BUILDINGS - Smarter Facilities Management

02/02/2015

3 Reasons to Switch to Tankless Water Heating

Secure energy, space, and lifecycle savings

By Jennie Morton

 
Tankless Water Heater

If a steady supply of hot water is needed for your business operations, it may be time to ditch your old water heater. A tankless water heater will secure energy savings while delivering all the hot water your business needs to stay afloat.

Key Advantages
Tankless water heaters run on electricity or gas and can supply hot water for a variety of end uses, including showers, dish washers, laundry machines, lavatory faucets, and kitchen sinks. They are suitable for any commercial setting that has high water demands, even if those periods are intermittent.

“When a tankless heater fires up, it senses the temperature of the incoming water and a computer microprocessor determines the amount of energy that’s needed to deliver the water at the temperature setpoint and flow rate,” explains Michael Stebbins, president and founder of trutankless, a manufacturer.

The benefits of tankless extend far beyond longer showers – they will lower your water heating bill, ensure demand is always met, and free up space in your utility closet.

1) Avoid Down Time
For many businesses, having hot water for clients is part and parcel of the experience they provide – it’s a necessity that directly connects to the bottom line.

“If you don’t use a lot of hot water, tankless is simply nice to have. But if your demand is high and your business depends on hot water, you can’t afford to have down time if you run out,” says Ansley Houston, director of Rinnai’s Commercial Division, which distributes heaters.

Rather than being limited by the number of gallons your storage tank holds, tankless heaters provide an infinite amount of hot water. Think of settings such as a hotel, hair salon, or spa – customers walk away dissatisfied if they aren’t provided with services that depend on hot water. It can be equally disastrous for a restaurant to have to close their doors for health reasons if enough hot water isn’t available. Tankless technology ensures these scenarios are obsolete.

“You can also create redundancy by connecting multiple units on a rack,” explains Houston. “If one goes offline because of maintenance, your entire system won’t be compromised as other units can pick up the slack. If your water demand changes in the future, you can scale up or down accordingly.”

2) Conserve Energy
Tankless heaters only consume electricity when there is a need for hot water. Storage tanks, however, continuously use energy to keep a reserve of hot water.

Consider your facility’s peak times for hot water. In a school, there may be a rush after gym class for showers and a period over lunch for kitchen preparation, but otherwise how water needs are minimal. Then there are holiday and summer breaks when demand drops even lower. Every hour you aren’t using energy to heat water provides instant savings.


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