Estimating Fuel Storage to Heat Your Home & Power Your Appliances
Whether you’re building a new house or converting your existing home to propane, it can be hard to figure out exactly how much fuel you will go through in a day, a month, or a year.
At Blue Flame, we understand because we’ve been answering questions about propane usage and storage for over 50 years! So, to explain our usage calculations, let’s look at a home that’s 2,000 square feet. How much propane would you need to serve that amount of space?
Calculating Your Propane Home Heating Needs
One of the most fuel-intensive needs your home has is space heating. This should be the starting point for figuring out how much propane you need.
On average, it takes 2.67 gallons of propane per day to heat a 2,000-square-foot home. Propane usage can vary based on the climate and how often you run your furnace. Even so, most homeowners in a 2,000-square-foot house end up using about 800 gallons of propane in a year.
Factors That Affect Your Household’s Propane Usage
No two homes are the same, and several variables can increase the amount of propane you will need.
Your home’s condition: The current state of your home will affect how often you need to run your heating system. If there’s wall damage, insufficient insulation or older windows, heat will escape, and you’ll need to use more propane.
The people living in your home: Do you have older relatives or young children in your home? These demographics generally need their rooms warmer, so you should plan to run your heating more often.
How many propane appliances you have: A big part of propane’s appeal is its versatility, but a home with many propane appliances will burn through fuel faster. You need to factor these products in your calculations:
- Water heaters
- Gas ranges or ovens
- Clothes dryers
- Hearth products
- Fire pits
- Pool or spa heaters
Finding the Right Propane Tank for Your Home
Once you have a sense of how much propane your house will use, you can decide how large of a propane tank you need. On average, a 2,000-square-foot home needs a 500-gallon propane tank.
Of course, all the factors listed above can affect the math. Luckily, the propane experts at Blue Flame have a lot of experience finding propane storage solutions for homes in Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. We will discuss your family’s needs, identify a propane tank that meets them and install it quickly and safely.