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Choosing An Air Compressor For Your Garage

A garage is a place in your home that can be used for many things. Some turn it into an extra bedroom. A lot of bands start out in garages. Some people use it as a place for their hobbies and activities. But of course, the main purpose of it is for storing vehicles.

If you are a person who uses it for vehicle storage or for hobbies like woodworking or any other similar projects, you probably have a lot of tools stored in your garage. They could be used for your projects or for your vehicle or for your household needs. Whatever they are for, the garage is also a good place to store them.

When you have a variety of work and projects on your hands, it will be wise for you to have the right tools to help get them done. One tool that is often found in a garage is an air compressor. An air compressor is a device that uses an electric motor or gas engine to take in air and pressurize it for later use. Air compressors can be used for a variety of household needs such as inflating the tires of your vehicle, ball, and pool floats, but they can also be used for more advanced projects like inflating bladder tanks, clearing water lines, and more. Having one that you can use whenever you need can be helpful for you and efficient.

Now that you know a bit more about what air compressors are used for, the next step will be choosing the right one. How will choose yours? Here are some factors to consider.

The Size and Requirements

As said earlier, an air compressor can be used for a variety of things. Because of this, there are factors to consider for selecting the perfect one for your garage. First is the size of its tank. This will depend on what kinds of tools you are using. If it is just for filling tires or air brushing, it usually just needs a small tank or even none at all. It will be a different story for more heavy duty tools that require air pressure to power them though. If you plan to have one that will stay in your garage, getting a larger tank will be better because it can be used for more purposes. There are also air compressors that are portable and can be taken anywhere which is great for using with your vehicle for emergency purposes. Other factors to look for that will be depending on your requirements will be


Larger air compressors are usually for industrial use. General household use does not require much.

Cubic Feet per Minute

This is the measure of the volumetric flow that an air compressor can provide and is very important to know about. If you’re using the air compressor for air-powered tools you’ll want to make sure it can provide plenty of volume.

The Types

Another important part is knowing about their kinds which are:

Reciprocating compressor

It essentially utilizes a piston the is contained and properly sealed within a cylinder to compress the air much like an engine compresses gas before ignition. 

Screw compressor

It utilizes a screw that rotates and is tapered to compress air inside as it moves to the end.

Centrifugal compressor

It uses a rotating impeller to compresses the air.