The air-cooled stationary screw air compressor has been developed and sub-categorized to a design most fitted for a wide variety of applications. It has been used in leading industries to withstand difficult conditions. These air-cooled and high-pressure compressors are available in vertical and horizontal formats. There are also some types that come with a diesel drive as an optional variant.
To reduce the noise level, there’s also an option for a super silent cladding, which can further reduce the noise especially in environments where noise is a big concern.
Depending on the application and the series, these compressors are identified as compressed-air, medium-pressure, high-pressure, helium or nitrogen compressors.
Majority of these compressors, particularly the rotary screw, are air-cooled and more instantly available. A couple the key points of this type of compressor is that it is simple and cheaper to install. However, there are some applications that could be more advantageous to water-cooled installations. Thus, considering the system installation of the compresses air is the best approach to deciding to go for an air-cooled compressor.
Room for Compression
Compressors with air-cooled cooling system generally require an adequate allocation of cooling air for its inlet and a space big enough for discharge. Regulation issues such as improper ventilation can always lead to faults and downtime.
Even though your compressor is air-cooled, you can also consider using fluid heat exchangers to set a space for balance cooling and heating process. However, this method can be applied seasonally only.
If not done the right way, ventilation can always be the cause of regulation issues, which would eventually lead to downtime and even failures of the equipment.
Chances are, you may cause a downtime if the room where you house your compressor is not ventilated properly. It could be much worse if your compressor room is close to a boiler or near a steamer. You need to move it to a location with a suitable temperature requirement.
When you consider some factors pertaining to costs, it is more practical to use an air-cooled compressor because, from the perspective of energy savings, it is more cost-effective. The cost of the operating system should then be added to the operating cost of the compressor to further increase its lifetime costs.
It is recommended to consult an air compression specialist to determine if you need to opt for a large compressor or multiple small-size units to gain more understanding of the energy-saving methods suited for an air-cooled compressor. These experts can do some system simulations that can show multiple scenarios. They can also give energy-saving tips between these two types of compressors.
Switching to air-cooled compressors would always lead to reasonable savings with very minimal maintenance issues, such as fixing leaks or reconditioning the working cycle of a compression system. Make sure to examine thoroughly your compressor room and its ventilation. You may then proceed to checking the quality of your cooling process, and the numbers will tell you the difference that it makes. You will realize that you have just saved a reasonable amount of time and money.