BUSTED: Air Compressor Facts vs. Fiction

If you have a compressor room, you probably know a good deal of knowledge about them and how they function. A lot of misinformation, however, still manages to circulate. Here are some air compressor related myths that you should be aware of.

The base stock of all synthetic fluids are the same.

This is not true and could affect your choice when selecting a synthetic compressor fluid. Base stocks of synthetics could be PAG, Diester or PAO and each has its own “personality”.

Compressed air is inherently dirty.

This is not necessarily true. While compressed air in older, poorly maintained systems can contain contaminants, systems that are properly maintained will produce exceptionally clean compressed air. While contamination in compressed air can certainly come from the compressor, other sources include the air around the compressor, where the compressed air is stored and the pipes and lines the air passes through.

Compressed air is an expensive source of power.

Not any more so than any other source of power. Again, the key to efficiency with compressed air is proper maintenance. You also want to make sure your equipment is properly sized and installed.

Installing compressors in a HVAC equipment room makes sense.

It may SEEM to be a logical choice, compressors should be installed in a separate compressor room where the temperature can be better controlled. Compressors are affected by heat and cold and should also have their own source of air.

Gravity oil water separators are the industry standard.

Gravity-based oil water separators have long been used to separate oil and water but they are far from the standard. Gravity-based oil water separators have a lot of inherent problems including potential mold and high maintenance. They can also be messy and cumbersome to use.

Today, more and more compressor rooms are making the switch to Clean Resources CRP oil water separators. In fact, they are now being used in over 10,000 compressor rooms to keep company’s EPA compliant o the highest standards.

Rather than using gravity to separate oil and water prior to disposal, our CRP and CRP – IDC Paks employ an innovative strategy that exceeds previously used tactics. These CRP units use no pumps, sensors, or pre-separation filter pads. Instead, they use a specially formulated media bed that attracts contaminates while they repel water. As the compressor wastewater passes through the media bed, lubricants are bonded to it. This bonding is so complete it eliminates the possibility of ground water contamination when the spent bed is disposed of. It is so completely absorbed, the spent media bed can then be disposed of with your regular waste disposal. The separated water is now so clean, it can be sent down a normal drain.

We invite you to learn more about our Clean Resources CRP Paks. We are destroying old myths regarding compressor condensate management and oil and water separation.


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