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With so many different varieties of air compressors around, it can be overwhelming to choose one for your application.

At Air Power East, we have come up with a few things you should consider and think about before purchasing a compressed air system for your home or office:

  1. ANALYSE your application requirements

One of the first things you should consider is what you are going to use it for and what you require from it. If you are only going to use it a few times a week, an air compressor with a 50/50 duty cycle will be more suitable, but if you need to use it daily for long periods of time, a higher duty cycle would be better. Always consider the tools and accessories that you are going to use with your air compressor too, and their pressure and volume requirements.

  1. Consider SPACE AND PORTABILITY

How much space do you have to store your air compressor? It is understandable that homes and offices are quite limited when it comes to space so portable air compressors would be a good option. They are compact and have smaller storage tanks which means they can be easily moved to different work spaces if needs be. If you do not require portability, there are a range of smaller air compressors available where you could invest in a longer hose instead so air compressor capacity doesn’t have to be compromised.

  1. Consider your POWER SOURCE

Electric compressors are the most common models and are appropriate for working indoors, so therefore ideal for home and office use – you just need to make sure you choose the correct voltage that is suitable for your outlet. If you have access to electricity at all times, these would be perfect for your application but if you do not, there are mobile air compressors that run off gas or diesel engines which are another option.

  1. Look at the SPECIFICATIONS

Check the horsepower (HP) when you choose an air compressor to determine the power output of the engine; they usually range between 1.5 and 6.5 HP and for home and office use, you won’t require one larger than this.

You should also consider the Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM) which measures volumetric flow; these measurements will differ according to Pounds per Square Inch (PSI) because CFM describes the volume of air that is delivered at specific PSI levels. The tools that you require for your application play a big part in this consideration as their PSI will determine the CFM you need. Generally, a higher CFM is better suited for heavier applications and an air compressor CFM chart shows that as the PSI gets lower, CFM will increase.

  1. Consider AIR COMPRESSOR FEATURES

Different compressed air systems come with a variety of features which you should take into consideration. For example:

Thermal Protection – This will stop the motor ensuring that it doesn’t overheat and overload

Oil-Free – Oil-free pumps means there will be no oil mixed into the compressed air therefore reducing maintenance and issues

Adjustable Exhaust – This gives you the option to direct the exhaust away from your workspace.

As well as this, there will be air compressors that come with some accessories and tools included, so always look out for the ones that may help improve your operation.

The general rule of thumb is that single-stage, piston-type compressed air systems are most appropriate for home or office use. If you are still thinking about how to choose an air compressor and are overwhelmed about the different options available, talk to one of our experts today to help and advise you.