**You Should Read a Gas Meter Regularly**

Reading a gas meter doesn’t need to be a big problem, even for most people. In fact, it can be downright easy! However, if you’re new to the world of gas meter reading, there are a few things that you have to know before you begin to poke and prod at your gas gauge. First and foremost, when you see the numbers in the digital readouts, they don’t always look like numbers you can make sense of. For example, some numbers may say” Travels 20 feet per minute”, while others will say “travels three miles per minute”.

**This is because these readings**

are taking in varying amounts of air pressure and are not all read in the same way. Another thing to keep in mind is that while” Travels” is between nine and 0, “Volume” is between nine. So… before you get too excited, or confuse, take a step back and figure out exactly what these numbers mean.

**The basic units of measurement for gas measuring devices**

are cubic feet per minute (CFMs), cubic meters per second (CPM), and cubic feet per minute (FPM). A CFM is how much water or another volume you are using at any given time. A cubic meter, on the other hand, is how much air or gas is used at the same time. And FPM is how long it takes for the device to complete one full cycle – one complete tick of its meter. These are all important measurements and should be the ones you use for your next reading.

**If you have ever measured air or gas usage**

then you probably already know that FPM is how long it takes for a given unit of measurement to complete one cycle. However, CFMs are measured in cubic feet per minute, which is a little more difficult to wrap your head around. That is why it is so important to use all available information to determine which meter is right for you. Here are some things you might want to consider.

**The primary reason you want to determine your gas flow rate or CFM**

from the size of your tank is so that you can use it to determine your monthly bills. In the US, this information is often used to calculate the cost of energy, also known as energy consumption, or the cost to run our homes. The calculation is actually quite simple: the higher the CFM, the greater the volume of gas or air used. But don’t be fooled into thinking that because you are paying less per unit every month that your usage is somehow low. Remember that the calculation only takes into consideration the calorific value of the gas or air, not the actual weight of it in your tank.

**So, when you do decide that you need to find out your usage**

and take it to your gas supplier, find out about your maximum and minimum usage levels first. That way, you won’t have to guess. Of course, the most convenient method for most people is the one that doesn’t involve any guesswork. Simply use a gas meter that has regular readings on it. This will allow you to see at a glance what your bill actually costs you daily, and you won’t have to make assumptions based on your estimated consumption.