December 21, 2022

Compressed air system accessories that improve performance

Accessories can enhance your compressed air system’s function and efficiency more than you might think. As worthwhile investments in your business, certain air compressor accessories can have a major, positive impact on your system, potentially even reducing the need for repairs and replacements.

Read on for our top compressed air system accessory recommendations. 

Air dryers and aftercoolers

You may consider air dryers and aftercoolers compressed air system equipment, but it’s still an add-on to your system. Pent-up moisture in your air compressor system can gradually cause problems, including contamination of the end product, corrosion, and rusting. Air dryers and aftercoolers can effectively remove moisture from your system. 

Air dryers come in two main types: desiccant dryers and refrigerated dryers. These accessories work by de-vaporizing the air in the compressor using activated alumina, molecular sieves, or silica gel. 

Aftercoolers eliminate water from the air by managing the system’s temperature. Specifically, they remove heat from the compressed air so that it can be moved into a dryer. 


With an air compressor that works at a pressure that exceeds your needs, your system won’t operate as efficiently as it could. A regulator can amend this issue by adjusting the system’s air pressure levels so that it corresponds with your tool. This accessory is an essential pick that will lead to energy savings in the long run.


It may seem simple, but a high-quality filter can largely contribute to your air compressor’s longevity. Filters extract contaminants from the compressed air to prevent component damage and related issues. With a filter, you can improve the purity of your system’s air output while reducing maintenance needs. 

Not all air compressor filters are the same. Make sure to evaluate all the available options to find the best product for your system’s unique needs. 

The right technicians

Getting the right service technicians, scheduled with regular preventive maintenance, may not seem like an accessory, but it’s one of the most important pieces to keep your compressed air system going! You’ll want service techs who have experience with your brand of compressor.

Service techs can even provide ideas about how to increase the performance of your existing air compressors, working with people to get them installed. They can also recommend accessories (such as the items above) to keep your compressed air system up and running.

Tami Matthews
Author: Tami Matthews
Tami Matthews is the Director of Marketing at Elevated Industrial Solutions. She’s spent 20+ years in marketing, focusing on writing, public relations, digital marketing, and content marketing. Before coming to Elevated in December 2020, she worked for a number of high-tech companies. Writing is one of her favorite pastimes. In her spare time, she volunteers for a number of causes including the Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy working on the PTO. She also hikes with her husband and begrudging daughter.
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