Choosing The Right Propane Tank
What Goes Into Picking the Correct Propane Tank Size?
Driving through your neighborhood in Western Pennsylvania, have you noticed that more and more homes have propane tanks on their properties?
Propane is used in roughly 50 million American homes right now. It’s a fantastically adaptable home fuel. You can use it for your whole home’s heating and hot water. You can also use it for one or two appliances or amenities like patio heaters or gas fireplaces. Propane gives your home fuel independence because you aren’t reliant on a natural gas utility. You control your supply of fuel with an onsite tank!
But how big a tank does your home need? The ProGas team has extensive experience and training in setting homes up for propane service. Here’s how we determine the right propane tank size for your home.
How Many Propane Systems and Appliances Do You Have?
A good starting point when choosing a home propane tank is how much propane-fired equipment your home has. That will guide how much propane you’re likely to use. Here’s a breakdown of standard tank sizes and the appliances they serve:
|Tank Size||Homes it can serve|
|120-gallon||Serves a couple of appliances (range, space heater, clothes dryer, etc.) or a hot water system.|
|250-gallon||Serves large propane appliances like water heaters, pool heaters, generators, and supplemental heating.|
|500-gallon||Heating for an average-sized household.|
|1,000-gallon||Heating and appliances for larger homes (or commercial sites).|
While this is a good start for sizing a propane tank, there are other considerations.
How Will Your Propane Usage Change in the Future?
Are you planning on welcoming a child soon? Do you anticipate that an elderly family member will move in? The more people reside in your house, the more propane you will burn through. The same logic applies if you’ve recently transitioned to remote work. Working from home all day during wintertime means having to crank up the heat much more frequently—especially during the winter season.
You should consider the climate of your region. For example, we always account for the sustained icy winters this region experiences when we estimate annual propane use.
Where Are You Placing Your Propane Tank?
Although aesthetics should probably not be your first consideration when choosing a propane tank, it’s a legitimate thing to think about. Many people choose an underground tank to save space on their property and keep their fuel storage out of site.
Without a doubt, underground tanks require more coordination to install than aboveground models. You’ll need to excavate the property, and there can be additional permitting. Also, some tank sizes (like the 120-gallon option) aren’t available as underground options.
But underground tanks have substantive benefits. They’re less vulnerable to damage from the elements. They’re also less susceptible to heat, so they can be filled slightly more than the 80 percent aboveground tanks receive. (Propane expands in heat, meaning we need to allow space for these fluctuations.)
ProGas makes it easy to add propane to your home! Get in touch with us now to become a customer and experience the difference we can make for you now…and for years to come.