An air compressor is a handy piece of kit to have. Compressors have a myriad of uses for home improvement, in a workshop, for camping and for motoring needs. However, the air compressor that is right for you will depend on your individual interior design needs. Here are a few things to consider before splashing out on one:
Where will you be using it?
If you will be taking it from room to room while working on a project or need to take it to a construction site then you will need a portable air compressor. As the name suggests, they are small, portable and equipped with a power source that can be used on the go. They are also much easier to store. This is worth taking into consideration if space is an issue for you. However, if your compressor will only be used in one place then a stationary compressor might be a better choice. Stationary models are bigger, heavier and more powerful than portable compressors and they also have greater outputs.
What will you be using it for?
How you will be usingyour air compressor is an important consideration to make when choosing one. Small air compressors are suitable for inflating tyres and air beds but aren’t really powerful enough to power tools like nails guns and air powered spray paint guns. Many interior design and DIY enthusiasts choose to buy air compressors to improve the efficiency and speed of their jobs. If you will be using your air compressor to paint large areas then you will need a model with a big tank but if it is for a small job like nailing a board into place then a smaller one will suffice.
While you might want a high end model complete with all the bells and whistles, it is important to consider your budget. Decide on your maximum budget and stick to it. Many models are great value and come complete with a paint spray gun, nozzle adaptors, air blow guns and more. Others have just a few accessories. Work out how much it will be for any extras your need and calculate the total cost before you buy one as it could work out more affordable to buy a compressor that comes complete with a kit. PSI, CFM and SFCM are terms that indicate power and performance levels. PSI is the pounds created by the machine, CFM indicates how much air it produces and SFCM tells you how it performs in all conditions. Smaller tools need a SFCM of 0-5 while bigger tools need it to be at least 10 or more.
Reviews and online opinions
It can be difficult to gauge the quality and suitability of a compressor without trying it out. But online reviews can give you a better idea of what you are buying and any potential issues. It is also worth searching for an online guide to best portable air compressor and any info on larger models too. Doing some research ahead of your purchase will help you make an informed and calculated decision.