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What Propane Tank Size is Right For Your Household?

Posted by James Callow on Fri, Nov 15, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

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The use of residential propane will provide your home with a number of benefits - from powering a range of appliances, saving you money on your monthly utility bills, empowering you to live a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle and much more - but what size propane tank do you need?

Choosing the right size propane tank is an important first step in your journey into propane. It will ensure you have enough propane for your household’s needs, helping you to avoid paying for too much propane or running out regularly because your tank is too small.

Propane tanks, however, come in a wide range of sizes. From small canisters that are perfect for barbecuing to large storage tanks that power every single appliance in your home, it can be difficult to choose the right one.

Choosing the right tank will allow you to optimize your propane usage and save money each month, but countless people each year install the wrong size propane tanks in their home. Budget Propane Ontario has listed some tips here to ensure you choose the right size propane tank.

Why it’s important to pick the right size propane tank

Picking the right size propane tank will help your family save money. While there are no real disadvantages of selecting a propane tank that’s too big, there’s definitely a lot of disadvantages for choosing a propane tank that’s too small.

A propane tank that’s too small for your needs will have to be filled more frequently. This means that in order to ensure you don’t run out of fuel, you’ll have to get your propane supplier to refill your tank more frequently - costing you more money.

So, what size tank do you need?

The most common propane tank sizes range from anywhere between 100lb to 1,000 gallons. Which size propane tank works best for your home will depend entirely on your propane usage.

Smaller propane tanks are best served for smaller households where propane isn’t the main source of energy, while the larger 1,000 gallon tanks are often reserved for commercial use in which a large amount of propane is needed on a frequent basis.

Once you’ve decided you want to make the switch to propane, your first step should be to sit down with your propane supplier. They’ll be able to calculate how much propane you’ll require to power your appliances, and suggest a tank size that will work for your unique needs.

Budget Propane Ontario has a range of propane tank styles and sizes

Budget Propane offers two main propane tank styles - Torpedo and Vertical - with a range of sizes. The style and size of the tank that you choose for your home will depend on what you plan to use propane for, here’s a breakdown of what our styles are best served for.

Torpedo tanks

Torpedo tanks hold more propane than vertical tanks and are used for both residential and commercial applications. They come in two main sizes:

500 gallons - These tanks are fantastic for homes that use a large amount of propane to power their appliances, run back-up generators and much more, as well as for small commercial applications. These tanks must be installed at least 10’ from buildings and property lines.

1,000 gallons - These tanks store a large amount of propane and are mostly used in commercial and agricultural applications, in which a lot of propane energy is required. They must be installed 25’ from buildings and 10’ from property lines.

Vertical tanks

Our vertical tanks, which unlike torpedo tanks can be stored against a building, only come in one size - 120 gallons. They are mostly used for residential purposes and are a fantastic way to power propane water heaters, fireplaces, pool heaters and many other household appliances.

If you need more propane but don’t want to commit to a 500 gallon tank, then up to four vertical tanks can be connected together. This is particularly useful if you find at some point in the future your household needs more propane.

Are you looking for more information on which propane tank size is the right fit for your home? Get in touch with Budget Propane Ontario. We would be more than happy to help you find a tank that works for your unique needs.

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