A portable air compressor is a must-have for any home and a requirement in certain shop environments such as an auto repair center. However, not all portable air compressors are the same and you must weigh the features of each type so that you can make the choice in choosing the best one. Here are some considerations for you to make.
Light-duty Versus Heavy-duty Air Compressors
Before making your choice of the best portable air compressor, you must ask yourself how you are going to use it.
Light-duty portable air compressors are perfect for filling air mattresses, the kids’ swimming pools, bicycle tires, and even a flat automobile tire.
On the other hand, heavy-duty air compressors are used for sprayers, pneumatic tools, leaf blowing and other jobs where you will need higher level of durability.
What Type of Motor Do You Need?
Once you have identified how you will use a portable air compressor, the next decision is the type of motor. Basically, you are looking at electric-powered or diesel/gasoline-powered motors. If you are going to be using the portable air compressor in an indoor environment then an electric motor is your best choice. This is for a couple for reasons. First, power outlets are easy to find inside and the second reason is because there is no danger of exhaust fumes.
In contrast, if you are working outdoors where outlets are not readily available then the best choice is a portable air compressor with a gasoline or diesel-powered motor. This choice also depends on the availability of fuel in your area. Of course, to keep your expenses under control you’ll want to determine if low-cost fuel is available.
Determining the Workload
The easiest way to determine the portable air compressor workload is to decide if your typical jobs are heavy or light. As a rule of thumb, most jobs inside your home are light. Jobs that require coverage of a large area outside your home or in a shop environment are heavy.
Don’t make the mistake of getting a light-duty portable air compressor for a heavy-duty job because you will just wear out the components and possibly put yourself at the risk of injury.