Air and Dirt Separators: Keeping Your Heating and Cooling Systems Running Efficiently

During installation of your new heating or cooling system, there will likely be a build-up of air and dirt in the system. Once the system is in operation, the air and dirt separators will work to remove both air bubbles and dirt particles to make sure the system runs efficiently. Functional air and dirt separators in your building’s heating or cooling system afford many other benefits, including:

Longer Lifespans of Pumps and Pipework

As illustrated on, when the air and dirt separators are dysfunctional, the build-up of dirt will result in corrosion, over time. The rust will likely damage the system’s pipework and cause cavitation on pumps. Of course, the damaged parts will not only affect your system’s efficiency – this will also weigh heavily on your operational budget. It will cost you quite a bit to have the parts repaired or replaced. With an air and dirt separator, however, you will enjoy the benefits of durable pumps and pipework.

Reduced Noises in the System

Air is always present in heating or cooling systems—and the air and dirt separators’ job is to remove and keep the air from getting trapped in the system. When air is trapped, it can cause banging or hammering noises in the system — as if the radiator, heat exchanger, or pumps are working double time. So, make sure your air and dirt separators work properly all the time to prevent noises that may disturb the building occupants.

Energy Savings and Reduced Maintenance Costs

Proper air and dirt control prevents pipe corrosion that can cause unnecessary friction losses. This, in turn, helps heating, cooling, and hydronic systems save energy. With that, you don’t have to worry about hefty electric bills for your building. In addition, less or no corrosion within the system decreases maintenance costs. You can then spend your budget for other system parts needing updates or improvements.

With the air and dirt separators’ key role in keeping your system in check, it is crucial to ensure that these parts function efficiently, all the time. They should be one of the first things you should check once you noticed any system noises or drastic changes in your energy bills.