I have an air compressor for running tools in my garage. I recently moved the compressor to the basement and put an accumulator tank in the garage ceiling. I did this to reduce noise in the garage and outside.
It works very well, but now I'd like to control power to the compressor from the garage via my insteon or zwave home automation system.
Years ago, I made the mistake of plugging a compressor into an outlet with its switch in the 'on' position. (The manual advises against this.) After a major arc flash, part of the plug was missing, and I replaced the outlet and plug. So, I suspect that the initial inrush current may be some hundreds of amps depending on where the piston last stopped, and I'm reluctant to trust a standard 20 amp relay to the job.
How many amps should I plan for?
The compressor is "rated" at 120v, 14.5A. My compressor manual does not mention how I would like to choose a relay or switch that will show no appreciable wear after 5000-10000 cycles.
What type of relay should I use?