If your business relies on compressed air, having a reliable system is incredibly important. You can’t afford to be without it. If you’re looking for a new system, make sure you consider these seven items before making your purchase.
1. Look beyond the brand
There are some very reputable brands that manufacture air compressors. We carry Champion, DV Systems, Campbell Hausfeld, Saylor-Beall and Chicago Pneumatic; however, selecting the right air compressor is more than the brand. You need to consider the model along with its capacity, voltage, tank size, pressure and more.
2. Know your electrical capabilities
Make sure that your electrical service meets the standard for the equipment you’re about to purchase, particularly during start-up. There are special charts for air compressor motors that you can use as a reference.
3. Consider the location of the system
It’s all about location! Don’t make the mistake of placing your air compressor in a poor location. Make sure you consider ventilation and the source of the intake air. A trained compressed air professional can advise you in this area.
4. Consider noise control
There are a number of ways you can reduce the noise pollution, including intake mufflers or a strategic location for the system.
5. Consider the number of motor starts
Starting the system places extra load on the motor which shortens its life. Ideally, you’ll run the system for a longer period of time rather than continually stopping and starting. A trained compressed air professional can help advise you on ways to reduce this extra load.
6. Consider a back-up unit
Many businesses rely on compressed air to function daily. Do you have a back-up plan in the event that your air compressor fails? Sometimes units are down for a matter of hours, but other repairs can take longer. Consider how a back-up unit can help your business continue to run.
7. Consider the demands of your business
Is your demand for compressed air constant, or does it fluctuate throughout the day? Having a strong understanding of your needs will help you select the best model.
Every business is different, but there are a variety of models to choose from. Make sure you consult with a trained air compressor professional before making your decision. There is a lot information available on the internet, but that doesn’t replace the expertise provided by a professional.