Air Pressure Regulators


Air pressure regulators are found on oxygen tanks, air compressors, and helium tanks. They can control pressure on small residential compressors or major systems employed by large industries. These regulators control the amount of pressure released to keep it from being too weak so other functions can’t happen, or too strong so that piping and other things are damaged. It looks like a small part but it plays a big role so that various tanks and compressors work properly.

Air pressure regulators can actually help increase productivity and efficiency. Because they accurately and steadily maintain the air pressure, they prevent problems due to either lack of air pressure or too much air pressure going through the system. This is especially true of companies and industries that rely on compressors to run equipment. However, it is just as applicable to individuals or smaller companies using compressors for residential or professional reasons. Properly adjusting the air pressure of compressors especially can make a difference in how well your equipment runs on a day to day basis, and for how long it lasts.

Larger industries especially can increase their productivity with the help of air pressure regulators. Combining these regulators with the right kind of filter (for example, one with a non-bypass seal) and air dryer to eliminate contaminates and water vapor from the system (preventing harmful condensation) can drastically increase the effectiveness of your system. It can even help to reduce the amount of energy needed to produce the end result. Companies can take things a step farther and employ plastic regulators, which won’t corrode, making them not only cost-effective now and in the future but eco-friendly as well. So again, a regulator seems like a small part but it can play a major role in your company’s efficiency level.

Obviously the point of a pressure regulator is to be able to adjust the pressure. Increasing or reducing the amount of air pressure on your air compressor isn’t difficult. You’ll need to know how much air pressure is required for the equipment you want to run, whether heavy machinery or home air tools. Most air pressure regulators can be adjusted by connecting the equipment to the compressor and then turning the knob clockwise to increase the pressure or counterclockwise to turn the pressure down. Keep in mind that adjusting the level too drastically can cause huge swings in air pressure that might damage your equipment. So change the pressure in small increments (some recommend turning it a ¼ inch at a time) and according to the levels suggested by the manufacturer.

If you use air compressors or other equipment that use air pressure regulators, it’s beneficial to learn how that small device can make a big difference for you or your company. Making small adjustments in air pressure may help your equipment to run at its best. And combining a regulator with the right type of filters and air dryers can work together to improve the efficiency, productivity, and even profitability of your company. Even if you’re just an individual using air tools at home, understanding your pressure regulator can improve even simple tasks.