How Should You Choose an Industrial Compressor?

Air compressor system roomYour choice of industrial compressors would depend on many factors, including the air load volume and the size of the industrial facility. Large plants should consider using centrifugal compressors, which are the best choice for base loading and supplying constant high flows to industrial operations.

On the other hand, reciprocating compressors serve as a good option for sites with light air load requirements and only function for a limited time.

Business Requirements

If you decide to have centrifugal units at your site, be prepared to spend more on maintenance and rebuilding expenses. Lubricated or oil-free screw compressors may be a cheaper alternative, although it has a larger footprint per kilowatt-hour compared to a centrifugal compressor.

Screw compressors are a cross between a reciprocating compressor and a centrifugal unit. This is best for plants with mid-level requirements for constant load, with certain flow reduction breaks during the afternoon and evening.

Choose the oil-free compressor if you need to protect industrial processes from lubricant contamination.

HVAC Demand

Industrial compressors will be more in demand this year due to commercial construction requiring more heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC). According to Master Builders Australia’s (MBA) industry forecast, the total value of non-residential projects would cost $42 billion between 2017 and 2018.

The retail sector will be an important source of demand for HVAC systems. The report showed that retail construction would reach almost $7 billion during the forecast period.

Home construction projects will also drive the need for HVAC with housing starts expected to exceed 195,000 units, according to MBA national manager for economics Matthew Pollock.


The right choice of compressors depends on your business needs, but a specialist on industrial compressors may be able to pick the most suitable type for you. Consult a supplier that can give you unbiased advice.