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Natural Gas Meter Reading and Monitoring
Heating homes, lighting fireplaces, drying clothes, and cooking meals are just a few of the applications fueled by natural gas. More and more household appliances run on gas or are being converted to gas for better energy efficiency. Consequently, this utility can become expensive. Monitoring gas through accurate meter reading and monitoring is essential to complete cost recovery for multi-tenant property owners. At Commercial Water & Energy, we strive to provide our customers with the very best in gas measurement and control.
How Gas is Measured
Natural gas is usually measured by volume and calculated in cubic feet. To measure larger amounts of gas, a “therm” is used to denote 100 cubic feet, and “mcf” is used to denote 1,000 cubic feet. The number of “therms” that residential natural gas customers consume each month is listed on their gas bills. Generally, 1,000 cubic feet of natural gas is approximately enough to meet the natural gas needs of an average home for four days.
Types of Natural Gas Meters
There are a variety of gas meter manufacturers that design meters to offer modular flexibility and measurement accuracy for residential and commercial applications. Diaphragm meters measure gas by constantly filling and ejecting gas to produce a near continuous flow of gas through the meter. Rotary meters are capable of handling much higher volumes and pressures of gas and measure gas by letting out a certain amount of gas by spinning rotors. A turbine meter is used for low pressure systems and measures the quantity of gas used by estimating how fast it is passing through the meter.
To determine the appropriate gas meters for your residential or commercial property application requires knowing the line pressure (variable or constant) at the point of installation and knowing the maximum flow requirement (BTUH or SCFH). Additional information such as: pulse output, 4-20mA output, flow direction (vertical up, vertical down, horizontal) all helps to determine the best meter for the application. Contact Commercial Water & Energy and we will work with you to choose appropriate gas meters, install them with little disruption to your tenants or operation, and monitor them for accurate utility billing.