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5 Reasons to Choose a Smaller Industrial Air Compressor

By In Blog On April 16, 2020

When shopping for an industrial air compressor, you’ll need to choose the appropriate size. If you will be using your air compressor for heavy-duty industrial use, then you might assume that you should go with the biggest air compressor that you can find. However, going with an air compressor on the smaller side might actually work out well for you. These are five reasons why.

1. Bigger is not always Better

You might assume that a bigger air compressor will be the safe way to go.  Although bigger units are sometimes more powerful, the difference is not always as significant as you might think.  Oversized compressors can use significantly more energy to produce the same capacity of compressed air.

If you check the specifications on a smaller compressor, you might find that a smaller unit will actually suit your needs well. Of course, you will probably want to err on the side of caution and choose an air compressor that produces more capacity (Cubic Feet per Minute) than you think you need. Then, you can ensure that it will continue to work for your needs.  Consider possible future needs when sizing the compressor.

2. They Don’t Take Up as Much Space

Space is at a premium in many shops, warehouses, and factories. After all, you have to ensure that you have enough room for all of your equipment while leaving ample workspace for all of your employees. If you buy a bigger than required air compressor, you might find that it takes up more valuable space than you would like for it to.

A smaller air compressor is great for using limited space in the best way possible. This is ideal whether you have a small shop to work in or if you simply hope to keep plenty of space for other equipment.

3. Installation Cost is Less

Smaller compressors not only take up less space but generally cost less to install.   Required piping and related equipment such as dryers and filters will be smaller and also easier and less expensive to install.

4. They’re Often More Cost Effective

Because of the many things that you can do with an air compressor, you are sure to find that your air compressor is well worth the cost. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t look for a good deal, though. After all, you can often save hundreds of dollars or more by carefully shopping for an affordable air compressor.

In many cases, smaller air compressors are more affordable than larger ones. Make sure that you buy a high-quality, well-made air compressor. Warranties vary by manufacturer.   Compare warranties and choose what best fits your needs. If you do all of these things and also look at smaller air compressors, you might find that the unit will be much more affordable but that it will still suit your needs well.

5. They’re Sometimes More Efficient

Lastly, you should think about air compressor efficiency. You may want to keep the amount of electricity or gas that you use for maintaining your air compressor to a minimum. In many cases, choosing a smaller unit will help with this.

You can also compare overall efficiency specifications when purchasing your air compressor so that you can choose a unit that is environmentally friendly and affordable to operate. Make sure that you properly maintain your air compressor to prevent efficiency issues later, too.

When shopping for an industrial air compressor, consider one of the smaller units out there. Contact us at Compressor-Pump & Service, Inc., to find out more about the industrial air compressors that we have for sale.

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