How To Maximize The Use Of Your High Pressure Air Compressor

How To Maximize The Use Of Your High Pressure Air Compressor

High pressure air compressors perform various jobs-from operating nail guns to inflating tires. How do you find the right air compressor that will handle your desired job? Choosing the right tool for the right job will save you time, money, and energy.
Some of the commonly asked questions about high pressure air compressors include the different pressure systems, their specific features, and benefits. How do the air compressors work? What factors should one consider in the bid to maximize the air compressors performance? Read on! How To Maximize The Use Of Your High Pressure Air Compressor

1.How does the high pr​​​​​essure air compressor work?

  • We will focus on the gasoline/electric motor air compressors and piston and single stage compressors

2.How are high pressure air compressors classified?

  • Consumer, Professional and Industrial air compressors and their ideal uses

3.Choosing the right high pressure air compressor for the right job

4.How To Maximize The Use Of Your high pressure air compressor

  1. • Some of the factors to consider include
  2. • Air quality and how to improve it
    • Air compressor control controls
    • Improving the system design
    • Understanding the compressed air needs

How Do Air Compressors Work?

Before we proceed, it is essential to understand how the high pressure air compressor pressure works and the different types. It will guide you even as you make a purchase. The piston-type and single- stage air compressors are the most popular models for the workshop and home use.

Air compressors that have a gasoline engine or electric motor have a piston which forces air into the storage tank. The piston forces in more air causing the pressure to rise. When a certain pressure limit is achieved, the compressor stops running. As you use the stored air to power the machine, the compressor will start rebuilding the air pressure back up.

The two-stage compressor contains two pistons that work simultaneously. They are ideal for heavy-duty usage and continuous use to power multiple tools.

High Pressure Air Compressor Classification

Consumer grade- They are also known as pancake or single-model air compressors. They are ideal for household tasks such as inflating tires.

The professional grade air compressors have a higher pressurized power and offer more power. Some models have rotary screws or reciprocating models that have more power enabling multiple tools to run.

The industrial grade air compressor is designed to offer a continuous and steady flow of compressed air for more extended periods. They are typically used in major manufacturing plants.

Air compressors have numerous leisure and maintenance uses at home or in workshops. Different tasks call out for various compressors. The difference in the designs and functions lies in the size and power supply of the compressors.

The reciprocating air compressor works best in an industrial setting. It has a large horizontal or vertical tank with a portable design that is easy to wheel around. There is a stationary model that stays in one place too.


How do you make your high pressure compressor more efficient? 70 percent of manufacturers use the compressed air system as a form of energy in their industries. Using compressed power is an expensive affair as it uses a lot of energy compared to other tools.

Did you know that one horsepower of compressed air needs about eight horsepower of electricity? However, most industries have compressed air systems that have low –cost energy conversation.

Some of the factors that influence the efficiency of the air compressor:

  1. • The model/type
    • Size
    • Motor power rating
    • Uses and maintenance schedule
    • System design control mechanism

1. Air Quality Intake And How To Improve It

There are three aspects of the compression system that will influence its performance.

 Temperature intake affects the air density. Cool air needs less energy to compress

The air composition affects the system. Clean air intake moves smoothly through the system and dirty, contaminated air reduce storage capacity, and causes wear and tear.

Humidity or moisture causes havoc to the high pressure compression system. When moisture accumulates, it causes the components to rust. It also causes wear and tear, leaks, and reduced storage space.

2. The Air Compressor Controls

It is required that the air pressure control systems should be compatible with the needs of the system. Most of the systems have single or multiple compression. The controls are essential for an efficient and high performing system.

The compressed are designed to operate at a certain pressure range and deliver the required air volume of air based on the end-user demands. The control system will decrease the output when a certain limit is achieved. When the pressure drops, the compressor decreases its output.

How can compressors increase efficiency?

  1. • Start and stop controls depending on the pressure
    Load and unload functions unload the compressor which discharges the pressure
    • Multiple compressor systems have system masters controls that coordinate all the necessary functions

A well- designed system should have the following for it to deliver compressed air at the lowest and stable pressure while supporting fluctuations of the stored higher compressed air.

  1. • Demand control
    • Compressor controls
    • Control strategy
    • Good signal 

3. Improving the system design

You can enhance your system design by:

a.  Straightening the path

Narrow delivery path and sharp bends cause friction and pressure drop in the system which affects the system’s efficiency.

•Save energy

Prevent a drop in pressure below the minimum requirements when demand is high. A reduction in pressure increases the system pressure which results in wastage of air pressure

The air intake should be cool

Cool air compresses better and requires less energy. Operate your machine in shaded areas and at lower temperatures.

4.The Compressed Air Needs

• What is the load profile?

The compressed air system should consider the load profile. Wide variations in air demand will not work efficiently if there is an under load.

• Minimizing the artificial demand

Artificial demand is when excess volume air is created for unregulated use. The system uses a higher pressure than needed for running applications. Using pressure regulators helps minimize the artificial demand.

• Know the correct pressure to use

It is crucial that you know the required pressure levels to avoid system losses from the dryers, separators, and fillers. Raising he discharge pressure levels increases the demand for unregulated usage. Increasing pressure generates increased efficiency of the system.

• Supply and demand

Ensure that air compressors are not too large. Always consider the end user by quantifying the air volume needed by each end user. We advise you conduct a thorough assessment of the system and pay attention the distribution system and reduce any inappropriate use of air.


High-pressure air compressors come in handy at home and manufacturing industries. It is essential to understand the air compressor works and the different models available. Also, always ensure you use the right air compressor for the right job.

We have shared tips that promote the efficiency of the air compressors. We advise that our clients conduct a thorough inspection of the system, paying close attention to the distribution system. Simple mistakes such as poor air quality and ignoring the needs of the compressed air influence how the system works.
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