Many factors determine what size propane tank is right for your home or business. Keep in mind propane tanks are only filled to about 80% capacity to allow room for expansion. Choosing the best propane tank size for your needs can be difficult. If you’re new to propane tanks, you may be wondering what factors to consider when choosing one.
There are many different sizes of propane tanks available on the market today, so it can be tricky to choose the right one for your needs. If you’re unsure which size to select, here are a few guidelines to help you decide.
What are you planning on using your propane for?
A standard-sized tank should be sufficient if you’re planning on using your propane tank for residential purposes such as heating your home or cooking meals. These tanks typically hold between 100 and 250 gallons of propane.
On the other hand, if you plan to use your propane for commercial purposes such as operating a business or running agricultural equipment, you’ll need a larger tank. Commercial-grade tanks can hold anywhere from 500 to 5,000 gallons of propane. Keep in mind that the larger the tank, the more expensive it will be.
Additionally, consider how often you’ll need to refill your tank. If you only need to refuel once or twice a year, then a smaller tank may be all you need. However, if you’ll be using large amounts of propane regularly, it may be worth investing in a larger tank so that you don’t have to refill as often.
If you live in a rural area with no natural gas lines and electricity lines, you may need to buy a larger tank than in an urban area with all those utilities readily available.
Finally, the climate in your area will also play a role in how much propane you use. For example, homes in colder climates will need a larger tank to ensure you have enough propane to get through the winter.
Where do you want your propane tank located?
If you’re considering putting a propane tank in your yard, one of the first things you should be aware of is that your local building code may have regulations about how close the tank can be to your house and other buildings.
When it comes to propane tanks, there are two main types: above ground and underground. Above ground tanks are typically less expensive than underground tanks and are also easier to install. However, they may be more prone to leaks and require regular maintenance.
Propane tanks are made of steel and typically won’t rust until exposed to water for several months or more. However, if you live in an area with extreme weather conditions (like rain and snow), you’ll want to keep an eye on the tank to ensure it doesn’t get damaged by water. If it does, you may be able to fix it yourself; otherwise, you will need professional help.
Underground tanks are often more expensive to install but more durable and less likely to leak. They’re also less visible, which can be a plus if you’re concerned about aesthetics. Ultimately, the best type of propane tank for you depends on your budget and personal preferences.
Here are a few additional things to keep in mind:
- You’ll want to make sure it’s in a location that’s convenient for you. After all, you’ll need to be able to access the tank regularly to refill it.
- You’ll want to choose a spot that’s out of the way of foot traffic. Not only will this help keep the tank safe, but it will also minimize the risk of accidental damage.
- Finally, you’ll want to consider the aesthetic of the location. Placing the tank in an inconspicuous spot can help it blend in with your landscaping.
Ultimately, the decision of where to place your propane tank is up to you. But keeping these factors in mind can help you make the best choice for your home. If you’re looking to purchase or lease a new propane tank, keep in mind you have options for putting the tank above ground or underground. For larger tanks, there are codes that you need to meet for safety reasons.
How big is your home or business?
The size of your home or building that you’re trying to heat will indicate what size tank you need. Larger households and facilities that run off propane need bigger tanks and sometimes more than one!
If you have a smaller space, you won’t need as large of a tank. This is because the big tank will heat the small space too quickly, and the temperature will be difficult to regulate.
In terms of businesses, it’s a good idea to install several tanks that are joining together so that there’s always a consistent hot water supply. This is especially important if your business uses a lot of hot water throughout the day, such as in restaurants or laundromats. The last thing you want is your customers to be without hot water! You can always consult a professional to get their opinion on what size and how many tanks you should install in your home or business.
At Great Valley Propane, whatever your propane needs are, we can install a tank that fits your requirements. We offer a variety of propane tank sizes to ensure you get the one that perfectly suits your home or business. Check out the dimensions and specifications for some of our most commonly used propane tanks here.