Looking to build some stuff at home but don’t want waste a lot of muscle and time on it? Then an air compressor is exactly what you need to get the job done. However, how to buy the right one for you is not exactly an easy task. Here are some guides to help you pick the best air compressor:
Size of your air compressor
First of all, space. How big is your house? Are you living in an apartment or just a tiny house with little room for storage? This will help you choose the air compressor with the right size. For people with lots of space to spare, go for anything that suits your personal tastes. For small houses, however, choose something small in size but without compromising too much power. Just remember different air compressors have different uses. Don’t expect the small ones to do the heavy workload otherwise you will have to buy a replacement really soon.
Next is tank size. Depend on what you intend to use the machinecontinuous and long periods of usage, go for a larger one.
Which Power Source
In addition to that, power source or what does the machine run on. There are two types of fuel for an air compressor, either electricity or gasoline. For most projects at home, I would suggest an electric one since it does not discharge any toxic fumes, causing no harm whatsoever to any of your family member and there is a reliable source of energy right at home, no need to go to the gas station for fuel unless there is a power outage, which is highly unlikely.
What’s more? Oil-lubricated or oil-free? Oil-lubricated air compressors require oil to run in order to prevent wear. Whereas oil-free ones are, well, free of oil. For household projects, buy an oil-free one as it is lighter and small, perfect for those who prefer ease of operation and mobility.
Lastly, air requirement and tools. The bigger the projects you work on and the tools you use, the bigger the air compressor you will need. For solely inflating your bicycle, mattresses or car, a small unit is probably enough. But for projects requiring a variety of air tools, an air compressor with enough capacity will be needed in order to power effectively the air tools you are going to use.
To save you the hassle, we provide you with the list of “jargons” for compressor:
PSI: Pounds per square inch. The amount of air pressure delivered by the compressor.
HP: Horsepower. Measurement of power of any piece of machinery.
CFM: Cubic Feet per Minute. The amount of air a compressor delivers. Note that the CFM a compressor delivers changes, depending on the PSI.
SCFM: Standard Cubic Feet per Minute. This is just the CFM but under a “standard” condition, which is something you are not going to see much
There you go. I hope these tips are helpful in helping you choose the right one.