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How to Choose the Right Commercial Water Heater

commercial water heaterMany organizations, such as those in the hospitality and foodservice sectors, depend on a steady hot water supply to meet daily business requirements. Still, a water heater in a standard office is no less vital for staff comfort and deserves just as much care. When researching your options for a commercial water heater, bear in mind several points, such as the unit’s size and capacity, type of heating fuel, storage options, and your organization’s hot water needs.

To get you started, here are a few basic considerations when deciding on the right commercial water heater for your business.

Commercial Water Heater Type

  • Gas Heaters– Using natural gas or propane to heat water, gas water heaters require great care and maintenance.
  • Electric Water Heaters– Featuring internal components that use electricity rather than gas, electric water heaters heat water and maintain it at a pre-set temperature.
  • Oil-Fired (OF) Water Heaters– Optimally suited for mid-sized commercial use, oil-fired water heaters range in storage capacity from 32-271 gallons. Dual-fuel models even rang upwards to 575 gallons, which makes them an ideal choice for industrial and large-size commercial use. Oil-fired water heaters provide a quick, stable and cost-efficient hot water supply for businesses, which adds value and increases efficiency.

Commercial Water Heater Storage Options

  • Storage Tank Water Heaters- Commonly used in both commercial and residential operations, tank-style water heaters feature a storage unit with heating workings that keep warm water readily available for use.
  • Tankless Water Heaters– Using gas or electricity to heat water on-demand, tankless water heaters heat water only when used.

Commercial Water Heater Capacity

  • Whole-Building Units- Supplying hot water to all outlets in a building, a whole-building unit delivers all required heated water for operations.
  • Point-of-Use (POU) Units– Delivering water to a single fixture or room, POU units are much smaller than whole-building units and thus, require much less energy.

Which Commercial Water Heater is Right for Business?

No matter what industry you’re in, commercial water heaters are an important part to conduct daily business seamlessly. But before investing in a commercial water heater, it’s important to do your research. If you’re looking for improved performance, easier maintenance and a reliable operation with a recovery rate twice as fast as a gas water heater, turn to an oil-fired water heater.

At Point Bay, we offer our clients a Hot Water Heater Service Agreement plan that covers many things that commonly go wrong with a system and also includes an annual tune-up to increase your system’s longevity and efficiency. It will be performed in conjunction with your heating system tune-up. Check out our recent blog post, Benefits of a Low Mass Boiler to read up on more great advantages and contact us for more information!