What Size Storage Tank Do I Need?

July 30, 2018 8:15 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Whenever you’re in the middle of a construction project or are moving to a new home, there’s a chance you’ll be curious about the size of oil tank you’ll want for your home’s heating. Even if you’ve already been living in your home or have owned your commercial or industrial building for some time, you might be looking to make an upgrade.

Here’s some information to consider when trying to determine the right size for your oil storage tanks in Colorado.

Standard sizing

The standard fuel capacity for an oil tank for home heating purposes is usually measured in gallons, and can vary anywhere from 250 gallons to 31,500 gallons. The best tank for a residential setting will depend on the size of space you’ll be heating as well as how frequently and how long you’ll be using it. However, the average size for a tank is 275 gallons for smaller homes, scaling up the more bedrooms and living space you have.

Of course, tanks for commercial or industrial purposes will tend to be significantly larger, so again, make sure you know the square footage of your space and some general usage statistics so you can be sure to get a tank of the proper size.

Analyze your current tank

A good indicator of the size tank you’ll need to purchase is to look at the tank that’s already in your space. If it’s been sufficient for your needs, you’ll likely be able to go with a tank that’s exactly the same size.

Most manufacturers of oil tanks clearly label the amount of oil the tank holds, but some older tanks do not have this labeling identified quite as clearly. The easiest way to determine the number of gallons the tank contains is to fill it up starting from empty. However, there are some other ways to at least get an estimate if that isn’t possible.

For example, if the tank is located above ground in either your basement or house, conduct some simple measurements. An average 275-gallon tank will usually measure 44” high by 60” wide by 27” deep. Most in-ground tanks come in standardized sizes, so you should be able to get a good sense of the size just by looking at it and taking some quick measurements.

You can also have a service technician conduct these measurements during your next oil delivery. Measuring the change in oil level can also provide some accurate estimates for tank size.

These are just a few things to keep in mind as you go about searching for the right sized oil storage tank in Colorado for your needs. Whether you have a residential building or a commercial or industrial facility in need of a new storage tank, these basic rules will help you determine which size will best fit what you’re looking for. For more information, we encourage you to contact the team of storage tank specialists at DJC Enterprises Inc. any time. We look forward to working with you soon!

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