3 Things To Take Into Consideration When Purchasing A Pressure Washer

30 January 2017
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If you need a pressure washer, you will quickly find that there are a lot of different types of models on the market. Here are a few things that you need to take into consideration and that can help guide your purchasing choice.

Noise Levels

Make sure that you find out if your neighborhood has any noise level restrictions. You are going to want to make sure that the decibels for your pressure washer don't exceed allowable noise levels in your neighborhood. If you want a quieter pressure washer, electric powered pressure washers tend to be quieter than gas powered pressure washers.

Level Of Pressure

Next, you need to consider how much pressure you really need. If you just want to use your pressure washer to clean off and rinse off items around your home, a pressure washer with a lower psi output will work just fine. If you want to use your pressure washer for cleaning tough-to-remove items or for more deep cleaning jobs, you are going to want to purchase a pressure washer that has a higher pressure rating.

Type Of Power                           

Pressure washers can be powered two different ways, either through gas or through electricity.

Electric powered pressure washers are generally lightweight and great for light duty jobs. They are great for cleaning off a small patio and cleaning your patio furniture. They are good for cleaning off surfaces; they are not great for removing things from surfaces, such as mold or algae. They are generally really lightweight and easy to handle and haul around. They are also pretty quiet when they are running and don't create any exhaust fumes.

Pressure washers powered by gas, on the other hand, require the use of fuel to keep them going and thus create exhaust fumes. However, they generally can put out a greater level of PSI. Gas powered pressure washers work better at removing things like algae, mold, sap, stains, and gum. They are better for deep cleaning projects. However, they tend to be a lot louder than electric pressure washers and require more tune-ups and have to be winterized before you put them away for the year.

Think carefully about what you need to use a pressure washer for before you purchase a pressure washer. Electric pressure washers tend to be more lightweight, quieter, and great for general jobs. Gas powered pressure washers are great for deep cleaning and more industrial style cleaning jobs. Contact a company like Boyce Industries to learn more.