Energy Savings Using Refrigerated and Desiccant Air Dryers

When you have a compressed air system it is important to ensure that there is not too much moisture in the machine. Too much moisture in your compressed air system could slow performance or even ruin the machine. For any maintenance concerns seek out a company like Air Center, Inc. Air Center is a full service compressor company and equipped to service any compressed air equipment.

What is a Refrigerated Air Dryer?
A refrigerated air dryer could be the most efficient solution to the problem of too much moisture. This type of dryer removes detrimental moisture from your compressed air system by cooling the moisture until it is compressed into droplets which are then drained away. Using this sort of system has several benefits that cut energy costs. Cycling and non-cycling refrigerated air dryers are available.

What is a Desiccant Air Dryer?
Desiccant air dryers are most common because they have been around longer than the newer energy saving dryers. These dryers use more energy by passing compressed air through a pressure vessel where the air is brought down in temperature so the water vapor does not condense.

Benefits of Using Both
A refrigerated air dryer works to reduce energy costs by using two heat exchanger; these exchangers use cold incoming air to cool the hot incoming air, which makes it possible to use a smaller compressor which reduces energy consumption. A refrigerated air dryer also takes part of the work load off of the desiccant dryer which saves on energy costs and gives the desiccant dryer an increased lifespan and greater reliability. Most compressed air systems do not come with a stand-alone refrigerated dryer.