Propane Monitor

Should You Get a Monitor for Your Propane Tank and Your Home?

What if you’ve never had a run-out?

As someone who lives in the Buffalo-area of New York, you know how important it is to prepare for the frigid winter months. Your family’s health and safety are important to you, and so you want to ensure that your home is always safe and warm, even when the weather outside is everything but.

Having a propane run-out is a real headache, and it will cost you money. If your tank runs out completely, you’ll need a professional to get your system up and running again. But your propane tank doesn’t have to run out completely to cause problems. With a low enough propane level, air can get into your heating system. And having air in your heating system can lead to expensive damage. As a general rule of thumb, never let your tank’s propane level fall below 20 percent.

You can take on the responsibility of monitoring your tank’s levels and contacting us whenever you’re ready for delivery. Just be sure to check the amount of fuel in your tank more often during the colder months.

You can also leave all the scheduling and calculations to us and sign up for our automatic delivery service. When you become an automatic delivery customer, we will use our sophisticated computerized system that monitors the weather and keeps track of your fuel usage to determine when to schedule your deliveries. Becoming an automatic delivery customer reduces the risk of having a run-out.

And while we’re talking about safety and security, have you ever thought about installing a propane detector in your home?

Propane is naturally odorless, so the propane industry adds an odorant to it. Many people describe the smell as resembling rotten eggs. However, there are a lot of times you may not smell a propane leak. Think about how many people lost their sense of smell from Covid-19. In addition, a cold, allergies, other medical conditions, medication side-effect, alcohol, and smoking can all drastically reduce your sense of smell. Your sense of smell can also become less sensitive with age. And while it is rare, propane can sometimes lose its added smell when there is rust or water in the propane tank. If there is an underground propane leak, the smell can get trapped by the soil.

For all these reasons, we recommend that our propane delivery customers install propane detectors in their homes.

You should already have carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in your home. Adding propane detectors is another important step for your family’s safety.

Installing Your Propane Detector

You can purchase a propane detector for as little as $20. Then install one wherever you have a propane appliance. You should also install a propane detector outside each bedroom. Because propane is heavier than air, place them low to the ground (no higher than your bedroom’s pillows).

If you have questions, we are here to help. Click here to become a customer or contact us to find out more about our services, payment options, and incentives.