Beat the Heat: Summer Energy-Saving
With summer around the corner, it is a
crucial time to start preparing facilities for the summer heat.
Companies often think about outfitting their facilities for
colder months, but it is just as important to consider
compressor maintenance before the summer heat sets in. With
hotter and more humid weather, compressor loads can easily reach
peak levels and cause energy consumption to rise.
Keeping maintenance a top priority will
help ensure there is less downtime and energy wastage. Here are
a few tips to prepare your compressor system for the summer:
Check that drains are in good working
condition. Higher humidity in the summer produces more
condensate, and drains will need to handle extra water flow.
Remove debris and clean out clogged
coolers to prevent compressors from overheating.
Clean or replace compressor filters.
Dirty filters lead to pressure drops, but clean filters will
reduce energy consumption and keep compressors running cooler.
Properly ventilate the compressor room.
Especially during summer months, it’s important to route hot air
outdoors or away from the compressor room using ducts and vents.
If the system operates a water-cooled
compressor, adjust the pressure, flow and temperature of the
water entering the compressor to avoid overheating.
As always, consult a compressed air
specialist for recommendations specific to your facility’s
processes. Contact Rastgar for specific advice on compressed air
system maintenance www.rastgar-co.com.