Air compressor tubing does not come in one-size-fits-all. Piping comes in all forms and it can be difficult to know how to figure out what kind to pair with your compressor. Most will come with some sort of compressed air piping, but that doesn't always mean it is the right tubing for you.
When trying to figure out the right piping, you need to consider factors such as durability, price, longevity, flexibility, and more. We took the time to gather a little info on the most common types of air compressor tubing to make your job a little easier.
This tried and true material has been around for quite some time and is a common choice because it is easy to find and carries a low price tag. PVC may save you a few dollars, but there are downsides to it as well. This piping often kinks and while it is known for durability, longevity is not as good. The stiff material can be challenging to work with at times, and in cold weather, it can be almost impossible to work with. PVC piping is by far the most budget-friendly option, but that comes at the price of a different sort.
Newer in the world of compressed air piping, aluminum is sturdy and lightweight. Aluminum is able to prevent many leaks. Compressed air leaks can prove very expensive, as a hole that is only 1/8 inch in diameter can end up costing you $1,200 a year in energy. Having leak proof piping can save a lot of money in the long run. The non-corrosive material is known for its longevity and durability, but with this, you lose a lot of flexibility. If you are looking for the best of both worlds, it is possible to consider tubing that contains a combination of aluminum and other materials.
Known to lie flat and prevent kinks, rubber tubing falls mid-range in terms of pricing compared to other air compressor tubing. It will do a lot better in cold weather than PVC piping but is still not the best-suited for a temperature drop. Rubber hoses are a solid, reliable, choice with the only big drawback being the weight of the piping.
This is the go-to pipe for any weather condition. Perfect for any temperature the environment may throw at you, this lightweight material is easy to repair if a leak does occur. However, you will have to shovel out a few extra dollars to get this piping, and it is not quite as flexible as some alternatives.
Contact Rapid Air Products to learn more about the different types of air compressor tubing available today.