An air compressor is a tool which turns power into kinetic energy. It does this job by compressing pressurized air which can be released by the one utilizing the equipment in strong burst of air. The kind of power that it converts is usually coming from electric motors, diesel engines and gasoline engines. And for a long time, air compressors have continued to serve its purpose because of how convenient and safe it is for use.
Though there are different kinds of compressors, they almost work the same way which is increasing the pressure in gases while lessening its volume. One of the most usual ways that an air compressor does is by filling a room with air and then decreasing its volume and these tools are often referred to as positive displacement compressors. A standard air compressor is used in, but not limited to, the following:
- Filling gas cylinders with clean, pressurized air.
- Supplying clean and moderate air pressure inside a submerged surface supplied driver.
- Inflating tires.
If you are planning on getting an air compressor, make sure that you consider the following factors:
Portability: Is it stationary or can you carry it around with ease?
Power Source: Is it powered by electricity or just by gas?
Performance: Make sure that you check how its SCFM, PSI and horsepower are.
Tank Size: There are three sizes with the first having no tank, and then there is the small and the large tank.
Pump Design: There are a number of ways that an air compressor functions; is it a single stage tool? A two-stage tool or is it fuelled by oil or not?
Being familiar with an air compressors and how it functions is important especially if you often find yourself doing industry-related work.