Why Air Compressor Sizing is Crucial
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Why Air Compressor Sizing is Crucial
Why Air Compressor Sizing is Crucial
December 03, 2019

When selecting a new industrial air compressor for your facility, you may find that one of the more unexpectedly difficult tasks is sizing the air compressor properly. This is why expert consultation is absolutely necessary. At Air Energy Group, LLC, we make sure we are with you throughout the selection process to ensure that you choose the right industrial air compressor for your needs.

Many facilities that sized their air compressors wrongly have to deal with maintenance issues and inflated costs down the line. It is easy to size an industrial air compressor wrongly – not estimating your production output accurately will cause you to wrongly size an air compressor.


If your industrial air compressor is running 24/7 and is not a rotary compressor, chances are you sized it too small. This is because an undersized air compressor is not rated for high-capacity air compression and more heavy-duty operations. As such, they have to kept on constantly in order to be able to produce the output needed. For piston compressors, which are not designed to run 24/7, this means dramatically increasing the potential for overheating, damage of parts, and a higher utility bill.

On the other hand, rotary compressors are designed to run 24/7 and so looking out for pressure drops is a good way to determine if a compressor is undersized. As soon as you notice that you are having trouble meeting production demands, you should call a maintenance team to come look at your industrial air compressor systems so they can determine if there is a sizing issue.


Air compressors have duty cycles in order to save energy and preserve the mechanical health of the machine. If your air compressor stops and starts very frequently, with short intervals in between, that is a sign that it is oversized. It has too much power for the jobs that you are having it perform. When an air compressor’s duty cycles are interrupted like this, it could cause your energy bill to skyrocket.

Furthermore, an oversized compressor is also at risk of motor burnout and other mechanical problems due to the constant stop-starting.

Sizing your industrial air compressor accurately is crucial in ensuring that your operations run smoothly and that you make the most of your investment. If you feel like you are experiencing issues with a wrongly-sized compressor, call Air Energy and we will conduct an audit to help you determine once and for all what your problems and solutions are.

Thanks for your industrial air compressor tips!
Posted by: Jonah | December 10, 2019, 12:43 pm
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