Basically an air compressor draws in and stores air. It then delivers it back at a higher pressure. Compressors do more than blowing up balloons or filling up bike tires. They can also power many tools used in the workforce. Such tools and uses include spray guns and nail guns, blow guns, impact wrenches, air hammers, and sandblasting. They take their stored air and transform it into a usable form of energy.
Usually after purchasing an air compressor for the first time people find they wondering why on earth they never owned one before, there are endless ways that an air compressor can be used to make everyday tasks less time consuming and easier.
There are quite a few different types of air compressors out on the market. Before purchasing one check its reviews online.
The Types of Compressors
Before you purchase an air compressor you should know the needs of your project or line of work. There are two main compressor types.
- Piston-Type Compressors – two types
- Compact Air Compressors
This is the heaviest type of compressor. It is also the largest. Meaning that generally they are left at a fixed location not moved often. These compressors have compresses the air, and then hold it within the compressors tank until it is ready for use. Once the air in the tank has reached a set level the compressor stops pulling air in, with these units you can set different levels of compressed air according to what you project needs are. The two types of piston compressors are Two-Stage and Single-Stage.
This type has only one piston. Generally this is a “home use” compressor that generates 150 lbs of pressure per square inch. This compressor type is perfect to use for jobs around the house. Some examples are listed below.
- Cleaning Keyboards
- Cleaning the car
- Cleaning children’s toys
- Cleaning the driveway
- Filling up bike tires
- Filling up car tires
- Inflating any kind of toy that requires air.
- Drying off the car
This type of compressor contains two pistons. These are generally used like a single stage compressor. But can be used for more, and are also heavier than the single-stage.
This is the smallest and lightest category of compressors. These compressors do not store air like a piston type. Instead they constantly draw in air, compress it, then shoot it back out. This unit is extremely noisy but very useful. You can do all of the listed things that a single-stage piston compressor can do with a compact air compressor.
If you do any crafts, building, or various carpentry works, there is nothing like a nail gun ran off of an air compressor to speed things along. It does not really matter what your chosen field of work is, an air compressor is just a handy machine to have around the house! It makes auto cleaning a breeze, and you never have to worry about how you’re going to fill up a flat tire out of nowhere. All the tools and parts of an air compressor are extremely durable, so buying an air compressor is a worthy long term investment. Before purchasing you need to find out exactly what kind of air compressor fits yours or your family’s needs and go from there.