Compressed air systems are a vital production component of your operation. They are being used for more tasks than ever before, often replacing other traditional power sources. That being said, if you aren’t careful, the cost to run a compressed air system can skyrocket, rivaling traditional utilities such as electricity and gas.
Here are the top five things you should do to make sure your compressed air system is operating energy efficiently:
Turn the Unit Off Each Night
At the end of the workday, as you go through the operation to turn off heavy equipment, make sure that you don’t skip the compressed air system. If you leave it on each night, the costs can add up significantly so make sure you’re saving as much energy as possible when the machine is not in use.
Reduce the Pressure
Did you know that for every two psig reduction, your operation will cut down energy consumption by 1%? Reducing the pressure is a small thing that you can do that won’t affect your operating capacity much, yet will be able to save tremendous costs over time.
Fix Any Leaks
Even just a tiny, quarter-inch air leak can cost thousands of dollars in waster energy each year. Even if you haven’t heard any hissing in your system, there could still be leaks hidden away along the line. Not all air leaks are audible, so it’s crucial that you conduct a thorough inspection of the entire airline to make sure all leaks are fixed.
Don’t Let Heat Go to Waste
One great way to save on energy costs is to find new ways to recover and reuse other energy sources. For instance, you can use the heat that the air compressor generates and reuse it to heat water in a washroom, or even heat the air in a workroom or cold outdoor docks.
Change Your Filters Regularly
Do you have a maintenance schedule in place? This includes checking and replacing air filters on a semi-regular basis in a systematic fashion. This will ensure that the air moving through your system is optimal while preventing any pressure drops that could cause your system to work harder. You should also make sure to check the filters at points of use throughout the facility.
There are many more tips and tricks that you can follow to improve the efficiency of your compressed air system, but these five are the most significant. Follow them accordingly, and the savings should start to pile up!