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7 Factors To Consider When Buying An Air Compressor For Domestic Use

An air compressor is a great asset to have around the house. It’s a handy tool that can save you a lot of time when undertaking chores such as filling up the tyres on your bikes or car; washing your outdoor paved areas, cars, boat, TV, carpet, roof, etc; painting; blasting; operating pneumatic tools such as nail guns; and many more. If you are just now looking for an air compressor for your domestic chores, this article will educate you on the different considerations you need to bear in mind during the process.

Tank volume

The tank of an air compressor determines how much compressed air it can hold at a time. Tanks are usually classified depending on the litres of air they can hold. For domestic needs, very large tanks are not necessary. Your ideal size will depend on your needs. How much air do you need at a go without having to keep refilling the tank? Note that the larger the tank is, the harder it may be to move around.

Power source

Power is a crucial factor too. Most air compressors either use electricity or diesel/petrol options. For domestic uses, electricity is better as it is quieter and cleaner. Besides, you can always get a power point nearby to hook your compressor onto at any time. However, if you plan to use your unit far away from the house, go for a petrol or diesel powered unit.

Flow rate

The flow rate on an air compressor determines how much air it can dispense. This is rated as CFM, to stand for cubic feet per minute. For large jobs such as cleaning a roof, painting a house or filling tractor tyres, a higher flow rate is ideal to help you complete your tasks faster. The opposite applies for smaller tasks such as using your nail gun.

Oil or non-oil?

Some air compressors use oil while others do not. They all function great. However, oil-based units need more maintenance as the oil has to be changed often; filters too. For domestic needs, go for non-oiled units. These are more compact and need less servicing. Non-oiled units can also be used in harsher environments because you don’t have to worry about the oil thinning out or freezing.

Horse power

Horse power determines just how powerful your unit is. For domestic units, you do not need that much power as you will most likely be carrying out individual tasks. As such, units with less than 5HP will suffice for most needs. Smaller units can do with much less horse power, even as low as 0.5 HP.

Noise disturbance

For domestic air compressors, you want a unit that is as silent as possible, especially if you will be using it indoors in a shed or garage. This means going for a unit with a low decibel rating.

Last but not least, think about portability. If you plan to use your air compressor only in one location, a non-portable unit will do just fine. However, if you plan on using your unit around the home, then a portable unit (one with wheels) will be more fitting.

Talk to your air compressor supplier and explain to them what your needs are. They will help you identify a unit that fits your applications best