Oil tank sizes

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People all across the world rely on different fuels to heat their homes. Their choices are usually determined by availability, reliability, cost and the severity of the cold weather that they experience. Some of the heating options that people choose are electricity, coal, wood and natural gas. Oil heat is widely used in the United States of America and in the United Kingdom to heat homes. They experience some very cold winters that go below zero degrees Celsius. A sustainable heating solution is a necessity so that people do not freeze to death in their homes. New home owners more often than not find pre installed domestic oil heating tanks. These tanks can be found above or below ground. Different sized homes require different oil storage tank sizes to really be effective.

Standard oil tank size

The standard oil tank size is different from country to country. In the United States of America, the typical measure used for fuel capacity is fuel capacity is gallons. In the United Kingdom however, capacity is measured in litres. One gallon is equivalent to 3.79 litres. Heating oil tank sizes vary greatly from holding 950 litres, which is about 250 gallons, to as much as 120 000 litres, which is a little over 31 500 gallons. The best tank size really depends on the size of the building it shall service and also on how long people plan to use it. The average domestic tank in the Unites States tends to be 275 gallons.

Some places have a standard oil tank size of around 2 500 litres, which is approximately 670 gallons. In the United Kingdom, any person that wants to have a tank that is bigger than 2 500 litres has got to follow certain procedures. The tank itself has got to be bunded, which means that it must have an inner tank and an outer tank that will capture fuel in the event that the inner tank develops cracks or leaks. The tank must be installed by a licensed professional and must then be inspected by an official from the Environmental Risk Assessment. All these regulations are necessary to avoid pollution and the disruption of ecosystems caused by oil leaks.

Home owners that do not know their home heating oil tank size can find out. At times people buy homes that are very old or have been passed on from owner to owner and so have nobody that they can really ask about the capacity of their tanks. In such cases these home owners may have to wait until the tank is ready to be refilled. The amount of oil that goes in should be a clue as to how big the oil tank is. An important point to note is that the oil at the bottom of the tank turns into sludge and so this must be factored in when calculating. More often than not, home owners must make an allowance of about 30 to 50 gallons of oil that has been contaminated by sludge. Tanks should be cleaned from time to time to get rid of this sludge, or else they should be replaced. A good tank though, can last for about 40 years before it needs to be replaced tank capacity.

Oil tank size labels

Modern oil tank manufacturers have to clearly label their tanks with the amount that they hold. This is not just for the customers that buy from them. It also benefits people who buy homes where the oil tanks are already installed. The capacity has to appear on the product label which is found on the side or on the front of the tank. Checking on the size of a tank that was installed above the ground becomes a whole lot easier with these labels in place. Checking underground oil tank sizes is a bit more complex, though if your house is in the United Kingdom where approval is required for the bigger tanks, you may be able to get this information from the previous owners.

Choosing the right tank size

As has been previously stated, small apartments and big houses need tanks of different capacities. Manufacturers will try to pair homes with the right residential oil tank sizes in order to make their customers completely satisfied. Some websites will have this information readily available for customers to mull over while they decide which oil tank to purchase. Manufacturers tend to recommend that customers with one or two bedroom homes should get tanks of at least 275 gallons for adequate heating. A house with three

bedrooms will be sufficiently heated by a tank of 1 500 litres or more. Home owners with more than four bedrooms have to consider the bigger tanks that have capacities of over 2 500 litres of fuel.

When a home owner wants to make a decision about which tank to get, it may seem like a daunting task. It may be especially tough if the home has a limited space where the tank can be stored. Not every home has an outside space or a basement for oil tank storage. In cases like these, a home owner may want to look at an oil tank size chart. These size charts are available on the websites of some oil tank manufacturers. They generally contain information on the capacity of the tanks, be it in litres or in gallons. They also carry other information like the diameter of the tank, its length, width and weight as well. Some charts will also categorise the tanks in terms of the material that they are made of, usually metal or plastic, and whether they are double skinned or not.

In conclusion, deciding on what size tank to get is a big decision. Home owners may want to invest in a tank that is bigger than the one that is required to cover their needs so that they can take advantage of slumps in oil prices to stock up on fuel. It also ensures that they do not run out of heating oil at an inopportune time.

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