Three Great Reasons to Own a Household Air Compressor

Small, lightweight, and quiet tanks can make chores easy to tackle and leave enough air left over to blow up a few rafts for the pool.

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Air compressors are especially handy if you have a few pneumatic tools for tackling construction tasks.Dewalt

Remember the days when gas stations were service stations instead of mini-marts, full of loud compressors running staccato pneumatic wrenches or hissing hoses inflating tires? Why would you want that in your house?

The good news is you don’t have to anymore. Today’s household air compressors are compact, portable, and can operate at the same decibel level as your battery-powered toothbrush. Because they’re so versatile and inexpensive, there’s no good reason not to be saving time and effort with a home air compressor. Here are three great reasons you can’t afford not to have one in your house or garage.

Power Tools

CRAFTSMAN Air Compressor, 6 gallon, Pancake, Oil-Free with 13 Piece Accessory Kit
This portable compressor features a six-gallon tank, produces up to 150 psi and comes with an accessory kit adapting it for many standard uses.CRAFTSMAN

Air compressors have been powering pneumatic tools (like those gas station lug wrenches) for ages. They work well because they can apply maximum torque, often in tight spots. With the right connectors they can power anything from nail guns to sanders, saws to wrenches, with little effort.

Inflate Anything

DEWALT Pancake Air Compressor
This compressor operates at a quiet 76 decibels.DEWALT

In addition to inflating your vehicle tires, a home air compressor can inflate everything from your air mattress or swimming pool to your kids’ bounce house or three-story inflatable Disney princess castle.

Clean Air

PORTER-CABLE C2002 Oil-Free UMC Pancake Compressor
A compressor like this one will make short work of blowing out the water lines in your RV or camper.PORTER-CABLE

It’s amazing how useful a little jet of compressed air can be when cleaning those inaccessible corners, or even your laptop keyboard. Blowing all the water out of your irrigation system or RV for the winter is easy with an air compressor.