90-degree angle.

While you can investigate and solve some of these problems on your own, an air audit is more likely to catch all of the problems and find better solutions.

4. Poor Air Quality

Don’t just consider your air compressor and system when you think about efficiency. The intake air you use also affects your equipment’s performance. Dust, debris, and moisture can all make your air compressor use more power, as can the temperature of the air.

Since air expands when it is warm, warm air takes more power to compress. Cool, dense air is more efficient, and an air audit will be able to analyze your system’s intake air to see how to improve it.

While you may be able to find some leaks and piping issues on your own, you’ll get the best results if you turn to a qualified professional for an air audit. An air audit will not only address the above problems, but it will also find other issues that untrained individuals simply can’t spot on their own.

If you need an air audit, reach out to Compressor Pump & Service, Inc. Our services can help you reduce your operating costs by 25–50% and your maintenance costs by 10–80%.

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