A business’s plumbing needs vary from those of a residential home, and even from other businesses. For example, a busy office building has little need for hot water outside of the few people who use it for hand washing. They have a high need for toilet fixtures and adequate drainage and water pressure. On the other hand, a restaurant or laundromat uses a significant amount of hot water but requires far fewer toilets.
The challenge for businesses that need a lot of hot water is finding the balance between what you use and what you’re paying in utilities. For some businesses, a tankless water heater is often the solution.
Hot Water: Not Enough? Too Much? How About Just Right?
Using up all the hot water while washing dishes is a major inconvenience and a potential health code violation for restaurants. Rather than running the risk of not having enough hot water, most restaurants choose to pay more in utilities for higher capacity hot water tanks to ensure they always have enough, even if that means too much.
A commercial tankless water heater is a demand-driven solution that provides hot water as needed. Water is quickly heated and dispensed on demand, only using short bursts of energy. In comparison, traditional hot water tanks, use large amounts of energy around the clock because they have to keep the tank’s water constantly heated to a set temperature.
As a bonus, a tankless heater is a compact wall-mounted unit. Businesses that make the switch from massive tanks find that they free up valuable storage space in their utility rooms.
The Balance Between Demand And Costs
Many businesses have found that tankless water heaters strike the perfect balance between demand and energy costs. They pay only for the energy used for the hot water they need. A slow week at the restaurant means low utility costs because of minimal hot water usage. A busier than usual weekend means there’s no risk of running out of hot water halfway through service.
The only downside some businesses see in tankless hot water heaters is the initial outlay. The technology is significantly more expensive than traditional hot water tanks, and small businesses may struggle with the practicality of the investment. However, the major benefit businesses have over homeowners is the ability to amortize large asset investments to incrementally write off the expense and save on taxes over the course of several years. Combined with the fuel savings that businesses begin seeing immediately, a tankless water heater becomes a far more appealing investment.
Plumbing Nerds Can Help You Select And Install A Tankless Water Heater At Your Business
Just like traditional hot water heater tanks, your capacity/use will dictate the type of tankless heater you need. High efficiency tankless heaters can heat more water in a shorter amount of time and are ideal for high-demand industries; smaller businesses can get away with less powerful, and less expensive, models. Plumbing Nerds serves businesses from Bradenton to Naples with all their commercial plumbing needs. Contact us at 239.471.7557 to schedule your appointment for a free estimate to begin planning your conversion to a tankless water heater.