Asheville, NC (PRWEB) May 3, 2006
The warm weather is here and the helpful staff of Apex Unlimited (http://www.apex-unlimited.com) would like to take the confusion out of selecting the right pressure washer. However, there are many variables such as PSI vs. GPM vs. CU, Electric vs. Gas, that can complicate this decision. How should homeowners and contractors decide? By matching their needs to the equipment, which will keep projects running smooth, and keep overhead costs low. By following these simple guidelines, anyone can have a much clearer idea of which pressure washer to choose.
What will be the purpose of the pressure washer?
If the pressure washer is being purchased for residential use, a pressure washer rated at 1300-2200 PSI can be used for light, occasional homeowner chores such as cleaning a small area, lawn equipment, cars, trucks, or removing mud or dirt. Pressure washers rated at 2200-3000 PSI are designed for more frequent users and for larger jobs such as cleaning vinyl and wood siding, whether the surface is being prepared for painting or to remove dirt and grime. Pressure washers rated at PSI 2200-4000 are for professional contractor use on heavy-duty projects.
Should the pressure washer be electric or gas?
The staff of Apex Unlimited (http://www.apex-unlimited.com) notes that this is one of the top questions posed to them. To answer: Pressure washers are either electric or gasoline powered. Electric pressure washers are low maintenance and quiet. Another advantage to electric pressure washers is if the pressure washer is used only occasionally (every few months), stale gas will not be a problem (like in lawnmowers after sitting all winter). Simply plug it in and turn it on! Electric pressure washers are for light duty jobs. These pressure washers are handy for working on small confined areas; however, power needs to be run to them and they must have a pressurized water source. Also, the National Electrical Code and Underwriters Laboratories now require that ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) be used when operating an electric pressure washer.
What about all these terms: PSI, GPM AND CU?
Yes, they can be confusing! When shopping for a pressure washer, one way to compare units is by the cleaning power of the water. PSI (pounds per square inch) refers to the amount of cleaning pressure the pressure washer is capable of developing. GPM (gallons per minute) refers to the actual flow of water through the unit or the rate a which the unit sprays water. Some manufacturers have started to use the term CU (cleaning units), which is simply PSI X GPM.
These are the basics of selecting a pressure washer. Stay tuned for the next article from Apex Unlimited on the more technical aspects of pressure washers. Be sure to view Apex Unlimited's full lineup of quality gas & electric pressure washers here: http://www.apex-unlimited.com/prwa1.html.
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