Tips For Reading A Gas Meter
Understanding a gas meter is essential to a homeowner or business that requires monthly gas monitoring and accounting. The gas meter determines the amount of gas used and provides accurate data on consumption. Most gas meters are driven by the force of your plumbing pipe moving air through the pipe and slows as the flow increases. To understand how gas meters function, you really only need to classify them into two basic types.
Positive displacement gas appliances look like pressure gauges
as they display an open-topped shape with the top flat surface normally black but may be green or amber depending upon the model. These are commonly found in commercial applications such as restaurants and commercial ovens that require accurate reading of the supply pipe for supply to the oven or other gas appliances. You must read the supply pipe at regular intervals to ensure that there is not a leak because if it does the appliances could overheat or start smoking. Some negative displacement gas appliances are installed on homes and can be found in various places around the home and will display an “out” sign if the supply pipe is too close to a draft exchange.
Gas meters are easy to use and are powered
by a small electrical source that is usually wall-mounted or plugged into a household electrical socket. The gas meter uses a low-imagine ratio type of meter that measures the amount of gas produced. This means that the higher the percentage of flow, the more accurate the meter’s reading will be. Some suppliers offer both positive and negative displacement gas meters that make it possible to read a gas meter from any distance. These meters are more complex than their positive displacement counterparts but are often more expensive.
Once you have decided which type of meter you will need
the next step is to decide on what supplier or company to purchase it from. Because all companies do not always follow the same rules when it comes to gas standards, you must do your research and only purchase from a company that has been approved to provide the correct gas flow measurement for your area. If you are unsure as to whether or not a given company meets these standards, then you will want to verify this with the supplier before you make your final purchase. You can visit the website for the gas supplier of your choice and request a copy of their approval paperwork. This should include a letter from the General Contractor (or his representative) stating that the company meets all required standards, as well as proof of regular readings by a certified technician.
The next step is to choose a good location
in your home to read the meter regularly. You should ensure that the meter can be clearly seen by anyone sitting outside your home, and this should preferably be in a place where you may have access to it at all times. It is best to avoid reading the meter in places where there are many distractions such as televisions, radios, and other electronics as these can potentially interfere with the accuracy of your measurements. Your reading will become inaccurate if there are many sources of interference.
Finally, if you would prefer to avoid
having to read electrical and hybrid meters, you may want to consider purchasing an electric meter instead. There are many electric meters available on the market today, and you can easily find one that will meet your needs. Just because you are considering an electric meter does not mean that you must choose a traditional gas or electric meter. In fact, many new homes are now using electric meters as they provide better accuracy than their gas counterparts.