Refrigerated Dryer Buyer's Guide: 2 Types To Know - How to Pick the Perfect Refrigerated Air Compressor Dryer (2024)

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How to Pick the Perfect Refrigerated Air Compressor Dryer

By Joshua A.
Air Compressor Expert

Refrigerated Dryers use a cooling system similar to that of a home air conditioning unit.


The dryer cools the air to 50 degrees, condensing moisture in the air and collecting it in a separator to be drained.

To prevent condensation on the pipes, the air is then reheated before being discharged.

There are 2 types of refrigerated dryers: Cycling and Non-Cycling.

Why Use a Refrigerated Dryer?

If you need clean, dry air for air-tools, painting, manufacturing, or food processing, nothing beats a refrigerated dryer.

Moist air can do major damage to your tools in less time than you'd expect. It can also cause blemishes in paint finish and in manufacturing products. If used in food processing, warm moist air and other contaminants could foster a breeding ground for food-borne pathogens like bacterial growth and viruses.

A refrigerated dryer will also naturally scrub the air, so your filters will last longer and increase your system's efficiency, minimize downtime and increasing productivity. By insisting on the best quality air dryer and filters, you'll enhance your entire air compressor system from start to finish.

Cycling Refrigerated Dryer

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Cycling dryers are designed to cycle the refrigeration on and off as needed to conserve energy and prevent excessive refrigeration when not being frequently used.

Unless you're going to be consistently using your compressor at full capacity, this is the style you'll want. It'll prevent problems from occurring during periods of low compressor usage.

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Non-Cycling Refrigerated Dryer

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Non-cycling dryers' refrigeration stays on continuously while the compressor is running.

These are less expensive than cycling dryers, but should only be used for applications where the compressor will be constantly running at full capacity. Periods of low compressor usage can cause a non-cycling dryer to freeze up and experience other problems.

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Refrigerated Dryer Buyer's Guide: 2 Types To Know - How to Pick the Perfect Refrigerated Air Compressor Dryer (2024)

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Refrigerated Dryer Buyer's Guide: 2 Types To Know - How to Pick the Perfect Refrigerated Air Compressor Dryer? ›

To figure out the right-sized dryer, divide the total flow by the total correction factor: 200 cfm / 0.861= 232 cfm (at standard conditions). Now, you can look at the dryers' stated capacity on the dryer literature (excerpt shown below) and see which one will dry 232 cfm effectively.

How do I choose an air compressor dryer? ›

Ultimately there are six major things to calculate to accurately choose the correct dryer:
  1. Maximum air flow in standard cubic feet per minute (scfm)
  2. Desired pressure dew point.
  3. Inlet air pressure.
  4. Inlet air temperature.
  5. Ambient air temperature (and water temperature if condenser is water-cooled)
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What size air dryer do I need for my air compressor? ›

To figure out the right-sized dryer, divide the total flow by the total correction factor: 200 cfm / 0.861= 232 cfm (at standard conditions). Now, you can look at the dryers' stated capacity on the dryer literature (excerpt shown below) and see which one will dry 232 cfm effectively.

How do I choose the right size air compressor? ›

How To Determine Your Air Compressor Size. Instead of assessing an air compressor's capability by physical size, operators should look at how much air it delivers, measured in Cubic Feet Per Minute (CFM). As a guideline, most air compressors for powering tools fall in the 10 to 110 CFM range.

How do you size a refrigerated dryer? ›

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ACFM = 500 (rated SCFM) × 1.13 (the correction factor for 140 psig inlet pressure) × 0.82 (the correction factor for 110°F inlet air temperature) × 0.94 (the correction factor for 105°F ambient air temperature) ACFM = 500 × 1.13 × . 82 × . 94.

Is higher or lower CFM better for air compressor? ›

CFM is cubic feet per minute, which indicates the compressor's flow rate - or the amount of air that a compressor can produce at a given pressure level. Typically, compressors that have higher CFM ratings are able to provide more air, which makes them ideal for larger applications.

What size air compressor do I need for dryer vent cleaning? ›

Air whipping and air wash require a professional grade air compressor to dislodge dirt and debris and assist in moving it towards the vacuum collector. Air duct cleaning requires a high powered compressor with typically more than 18-20 cfm and 175 psi pressure.

What is a good airflow for a dryer? ›

A dryer exhaust system with good airflow should push 1,500 feet per minute (or 8 meters per second). If back pressure is within a normal range and airflow velocity is less than 1,500 feet per minute, then a leak or mechanical issue may be the culprit.

What are the different types of air dryers for compressors? ›

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  • Deliquescent air dryers. The second type of adsorption dryer systems is the deliquescent air dryer. ...
  • Membrane air dryers.

What is the most common air compressor fitting size? ›

WHAT IS THE MOST COMMON AIR HOSE FITTING? The most common air hose fittings are 1/4″ NPT with an industrial quick connect threaded on. In certain warehouses or industrial areas, where a higher CFM (cubic feet per minute) and PSI are required, 3/8″ male NPT with a quick disconnect will be more common.

Is a bigger compressor better? ›

Bigger can, in fact, be better for other components within a compressed air system. Specifically, if the storage receiver and system piping are oversized, energy efficiency will improve.

Which type of compressor is best? ›

Screw compressors are among the most reliable and efficient around, but not cost-effective for smaller applications. Rotary compressors are the preferred option when operating noise is a factor. They are quiet, have a modest footprint, and do not suffer from vibration as much as other compressors.

How do I know what size dryer I need? ›

Measure your space, making sure to add at least three inches on each side for heat clearance and pipes/wiring in the back. Most full-size dryers are less than 30 inches wide, somewhere between 25 to 35 inches deep, and anywhere from 35 to 45 inches tall.

What is the most common dryer size? ›

More often than not, a dryer width will be between 27-28” (68.5-71.1 cm), and the depth will fall somewhere between 30-35” (76.2-88.9 cm). Heights can vary slightly, but you can expect a dryer to be at least 39” tall (99 cm).

How many cubic feet should my dryer be? ›

Most standard dryers offer between 5.0 and 7.0 cubic feet of capacity. To help translate cubic footage into real-life laundry loads, consider that a 7.0 cu. ft. dryer can usually fit about 9-15 full-sized bath towels per load.

What is the most efficient type of air dryer? ›

Twin-tower, desiccant-type dryers are the most effective in the removal of moisture from the air and typically are rated at a pressure dew point of –40°F.

What is the best type of air dryer? ›

Refrigerated air dryers are the most common type of compressed air dryer. They are perfect for most manufacturing and service applications, provided you just need dry air without any perceptible moisture.

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