The centralisation of the equipment in a compressor room allows more efficient operations, facilitates communication between them, reduces costs and intervention times in assistance, unifies the management of the sound level and refrigeration…, all of which results in a longer useful life for all the equipment and generates energy/economic savings and maintenance costs.
Calculations for the correct sizing of the room ventilation system are made according to the equipment to be installed in the room and the distribution of the equipment. It is advisable to find a room separate from the main building, as compressors carry certain risks and disadvantages: noise, overheating, condensate drainage, contaminants, etc.
Especially if the compressed air network is extensive, the compressor room should be arranged in such a way as to facilitate the routing of the pipelines. The location and the air intake to the room should be as clean, fresh and dry as possible within the possibilities offered by the location. The air intake is usually located in the bodywork, but can also be located further away where the air is cleaner.
The equipment should be separated from the room walls and from each other, to facilitate access for handling, servicing and to improve cooling, as well as to allow for possible future installation of additional equipment.
It is important to have a height that allows access and operation of lifting equipment, such as trolleys, to handle heavier components if required. The compressor room should have sufficient space to expand the installation with additional equipment in the future.
In addition, in compliance with current environmental regulations, a collector should always be installed to collect all contaminants generated and channel them to a condensate separator.