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Make a Resolution to Recommit to Your Compressed Air System

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We’ve all heard the phrase “New Year, New You.” While ubiquitous and a bit cliché, it sums up many people’s attitudes toward the start of a new annual cycle. Whether you’re committing to get in shape or develop a positive habit, most of us are taking on new challenges that will ultimately better our lives. So why not do the same with your compressed air system? Check out a few tips to help you get started:

  1. Stay safe

Nobody wants an accident. Make sure you are wearing the proper gear when inspecting your system — helmets and safety glasses are always a good idea. If your compressed air system is undergoing tests or maintenance, be sure to let employees know beforehand so they can avoid the area. Compressed air can be hot, so make sure pipes transporting air are not at risk of coming in contact with people or temperature-sensitive components. By adhering to safety standards with compressed air system and other facility components, you and your colleagues are setting the foundation for a year of success.

  1. Evaluate your compressed air usage

The beginning of a new year is a great time to take a look at your compressed air usage. Did you use the same amount as the year before? If not, find out why. Maybe your demand increased, or your system has incurred more leaks in compressed air piping. Taking the time to look at how much air your system needs can help you identify any deficiencies and outline a compressed air budget for the coming year. If you aren’t sure how to start, consider undergoing a compressed air audit. This can help you see any inefficiencies in the system that, when repaired, can lead to big savings.

  1. Maintain a proper maintenance schedule

We often talk about the benefits of a predictive maintenance schedule. Monitoring when compressor components need to be changed or repaired can help facilities avoid any unscheduled (and sometimes costly) downtime. Start by checking your records from last year. If you’ve been keeping up with your maintenance, you should already have a clear picture of any upcoming repairs. If you haven’t been, well, maintaining your maintenance records, this is the time to start.

A new year means another chance to recommit to safe and efficient compressed air habits. What will you do this year to improve your system? Let us know in the comments below!