How to Use Air Compressor-Beginner’s Guide

How to Use Air Compressor

Have you ever wanted to use an air compressor and have no idea on how it works? Do you understand the technical jargon associated with the air compressors?  An air compressor has a wide range of tools ranging from powering tools to inflating tires. Having a basic understanding of how the air compressor works eliminate guesswork .Air compressors are perfect cleaning companion, especially where a high water pressure is required.

Did you know that air compressors increase the air pressure present in the air by reducing the space the air occupies? Thanks to the air compressors working mechanism, cleaning at homes and industrial places is fast and effective. Homeowners and those working in manufacturing plants can attest to that fact.

Choosing the Right Air Compressor For Your Needs

When choosing the best air compressor for your needs, it is easy to get overwhelmed. For starters, there are so many brands in the market. Fortunately, they come with an instructional manual which guides the buyer on how to operate it. Here a few questions you should ask before choosing an air compressor:

Application uses

How do you want to use your air compressor? Is it simple tasks like inflating tires or complex tasks like powering tools in a factory? Different air compressors have different capacities. For instance, the portable air compressors are perfect for operating small air tools. The single stage air compressors are ideal for facility maintenance and busy workshops. The two-stage compressors are perfect for industrial and commercial shops.

Are you using any air tools?

It is important to note that some air tools will need more power than others. Always determine the standard cubic feet per minute requirements of your air tools. It will guide you as you choose your air compressor.

Energy Saving and Efficiency

Everyone is looking to save energy and cut costs, be it homeowners or industrial workers. It is important to buy a compressor that reduces the energy costs without affecting its performance. Before settling for a particular compressor, assess the expected usage and working environment conditions that might interfere with its performance.

Frequency of usage

How often will you use the air compressor? If you will use it on a regular basis, go for a 50/50 duty cycle compressor. You will need a machine with a higher duty cycle for daily or commercial use. Also, the air tools you have will influence your purchasing power. If you have tools that demand high energy consumption, getting a large air compressor makes economic sense.

Power source available

What power source do you intend to use? If you are using electricity, is your power voltage supported? Alternatively, you can invest in a gas air compressor.

Air Compressor Uses and Working Mechanism

Here are a few things you need to know about air compressors before making a purchase.

The air compressor is a device which converts power into potential energy and stores it in pressurized air. It has the potential energy for various uses and purposes making it very versatile. Some of its uses include:

  • By Cuba divers in their oxygen tanks
  • In homes for cleaning things under high pressure.
  • In manufacturing industries
  • Pharmaceutical industries

How Air Compressors Work, Safety Tips, and Precautions

How does the air compressor work? What can you do to ensure it works effectively?

For starters, always ensure your air compressor is well-lubricated to minimize the wear and tear effect. Plug it in, ensure it securely plugged in, and turn on the switch. Remember to close the tank drain valve before running the machine. Your air compressor is ready for use.

You should adjust the pressure to the recommended level for an optimal performance, depending on the task at hand. Different tasks have different working pressures.

Once you complete the task, store your air compressor in a safe place away from potential hazards. When in doubt, follow the storage instructions on the manual.

First, shut it off, unplug from the power source, and turn off the regulator valve. Make sure there is no compressed air left in there by “bleeding out” the air valve.  Bleeding out an air entails removing the hose and allowing the air to go out via the drain cocks. The danger of leaving accumulated air in the air compressor is that it will cause rusting to occur.

With a proper understanding of the air compressor operates, it reduces potential accidents and makes work a lot easy. Here is a video of how the air compressor operates.


Buying an air compressor should not be a nerve-wracking task. It is important to understand the technical jargon associated with the air compressor and its working mechanism. Be cautious while operating and storing the machine to curb any potential accidents.

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Mary T. White

Hi everyone, I'm a trained AC service technician who uses several tools in my profession. I created this interactive platform to share experiences and vital information. Feel free to share your views and ask any question.

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Daphne Gilpin - April 1, 2019

Thanks for explaining that the pressure will have to be adjusted, since different tasks require different working air pressures. I need to use an air compressor for my project, so I’ve been looking for tips online about how to use one. I don’t have any idea how to select the right pressure setting, so I think I’ll talk to an air compressor service and see if they can offer any advice.

Taylor Anderson - July 16, 2019

You made a great point when you said that one needs a higher duty machine if they’ll be using it more frequently. I recently saw a bath bomb press, but it needs an air compressor to function. I think it would be really fun to make bath bombs, so thanks for all the tips on buying an air compressor.


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