Using Energy Saving Refrigerated and Desiccant Air Dryers

The Theory of a Desiccant Air Dryer thumbnail There are two main types of dryers utilized when it comes to removing contaminants from your industrial air compressor system: refrigerated dryers and desiccant dryers. Both types of dryers have their own unique purpose and equally effective when it comes to removing pollutants such as moisture and condensates from the air.

  • Refrigerated dryers work by cooling the air and draining contaminants into an external unit such as a large tank.
  • Refrigerated dryers come in both cycling and non-cycling versions
  • Desiccant dryers have been around for much longer than refrigerated dryers
  • Desiccant dryers do not cool the air, but rather makes use of desiccants; or moisture removing packs that absorb water vapor and contaminants
  • Desiccant dryers save more energy than refrigerated dryers since they do not use additional power as opposed to their refrigerated counterparts
  • Refrigerated dryers, on the other hand, uses heat exchangers to cool the air and can also keep energy costs low
  • Newer models of refrigerated dryers also tend to be less maintenance, keeping the costs of repair and maintenance low

An alternative energy saving solution is to use a combination of both dryers. The desiccant dryer can serve to remove moisture from the system while a low-power refrigerated dryer can ‘finish the job’ down the line. This system can help save maintenance costs while keeping energy levels low, saving you and your business’ finances a great deal.

Any way you choose, it is vital to remove condensates in the process of maintaining industrial air compressors. Do your research on both types of dryers and find out which one best works for you and your business. 

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