5 Top Tips for Maintaining Compressed Air Systems in the Summer
Posted on June 4th, 2021
Summer can wreak havoc with compressed air systems if measures are not in place to protect it from rising temperatures. An increase of heat and humidity during the day, combined with rapid cooling of the system on evenings will create excess moisture. This will significantly increase water loading which can cause a strain on performance. These are 5 top tips to look after your compressed air system in the summer.
Follow these 5 tips to prepare your equipment for the warmer summer months and avoid costly downtime:
Install the correct filtration and dry your air.
A good filtration and drying system is essential to compressor efficiency all year round, especially important in the summer months. Warm temperatures through the day results in the system cooling down significantly at night. This causes moisture condensing in compressed air pipework.
The first line of defense in removing excess moisture is a Water Separator. This can remove as much as 99% of accumulated water at the point of installation.
Coalescing filters can remove fine oil aerosols and particulate and condition the air to a level suitable for compressed air dryers.
Desiccant Dryers are used to remove the remaining water vapor.
Clean air and oil filters.
Maintaining filters by removing any dirt or dust and servicing your filter elements will allow the system to run more smoothly and use less energy.
Change the oil.
Heat and humidity affect the viscosity of oil, so changing it before the summer bake starts will help to maximize its ability to lubricate the compressor.
The rise in humidity levels in summer will mean that drains need to work harder to release the increased flow of condensate. Check all drains on tanks, dryers and filters to make sure they are functioning correctly.
Make sure to properly ventilate your compressor room and adjust airflow appropriately. Increased airflow and good ventilation will help keep temperatures low and the compressor working more efficiently.