If you have not already invested in an air compressor, you may not realise how valuable they are for numerous applications. Air compressors can be used for everything from scuba equipment, snow machines, pneumatic tools and pumping the tyres on your car.
But with so many of these machines on the market, how can we be sure we are choosing the right machines for the application at hand? There are also the ongoing issues of the environment and ensuring we are all reducing our carbon footprint in every way possible, whether that be at home or at work.
Direct Air has created an in-depth guide on the different workings of air compressors to help you choose the best one for your needs. Click here for more information.
How Do Air Compressors Benefit the Environment?
Air compressors generate an immense amount of power from a power source of gas or electricity.
They do require these natural resources to create energy, however, the scale of resources required compared to what would be used without an air compressor is substantial.
The speed of this power can also impact your energy usage, not only is this harmful for the environment but also raises energy bills.
For the most energy-efficient machine, opt for a variable speed (also known as VSD (Variable Speed Drive) or VFD (Variable Frequency Drive) compressor. A VSD machine automatically adjusts the speed of the motor in accordance with the demand for air. This means you will only use exactly what is needed in relation to energy and nothing will be needlessly wasted.
The Benefits of Oil-Free Air Compressors
All air compressors require lubrication to safely and efficiently draw air into the cylinder. You can either use oil or the oil-free alternative.
An oil-based machine is larger and heavier due to extra components, these added elements also mean your machine will require more maintenance throughout its lifetime. You will also need to ensure sufficient oil levels when in use. These machines are more robust and therefore can be the best choice for more heavy-duty applications.
An oil-free air compressor uses a non-stick coating, such as Teflon, to achieve lubrication. Oil-free air compressors, such as those provided at directair.co.uk require less maintenance as they do not have these added components. They are also more lightweight, making them more versatile for various applications.
Oil-free air compressors produce high-quality, reliable, clean air in a cost-efficient manner. This makes them perfect for the medical and food industries.
These machines not only reduce your running costs but will also have a positive impact on the environment compared to their counterparts.
Firstly, you will not be using oil and therefore preserving natural resources.
Oil-free air compressors eradicate the costs for disposing and collecting oil-laden condensate. You will also not have to cover the costs to replace broken or run-down filtration systems or pay for spoiled or ruined products that have become contaminated with oil during the manufacturing process.
They are safer for your premises and staff as they eliminate the potentials for compressed air pipeline fires, which means they are an excellent choice if you are working around highly flammable materials.
There is one downside to oil-free air compressors. These machines tend to be noisier than their counterparts and can irritate those working around them. If you believe this will be too much of an annoyance, there is a solution.
Low-noise air compressors are available, these reduce noise levels to a low decibel rating of around 40dB. In comparison, 60dB is considered as the safest level for compressors, so these machines do dramatically reduce noise.
This low-level is achieved with the addition of a separate acoustic chamber that contains the noise. To reduce the noise even more, opt for an electric-powered machine rather than gas as these are generally quieter machines.