Energy Savings Using Refrigerated and Desiccant Air Dryers

If you are searching for a way to get harmful moisture out of your compressed air system, a refrigerated air dryer may be the most efficient solution to your problem. Too much moisture in your compressed air system can slow the performance of your machine and potentially destroy it, costing you time and money. A refrigerated air dryer removes detrimental moisture from your compressed air system by cooling the moisture until it is compressed into droplets that are then drained away. Using the refrigeration system has several benefits that cut energy costs. Cycling and non-cycling refrigerated air dryers are available depending on if you have a small air system requiring less horse power or a larger system requiring more horse power.

The desiccant air dryer is the most common air dryer because they have been around much longer than the newer energy saving ones. The desiccant dryer uses 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. The refrigerated air dryer functions to reduce your energy cost, by using two heat exchangers. The two exchangers use cold incoming air to cool the hot incoming air, making it possible to use a smaller compressor, essentially reducing the energy consumption. A refrigerated dryer also takes a lot of the work load off of the desiccant dryer, saving on energy costs and giving the desiccant dryer an increased lifespan and greater reliability. Most compressed air systems do not come with a stand-alone refrigerated dryer; they are most commonly used to coincide with a desiccant dryer.

Giving a desiccant air dryer a longer life span with the assistance of a refrigerated air dryer, may be ideal for your budget. If you are interested in cutting energy costs and managing a more energy efficient hybrid dryer that saves you money in the short and long term, you may want to appease your compressed air system by adding to it the latest and most innovative technology. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that about ten percent of all energy generated in the United States is used by air compressors. These statistics also indicate that about half of this energy is in fact wasted. Refrigerated air dryers work to reduce the harmful effects on the environment by diminishing wasted energy. Reliability coupled with saving money, while lessening the impact of industrial waste, contributes to overall satisfaction.