Benefits of Smartfill Tank Propane Monitor Service for Long Island Homeowners
From Nassau County to the Hamptons, more than a million homes cover Long Island. From large vacation homes to snug cottages, all require care and attention to keep everything working at its best.
Automating some basic tasks makes homeownership a bit easier. If you use propane for whole house heating or pool heating, a propane monitor service can ensure your tank has adequate reserves at all times. Knowing your propane levels ensures that you are never without heat or hot water so your home runs smoothly. More than 50 million homes in the US use propane, including 5.7 million for heating. However you use propane for your Long Island home, consider adding tank monitoring to your service for some added peace of mind.
How Propane Tank Monitoring Works
A propane tank monitor brings your propane tank into the digital age.
Ask your propane tank company if they offer a tank monitor system. The propane company will have to install a base wireless monitor unit. The unit then connects to your tank gauge to collect information on the level it is reading. As it pulls the data, the unit transmits it back to the web server through cellular signals.
The data is then available for you to see anytime through an online portal or via an app you can install on your smartphone or tablet. This convenient setup also allows you to pay your bills, or schedule your own delivery if you prefer.
Once in the app or portal, you can set alerts to keep you generally informed when your tank reaches a certain level. If you are on will-call, you can place an order. If you are on smartfill, your propane company will automatically dispatch propane gas delivery. You’ll be able to confirm delivery through the app by checking the new tank levels.
General Benefits of Monitors
It’s easy to get wowed by the cool factor of smart technology plus adding it to your propane tank has some practical benefits for all homeowners.
Remote Services Allow You to Check the Levels Wherever You Are
The biggest benefit is that all this monitoring happens remotely. You don’t need to be home to see what’s happening with your propane. You can also place online orders or schedule service via the app and that can happen without your presence as well. If you have someone watching your house while you’re on vacation or a caretaker, you can set them up to get alerts, monitor usage, and view your account.
Identify Irregular Usage that Might Signal a Leak
Because the system tracks your historical usage patterns, it can immediately see if there’s an unusual spike or a drop in use. A spike could indicate a leak somewhere in your gas line, while a drop might mean your furnace has stopped working.
Refill Your Propane When it Makes Sense for You
Making a system more efficient also means saving money. When you have an accurate picture of your current propane levels, you should never need an emergency refill with its extra fees.
A monitoring system is even better than signing up for automatic refills when you aren’t using as much propane as usual. When service is only scheduled when the tank is actually low, you can reduce the number of times a technician comes out and maximize the fills they do make thus reducing extra hazmat fees which are charged per each delivery.
Never Worry About Running Out of Fuel
A big part of the convenience factor is never having to worry about walking into a cold house because the tank ran out of fuel while you were away. It’s one less thing on the checklist when you plan to open a house for a holiday visit. While the alerts are nice to have, you can set your system up for your service to handle monitoring and delivery scheduling for you. You’ll be notified, but everything can be taken care of without you having to be involved.
Monitors are a No-Brainer for Vacation Rental Properties
Every summer, the population of Long Island jumps by more than 200,000 as people return to summer homes in the Hamptons and on the North Fork, to enjoy our beach weather. It’s estimated more than 68,000 houses on the island serve as second homes for seasonal or recreational use.
Anyone with an occasional use property definitely benefits from propane tank monitoring since there usually isn’t anyone around to keep an eye on the tank gauge. While you might not be keeping the house toasty warm in the winter, the heater uses some fuel, along with year-round appliances such as the pool heater, spa, or backup generator. Because Long Island is in a cold-winter-weather zone, running out of propane can lead to serious pipe damage. If you have a rental property in the area, a tank monitor is also a great tool as you can’t always rely on tenants to keep an eye on the gauge for you. You might be contractually obligated to keep the tank filled to a certain level, so a monitor can help you maintain that.
Monitors Help New Propane Users Understand Baseline Usage
Some areas of Long Island do not have natural gas lines, so those homes have relied on oil for heating and electricity for other needs. As propane has become cheaper than oil, some are making the switch to propane uses like heating and cooking. With no usage history to pull from, a monitor can prove more practical than trying to guess when a refill is needed.
Add a Propane Monitor Service to Your Tank
For Long Island residents, propane serves to provide heat, hot water, pool heat and more to homes year-round. Even if you don’t live in your home all the time, a propane monitor service can prove useful to ensure everything is working as it should even when you aren’t there. Just choose between our Smartfill or Monitored Will Call service. Propane Depot can install our Smart Tank monitoring device at any time. Since the tank is outside, you don’t even need to be home to take advantage of the service. Contact us today to request a quote for propane refills and monitoring service and take one thing off your worry list.