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Where Should You Place Your Air Compressor?

Deciding where you should place your air compressor is an extremely important decision because it determines your plant’s level of performance. Not only does the location of your air compressor affect the effectiveness of the air compressor but also the efficiency of your facility and even employee productivity.

Here are some important factors to consider to help you decide where to place your air compressor.

Important Considerations

When you’re choosing where to place your air compressor your first concern should be the risk of contaminants.

According to OSHA 1910.134(i)(5) “the employer shall ensure that compressors used to supply breathing air to respirators are constructed and situated so as to prevent entry of contaminated air into the air-supply system.”

However, contaminants should not be the only factor that influences where you place your air compressor. Think about the following factors.


Your air compressor needs to be in an easily accessible place in case of emergency and for servicing, maintenance and repairs.

Power Supply

The more distance between your power supply and your system, the more money you will spend on wiring. Make sure that there is a power source available nearby before you decide where to place your air compressor.


You should consider that some air compressors make a lot of noise. Loud air compressors can hinder the performance and comfort of your employees which leads to decreasing productivity which, as we all know, leads to decreased profitability.

Think about getting a quiet rotary screw air compressor, locating the air compressor away from the general work areas or implement sound-absorbing walls.

Dedicated Room Or Building

In large industrial settings air compressors are often placed in a separate room or even building instead of where the actual supplied air respirators are being used. This is usually far away from chemical storage areas, where combustion equipment is used & where the risk of contaminants entering the air intake is high. Depending on the size of your facility this may be a good option for you.

Location, Location, Location!

As you can see it is vital to put a lot of thought into where you should place your air compressor. Incorrect placement of your air compressor can decrease the efficiency of your facility as a whole. Need some advice and assistance with installation? We do it all. Simply contact us and book a site visit: 925.667.3400/

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