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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.
By Plant Engineering Staff November 15, 2007

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.

Shannon Richards
LANS Company Inc.
www.lanscompany.com