Not all air compressors are created equal. Performance, quality, safety, and adherence to local laws all vary between manufacturers and even individual air compressor models. Rotary screw air compressors do an excellent job of performing under the Texas heat, while also following local bylaws and regulations. In this article, we’ll break down 6 reasons you should choose a rotary screw air compressor for your work in Texas.
Improved Performance & Function
1. Prevent air compressor failure
You don’t stop work when the temperatures hit the high 90’s and your air compressor shouldn’t either! Air compressors already generate a lot of heat, which is tackled by cooling systems, but when the summer sun combines with the air compression process, some air compressors get too hot to handle—or function!
Hot air compressors cause many problems, including:
- Lower air flow & efficiency
- Excessive water vapor
- More energy & fuel required
- Unsafe for workers
- Air compressor failure
Air compressors are comprised of many moving parts that cause heat to increase rapidly. Reciprocating air compressors can reach temperatures of up to 500°F on a regular basis. Compare that to a rotary screw air compressor, which uses an oil injection system to operate at half that temperature, and it’s clear which compressor has the advantage right out of the gate. If you need your air compressor to work 100% of the time, rotary screw is the way to go.
2. Minimize water vapor
As Texas temperatures and humidity rise, the amount of water in the compressed air increases as well. Increased water volume can lead to higher maintenance costs due to air compressor rust, breakdown, and component failure. The hotter the air, the more water you have in your system.
Because rotary screw compressors don’t run as hot as other compressor types, the amount of water created during air compression in minimized, reducing the water that can get into your air compressor, tools, and final application. This smaller volume of water is easier to remove, giving rotary screw air compressors a big advantage over reciprocating air compressors.
When handled properly, most people don’t see the extra water in recip compressors. That’s because reciprocating compressors always require an air receiver tank, which helps capture and drain most of the visible water from the compressor. But even if you don’t see it, that water is still there.
3. Work at 100% Duty Cycle
While this isn’t Texas specific, it is a big deal: rotary screw air compressors supply air on demand, which means you can get to work within seconds of turning it on. The convenience of instant air is why so many workers have become loyal to rotary screw air compressors, always choosing them over the reciprocating/piston-style air compressors.
4. Reduce weight & save space
Rotary screw air compressors are smaller than reciprocating compressors, resulting in trucks that are lighter and have more available space. For example, VMAC’s G30 gas driven air compressor weighs only 205 lbs, while similar-CFM reciprocating-style air compressors easily weigh 400 – 500 lbs and take up twice the amount of space (because they require a large air receiver tank.) They’re hogs!
Choosing a lightweight rotary screw air compressor means you’ll be able to add more tools and equipment to your truck, carry more materials, or take advantage of better fuel economy.
Adheres to Texas Regulations & Bylaws
5. Circumvent vehicle idling restrictions
Essentially all Texas cities have signed a memorandum that prohibits trucks lighter than 14,000 pounds from idling more than five minutes at a time. Operators working with light-duty trucks, such as the Ford F250 and F350, aren’t allowed to idle within most Texas cities—including Austin, Dallas, Houston, and Fort Worth.
Fortunately, clever system designs eliminate the issue. Above-deck air compressors like the G30 gas drive and D60 diesel drive allow operators to utilize a powerful rotary screw option that doesn’t require idling. Because these air compressors are mounted to the vehicle itself, they are always with you and ready to work—no idling needed!
For those who can’t go without an air compressor that uses the vehicle’s engine, there’s also the UNDERHOOD™ 70 Green Series air compressor, which uses intelligent digital controls to turn your truck off when you’re not using air and then back on when you are.
6. Avoid noise complaints
Busy urban areas are already littered with noise and some Texas bylaws forbid workers from making more of it. For example, Fort Worth doesn’t allow noise in a commercial area to exceed 80 decibels between the hours of 7 am to 10 pm. Residential areas are even more restricted, with a maximum 70 dBA during the day.
Mobile air compressors are loud. That’s just a fact. But rotary screws are known to be quieter than their reciprocating counterparts, because the two rotating screws don’t actually touch one another while they compress air. As a result, rotary screw air compressors are more likely to fall within noise bylaws.
But even when they don’t, the neighbors are much less likely to file a complaint when you’re in and out within minutes. Rotary screw air compressors are faster and more convenient than other compressor types, allowing you to quickly complete your jobs and minimize any disturbance.
The Right Air Compressor For Texas
To sum it all up, there are a lot of benefits to using a rotary screw air compressor in Texas, including:
- Better heat performance
- Working at 100% duty cycle
- Reducing discharge air temperatures
- Minimizing water vapor
- Circumventing idling restrictions
- Avoiding noise complaints
The right air compressor makes your job easier by ensuring you can get your work done quickly, efficiently, and safely. Rotary screw air compressors do all of these things, while holding up in the tough Texas environment.
If you’d like to read more about the advantages of rotary screw air compressors, check out some of our other blogs on this topic:
- Rotary screw vs. reciprocating air compressors – performance difference
- Reciprocating compressor or a rotary screw engine driven air compressor?