If you’re researching compressors to purchase for your organization, one term you’re likely to come across is ambient temperature. A multifaceted concept, ambient temperature plays an important role in the operation of your compressor. It can have a strong effect on the quality of the air your compressor generates, and it can affect the long-term operating health of your compressor system.

Let’s take a look at ambient temperature and the role it plays in your compressor’s everyday functionality.

Ambient Temperature: What Is It?

Ambient temperature is, simply put, the actual temperature of the air surrounding a given area at any given moment. If you’re outside, it’s the temperature of the air around you at the time of measurement, and if you’re inside, it’s the reading of the temperature that exists in the room.

Ambient temperature does not record humidity or wind speed, so it cannot tell you a given location’s “real feel” temperature. It is, however, an important baseline measurement for a given space’s climate, and it’s one you can use to make a wide range of determinations.

Ambient Temperature: Why It’s Important

Assessing the ambient temperature of a given space is important for a number of reasons. With regard to air compressors, calculating ambient temperature — otherwise known as inlet pressure and temperature — is crucial. Should inlet pressure/ambient air temperature increase, your compressor’s ability to operate efficiently will be negatively impacted.

Alternatively, should inlet pressure/ambient air temperature decrease, your compressor will not have as much freedom to produce air. Therefore, it’s important to get a feel for the ambient temperature of the area you’ll be locating your compressors in to develop a plan for how to maintain them to achieve maximum operational efficiency.

What Can I Do to Maximize Ambient Temperature to My Advantage?

One of the most important factors affecting ambient air temperatures is the areal height at which your compressors are located. At increased altitudes, your compressor will need a greater amount of air at the inlet than it would at lower altitudes. Keep this in mind while researching potential compressor purchases. If your facility is located in an area that’s especially hilly or mountainous, you’ll want to choose a unit that has a higher rating at the inlet.

You’ll also want to consider how well-ventilated your space is before purchasing a compressor. A particularly well-ventilated area can help reduce ambient temperature and have an effect on how much strain is placed on your compressor system. If your facility’s ventilation system hasn’t been evaluated in a while, perhaps now is a good time to assess how it can be upgraded.

Quincy Compressor: Durable Machines Suitable for Wide Varieties of Ambient Temperatures

Quincy Compressor has long maintained a reputation for manufacturing industry-leading air compressor products for a vast array of professional applications. Our Quincy QSI and QGV compressors are capable of working in ambient temperatures of up to 115 degrees Fahrenheit. To learn more about our reliable and efficient products, contact us today to speak with a representative.