A pressure washer is the only way to get some things clean around your house. If you have ever been confused by the range of models and choices available, then you are not alone. Deciding which pressure washer to purchase is not easy. In fact, you have to decide if you should even buy one at all. Maybe renting is the better option. Let’s look at the facts and take some of the pressure off of your pressure washer decisions.
The biggest question to answer is how many things do you need to clean, and how often do they need cleaning? The most common uses for a pressure washer include things like cleaning driveways, siding on your home, windows, vehicles, engines and more. But each of these items is really quite different. Too much pressure can damage the item you are cleaning. You need to match the power of the washer to the job.
Like most outdoor power tools, pressure washers are available in electric and gas-powered models. Electric pressure washers are more environmentally friendly, at least in terms of local noise and air pollution. Plugging into an outlet is also quite convenient. Electric-powered tools often don’t need as much maintenance as gas=powered tools. However, gas power provides more mobility. You won’t be tied to an electrical outlet. Again, depending on what needs to be washed, this could be a very necessary benefit.
Another question to ask yourself is whether or not you need hot water for cleaning. Using pressurized hot water is a good choice if you need to clean up grease and oil. Other cleaning jobs can be done just as well with cold water. Some pressure washers have a built-in heating unit. This gives you the option of choosing hot or cold water depending on the job at hand.