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Benefits of a Propane Tank Monitor

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If you rely on propane for your cooking appliances, generators, pool heaters or to heat your entire home, then a propane tank monitor is for you. Not only do these monitors keep track of usage so you don’t run out of propane, but they also provide an additional layer of safety and efficiency for your home, your family, or your business.

According to the Propane Education & Research Council, over 132 million gallons of propane were sold in Connecticut in 2019. And the U.S. Energy Information Association expects a 12% increase in propane consumption this winter over 2021.

Thinking you can just monitor usage on your own?

Consider the following:

  • Federal regulations require that propane tanks be filled to no more than 80% of their capacity. The 80% fill rule is a preventative safety measure against the fluctuations that happen inside a tank. When heat is added, propane expands. That means a tank that is 80% full on a mild day in April, might show as 85-percent full or higher at a mid-summer barbeque. It’s the same amount of propane, but it’s taking up more space. The extra space in the tank is a cushion against the pressure that builds up in a tank when it’s hot. Are you sure you know how to read the gauge properly in different circumstances?
  • In addition, the propane level in any tank shouldn’t go below 20%. You’re a busy person with a lot on your to-do list. If one of those things is checking the propane gauge on your tank, you could be setting yourself up for a lot of hassle and expense. During the winter season, if your propane tank falls below 20 percent full and a cold snap hits, you could run out of propane more quickly than you think.
  • And most propane delivery companies recommend refilling the tank when the levels approach 30% to make sure you have enough supply for all your needs.
  • The size of your propane tank will determine the maximum number of gallons that can be stored in the tank. For example, 120-gallon tanks can’t be filled with more than 96 gallons of propane.

That’s a lot of numbers to keep track of on your own. But you don’t have to.

What are propane tank monitors?

 Tank monitors secure to the outside of fuel tanks to track the fuel level inside. Both property owners and propane distributors have access to the frequently updated readings to ensure tanks have enough fuel to keep a home or business running smoothly.

Today’s advanced remote propane tank monitoring systems use wireless technology to provide accurate, real-time level readings. The monitor sends a continuous, 24-hour radio signal to your propane provider that keeps track of the exact amount of propane in your tank. The receiver sends a notification when it’s time for a refill or an alert if there is an issue with the tank.

What are the benefits of propane tank monitors?

      1. Less time spent monitoring tank levelsYou don’t need to walk out to your propane tank in the snow or cold to check your supply.
      2. Tracking fuel usage – In addition to tracking fuel levels, tank monitors can also help track your fuel usage. If fuel is leaving the tank faster than expected, it could signal a problem in the system.
      3. Decrease the chances of running out of fuelIf you’ve ever run out of propane, you know what a disruption it is. And if your tank runs out completely, you need professional service to get your system up and running again. But your tank doesn’t have to be completely empty to cause problems. If propane levels get too low, air gets into the system, leading to even more expensive damage.
      4. Mitigate potential safety risksPropane is a very safe fuel. However, leaks can be a a major concern. A propane monitor can help identify leaks by showing a spike in fuel use that might indicate a leak in your system and a potential hazard. This makes it a key piece of safety equipment.
      5. Increase efficiency – Planning propane deliveries in advance saves you time and headaches. Scheduled deliveries also help your propane distributor make deliveries more efficiently which can have a positive impact on costs for you.

Automatic Delivery and Propane Tank Monitors – the Dream Team

One of the best ways to manage your propane levels and prevent you from inconveniently or even dangerously running out of propane is with automatic delivery. Automatic propane delivery relies on estimates that include how much propane you’ve used in similar months, how much propane a home your size uses on average, and on the weather.

But what if you don’t use an average amount of fuel in a heating cycle? What if an aging parent, who likes the house warm, has moved in with you? What if you decide to use your propane fireplace more often than in previous years? Have you added a room to your home, or installed additional propane appliances since your average was last calculated? And what if you forgot to alert your propane delivery company to these changes?

Adding a propane tank monitor adds another level of efficiency, safety, and convenience. When your propane level falls below 30%, the monitor sends an alert to your supplier to schedule a delivery. And that means peace-of-mind.

Turn to Levco for all your propane installation, monitoring and delivery needs.

Levco is a leader in helping customers understand and adhere to industry standards for the safe LP-Gas storage, handling, transportation, and use of propane. Give us a call at (203) 533-8249 or contact us today!

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