Propane 101: Above Ground vs Underground Propane Tanks
If you’re in the market for a cleaner, more fuel-efficient way to heat your home or cook, you might consider installing an underground propane tank to fuel many possible propane-powered appliances in your home. Appliances that can utilize propane as a fuel source include stoves and ovens, washing machines and dryers, hot water heaters, outdoor kitchen appliances, and even whole-house furnaces. Some propane tanks are above ground and others below, and here is some information to help you decide which is best for your property.
1. Advantages of the above-ground propane tank
Above ground storage tanks are pretty common for a home that utilizes this fuel source. There are a few advantages of this scenario over the underground propane tank option. The most important advantage is access making it easier to check the tank levels and to refill when necessary.
2. Disadvantages of the above-ground tank
Above ground, tanks can be a pretty big eyesore on your property. There isn’t much you can do to change their appearance or dress them up in any way. They can also get in the way of yard maintenance and utilizing the full extent of your property.
3. Advantages of the underground tank
An underground storage tank frees up the entirety of your property so that you can use every square inch. You will have to keep in mind, however, that you can’t put anything on top of an underground tank and you must leave it accessible. Putting the tank underground completely hides it from view which is a major advantage in terms of curb appeal and the aesthetics of your home.
4. Disadvantages of the underground tank
There are very few disadvantages to having an underground tank and the ones that do exist are very minor. One notable disadvantage is the cost because underground tanks can cost just a little bit more than the above-ground varieties. Other than that, installation is easy, and underground tanks are out of sight out of mind while providing your home with a clean and energy-efficient fuel source.
5. Finding a propane tank company
If you’re convinced that an underground storage tank is the right choice for you, the first step will be to identify a trusted and experienced installation and service company that can help you get the project started. Be sure to find one that has amassed plenty of years in the industry and who has solid reviews online. Several installation companies will also take care of monitoring the tank and refilling it when necessary.