Compressed air systems

Looking for an energy-efficient compressed air system?

Small- and medium-size manufacturing facilities across Canada use compressed air systems every day to deliver clean, dry, stable air at specific pressures to power tools and machines.

If your business runs a compressed air system, your goal should always be to deliver the right amount of compressed air at the right pressure and at the lowest cost. Improper use of or failure to maintain such systems can add up to big energy costs over the long run.

Compressed air systems and energy efficiency

Compressed air systems are expensive to operate. It generally takes 7-8 horsepower of electrical energy to produce one horsepower of effect at the point of use. Energy efficiency throughout the system is therefore vital.

Take a careful look at your business’s systems and the ways they use compressed air to find energy-saving opportunities.

Start by considering how and why your business uses a compressed air system. Look for wasteful practices and unsafe operations as well as ways to save on operating costs.

Next, audit your air-distribution hardware. Even small leaks and pressure losses across piping, tubing, valves, hoses, filters, quick connectors and other transmission devices can create big losses and are easy targets for repair.

Finally, review your business’s production and cleanup practices and tools. Improperly sized compressors, compressor control systems and air dryers are hugely energy inefficient.

For a comprehensive guide, download NRCan’s Compressed Air: Energy Efficiency Reference Guide [PDF - 4.6 MB].