There are a vast amount of home air compressors on the market and finding the best air compressor for home use is not as difficult as you might imagine. You should first ascertain your needs and then choose a compressor that will cope with the jobs that you are planning to use it for.
With the massive increase in DIY the air compressor has rapidly become an invaluable asset in the home owner’s tool kit. With all the internet guides, walkthroughs and videos, it has never been easier to plan and complete a DIY project such as a home remodel, roof repair or laying down decking.
If we only go back a few decades ago, all those broken windows, doors and home renovation jobs were monopolized by professionals. Just imagine how much money can be saved by doing your own repairs and renovations. Although, home repairs and renovations are not the only uses for the home air compressor, there are a multitude of other uses including;
- Inflating tires
- Inflating sports goods
- Inflating children’s toys
- Dust blowing
- Installing Decking
- Wooden Flooring
- Powering nail guns, staplers and brad guns
- Powering roofing nailers
- Powering impact wrenches & drills
- Hobby and craft work
Home use air compressors – our top picks
Obviously the more air the tool requires the more powerful the compressor needs to be, but for the average home owner that just wants to inflate tires and do some remodeling work on the home, a small air compressor will cope just fine.
How Do You Choose an Air Compressor for Home use?
The last thing you want to do is to settle for a no name compressor that has been built with cheap parts and will quickly break down. The important thing is that the air compressor gets the job done for you and that it’s durable. That is why you should take a look at some of our reviews of reputable manufacturer’s compressors including: Senco, Bostitch, Dewalt, California air tools, Rolair, Makita and Ingersoll rand. All of these compressors are good quality and the spares are readily obtainable.
If you are going to be using air tools that require a high CFM (cubic feet per minute) then go to our air compressor comparison page and select a compressor that will cope with the highest rated CFM usage of the tool. For instance, if you have a nail gun that requires 1.5 CFM select a compressor that will provide at least 3.0 CFM to give a buffer. It is always best to go higher than to be underpowered and have the compressor running all the time.
If this is your first air compressor you will need to factor in the price of an air line or lines and the cost of any air tools, although, there are machines available that come with air lines, inflation tools, dust blowers etc. Also available are nail gun and compressor kits, which tend to work out cheaper than if you bought the items seperately.
We also have an air compressor buyer’s guide that lists everything you should be looking for when choosing a home use air compressor.
If you are looking for a compressor that can be used in a small shop, or in the home for hobby, craft work or remodeling, there are some very quiet air compressors that will allow you to work without disturbing others. Many of these produce around 60 Decibels noise, which is about the same level as a normal conversation.
At the end of the day it all comes down to the types of jobs you will be using the compressor for and the output you need to complete them, without worrying about if the compressor can cope with the job.