Finding the right air compressor for your business can mean the difference between long-term efficiency and making costly replacements down the track. From dentists to automotive services and large industrial operations, air compression technology is everywhere. The trick is finding the technology that best suits your individual needs.

Read on to understand the basics of different types of air compressors.

Types of Air Compressors

In this article we won’t be going into full technical details or using jargon. We want you to understand the basics so that you can make an informed decision when it comes to choosing the right air compressor. Compressors will vary greatly from the local mechanic’s workshop to larger factories, so it’s important to know the differences.

Reciprocating Air Compressors

Reciprocating air compressors are probably the most common type, and uses pistons to suck air in and push it into your tank. It’s important to note that reciprocating compressors will usually be louder and run hotter than other types because the internal components are always touching. Having said that, as technology advances we are seeing ways to make reciprocating air compressors quieter and less likely to overheat.

Rotary Screw Air Compressors

If you need to use heavy duty pneumatic tools, or simply work with uninterrupted compressed air for long periods, rotary screw air compressors will be your best choice. Rather than using pistons, a rotary system uses rotating screws to essentially squeeze and compress air before delivering it to your pipes. Long term, users find rotary screw air compressors require less maintenance because there’s fewer moving parts.

Choosing the Right Air Compressor

One of the important considerations when choosing an air compressor is what you’ll be using it for. Air compressors have a maximum CFM (cubic feet per minute of air) they can produce. You’ll notice on any pneumatic tools you buy, they will have a CFM requirement. If your compressor can’t produce that amount of air, jobs will take longer at best, or be impossible at worst.

For larger workshops and compressed air installations, you need to consider whether you will have multiple tools using the compressed air at the same time. If so, your air compressor needs to be able to produce enough CFM to power everything.

You’ll also need to consider the future of your business. You may be running two simple tools today, but do you plan on expanding to four tools within the next year or two? To find out the best solutions for a growing business, it’s a great idea to seek some expert advice on all the technologies available to make your operations more efficient now and into the future.

Need Help Choosing the Right Air Compressor?

Airtools WA are the experts in air compressors and air compression technology. To find the perfect air compressor for your business needs, contact us today. We offer site assessments to determine exactly what you need to power your business efficiently, and we always give advice you can trust. As your local air compressor experts, Airtools WA can also provide installation advice, air compressor maintenance and services, so please get in touch today!