Do I need an air dryer?
If you’re paying attention to what we’re doing here in this blog, you know that water- in all its forms- is the enemy of your air compressor.
Water/moisture can affect the performance of your compressor and even cause the entire unit to shut down if there is enough of it around.
So, how do you make sure your air compressor is operating at its’ best, moisture free?
The best, most efficient way to prevent moisture from gathering is by employing a dryer in your system.
Your compressor draws air from the environment around it. That air likely contains moisture that must be dealt with before it gets distributed to your operation. It can cause all kinds of problems in the compressor, and downstream- like causing your seals to swell and the scourge of any facility- rust.
Dryers remove that moisture so it doesn’t condense and cause those problems. There are two types of dryer (refrigerated and dessicant) and the type you need depends very much on the type of air desired for your operation.
We know your next question. How much does it cost to remove moisture from my system?
That depends. Refrigerated dryers are less expensive than dessicant but provide a lower level of air quality.
A “regenerative dessicant” dryer involves the least capital expense but does use a percentage of the compressed air your unit generates.
The bottom line is you need to somehow manage the moisture that will devlop in your air compressor system and a dryer (either refrigerated or dessicant) is the optimal way to make this happen. It will keep your system up and running at its peak and avoid major expenses down the line.
As always, our guys know more about compressors and moisture than just about anyone, and they can guide you through the decision-making process. Give us a ring.
About Randy Lawson
Randy has an extensive background in this industry. He can handle all of your compressor questions - from 5hp to 500hp!