What is a fixed speed compressor?

A fixed-speed compressor is a type of air compressor that operates at a constant motor speed, typically set by the manufacturer. The motor runs at the same speed regardless of the air demand, producing a consistent output of compressed air. These compressors often utilize load/unload or on/off cycling to regulate the air output. While they are generally simpler and less expensive than variable speed compressors, fixed-speed compressors can be less energy-efficient in applications with fluctuating air demand. They may consume more energy than necessary during periods of low demand, resulting in potential energy waste and higher operating costs.