12.09.2014 13:03

A look at propane compressor

A Look at Propane Compressors

Propane compressors are absolutely essential in providing us with a readily available source of this gas for a variety of our heating and cooking needs. Without these clever devices, the propane itself could not be stored or transported. So, let us take a quick look at how a standard compressor works and a handful of its major practical advantages.

Compressors Defined

As the name hints, a compressor uses the power of electricity and a pump to squeeze a gas into a lower volume. When the molecules of this gas contract, they can form a liquid (if placed under enough pressure). This liquid can then be stored in a pressurised tank for later use. This is generally how propane will be saved for future consumption. When propane is pressurised, its temperature will increase. Should it be suddenly released, the lower pressure will cause a cooling effect. This can be seen when discharging a large amount of propane over a short period of time.


A gas such as propane is highly flammable by its very nature. So, modern compressors employ a host of technologies to make certain that all processes remain very safe. These include protected electrical devices, a spark-free operation and connections which will prevent the unintentional leakage of the gas.

What are the Benefits of a Propane Compressor?

As hinted at earlier, the primary advantage that is offered by a propane compressor is its ability to transform a gas into a liquid. It can then be stored in a safe tank (such as one used with a barbecue or a large "bullet" tank on the side of a home). Also, there is usually an odourant (an aromatic compound) which is added to the propane. This will enable you to detect a potentially dangerous leak before it becomes an issue.

These are some of the basic principles behind the modern propane compressor. While many be unaware of their existence, the compressor is indeed the "unsung hero" in the world of heating and energy usage. Without their presence, many of the amenities which we enjoy would simply not exist.

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