To choose an air compressor opt for a high pressure compressor if youre using it with heavy duty tools alternatively if youre using it for something like a paint sprayer pick a lower capacity compressor since theyre smaller and easier to move around additionally look for a single stage compressor for small jobs or in situations where you need to be able move the compressor around . Some air compressors are designed to run on electricity others on gasoline unless you expect to use your compressor primarily in places where an electrical source is unavailable an electrically powered unit is probably the better choice gas powered air compressors are heavier noisier and more expensive than their electrical counterparts . This old house general contractor tom silva shows discusses what to look for when buying and operating an air compressor subscribe to this old house http . Open the air tank drain valve to let out condensation the valve will be on the air tank on the underside twist the valve counterclockwise so that the pressurized air blows out any collected moisture put the valve back in place by twisting it clockwise until you can no longer hear the air flow. So you can use the air compressor for your desired purpose without compromising on quality the last thing i woud like to mention regarding cfm is comparing different ratings of different units looking for other cfm related factors such as temperature altitude and humidity is important this helps to look at different air volumes and pressures other factors such as heat dissipation
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