Don’t overlook minor air leaks, and look for energy savings
“Finding the miss-ssssssss-ing air loss in your compressor system” (Plant Engineering Live) really highlights the concern in our industry. As a compressed air distributor, many of our customers don’t realize that the initial cost of the compressor and maintenance is minor when compared to electrical costs.
Southern California Edison, states that a 1/2-inch-sized compressed air leak can cost $4,800 per month!
At LANS Company, we do everything we can to minimize these expenses for our customers. Just a few tips to share with your readers:
1. Don’t overlook those “minor” air leaks and repair piping.
2. Maintain the compressor. A dirty oil removal filter can waste 2% of your electric bill, while a soiled inlet filter can waste 3% and a clogged air/oil separator up to 5%.
3. Purchase a premium efficient motor. Not only do you save big bucks on your electrical bill, but Edison offers significant rebates that offset the initial cost.
4. Consider a no-loss auto drain from BEKO.
5. Size the compressor based on the CFM you typically need. Don’t oversize your compressor. If you can afford it, purchase a back-up unit to turn on only as additional air is demanded.
LANS Company Inc.