Compressed air is a gas (or combination of gases) that has been put under greater pressure than the air found in a typical environment. At it’s most basic level, compressed air is potential energy – very much like a compressed spring. It takes energy to compress a spring, and when that pressure is released, the potential energy stored in the compressed spring (or in this case, the air) is also released. That energy can then be used to produce “work”. Compressed air is often referred to as a production facility’s “fourth utility”, after electricity, water and gas.
As compressed air is expanded, it can be used directly as a motive force. There are numerous and diverse applications for compressed air, such as tire pumps, air rifles, aerosol cans, and even jackhammers. However, one cubic foot of compressed air can contain millions of dirt particles, considerable amounts of water and oil, and even heavy metals like lead and mercury. Therefore, the right compressed air preparation is essential.
At Greenleaf Filtration, you’ll find one of the most comprehensive ranges compressed air filters available today. Our filters can help trap dirt particles and other impurities that can prevent your air compressor from operating at peak performance. Liquid releases from the filter cartridge to an automatic drain just as rapidly as it enters the filter. They can also remove moisture from your environment, which provides better compressor air flow and improves air pressure for machinery maintenance jobs.