Compressed Air Tanks – Why Have Them?

When Henry Ford began selling the Model T in 1908, it was pretty basic, as you might imagine- and it came in one color.  Black.  Henry Ford was quoted in a meeting as saying “Any customer can have a car painted in any color he wants, so long as it is black.”

Since then, customers have a few more options, but every car still needs tires.

Your air compressor is kind of the same.  You have plenty of options to choose from, but every compressor needs a tank.

Think of your compressor system in two stages. There’s the stage where your compressed air is “made,” and the stage where your compressed air is used.

Your tank acts as a buffer between these two stages. It stores compressed air and allows your compressor itself to run more efficiently without the pressure (so to speak) of having to produce compressed air in the very moment that your facility needs it.

Choosing the correct tank for your needs is critical to the smooth operation of your system.

The formula to determine tank size is fairly simple. (Math alert) The minimum size tank you want for your system is five times the horsepower of the compressors you will be using.

So, let’s say you have a 200 hp system, you would want 1000 gallons of storage.

Sometimes we’ll install additional storage tanks in the compressor room, or in strategic locations on your production floor to compensate for areas that may lose pressure due to their distance from the compressor. This keeps your entire facility running a peak form no matter the demand on your compressor.

Your system likely has a dryer, as well. Whether the tank is installed before or after the dryer is totally up to you. In some instances, we recommend a small tank before the dryer, and a larger tank downstream from the dryer.

You’ve got questions, and our experts cannot be stumped! Reach out and we’ll be able to walk you through any tank situation you may be facing.

About Brad Bost

Brad Bost

Brad Bost has several years experience in the Compressor industry with Air Components. To expand his knowledge and help his customers even more, Brad has been through rotary and parts training with Ingersoll Rand. As an account manager, he makes sure customers compressed air system works as efficiently as possible through understanding utilization of their compressed air and conducting audits.If you have more questions or would like to work with Brad, you can reach him at