Still, it’s best to know what you’re getting into when you’re shopping for a new propane tank or propane supplier in WV, so we’ve prepared this short guide to talk about some of the key decisions that go into selecting a propane tank for your West Virginia or western Maryland home.
Decision 1: Underground vs. aboveground
Choosing between an aboveground and underground propane storage tank mostly comes down to three factors: what size tank you need (underground tanks can be larger, with a higher capacity), how you want your property to look, and whether or not it is legal to install an underground tank in your town and on your property. A qualified propane tank installer can tell you whether or not an underground propane tank is feasible for you.
Decision 2: Shape
Aboveground propane tanks come in two basic types: horizontal tanks and vertical cylinders. Horizontal propane tanks are high-capacity containers typically used where propane is the main source of heat in the home. Because they hold more propane, you won’t need as many propane deliveries – a big benefit in areas where weather is unpredictable. Vertical propane cylinders are generally smaller, so they can be placed out of sight against a building or near a property line.
Decision 3: Size
Above ground propane tanks come in sizes ranging from 120 to 1000+ gallons. Some common propane tank sizes are:
120-gallon tanks – Good for most propane equipment applications except whole-house heating. Equipment may include stoves, clothes dryers, water heaters, space heaters, generators or fireplaces.
500-gallon tanks – These tanks are generally designed for households using 100–200 gallons a month; a 500-gallon propane tank will be appropriate to heat most houses ranging from 2,500 to 4,500 square feet.
1,000-gallon tanks (and larger) – These tanks are used for very large residential applications (4,500+ square feet) or commercial and industrial applications.
Decision 4: Owning vs. Leasing
Although there are some advantages to owning your own propane tank (controlling who supplies your propane gas being the big one), for most people the disadvantages of owning your propane tank far outweigh the benefits.
When you buy your own propane tank, for example, you are responsible for all installation and maintenance tasks associated with your tank, including repair, replacement, and parts. You are also responsible for recertifying the tank according to local and state laws.
When you lease a propane tank, on the other hand, the supplier is responsible for installing and maintaining your tank, and all the costs and procedures associated with those tasks.
Whatever your preference or need, Roach Energy can provide great advice and expert propane tank installation in West Virginia and western Maryland. Contact us today to learn more about propane tank installation, or to become a Roach Energy customer!