Food service industry experts know that restaurants can increase their revenue by avoiding code violations, cutting operating expenses and appealing to customer preference. Introducing new menu items that utilize uncooked ingredients, for instance, plays on growing interest in "raw" foods while reducing preparation time. However, the biggest savings can't always be achieved by messing with the menu. Cost cutting at a restaurant may require managers to take a step back, analyze the process as a whole and search for logistical solutions. For example, the unique advantages of a tankless water heater allow a restaurant to perform all three money-saving strategies at once.
Minimize code violations
The financial repercussions for failing a health code inspection could be devastating for any restaurant. Several of those codes are directly related to water temperature. Hand washing stations, food preparation sinks and large dishwashers must all deliver hot water at a certain temperature for a restaurant to meet health requirements. A single code violation could incur huge fines to the restaurant and put the establishment at risk of being shut down. Such violations will also be recorded by the health inspector as part of a restaurants permanent record.
Health code violations also cut directly into profits by tarnishing the brand image of the restaurant. Rumors of health code violations will drive customers out the door and soil the reputation of the establishment and its employees. Unfortunately, even a basic malfunction in a tank storage water heater can lead to irregular temperatures and the potential for insufficient water heat. Furthermore, storage tank heaters are typically overtaxed during peak business hours. Redundancy in water heaters is a solution to several common restaurant problems, says Restaurant Facility Business.
Restaurants can address both issues by supplementing their current water heaters with a state-of-the-art booster that supplies extra hot water to the entire establishment. Tankless heaters can also support pre-existing water heater installations by managing water pressure and correcting insufficient temperatures. High-end models provide precise temperature control.
Reduce utility costs
Tankless temperature boosters are the perfect support system for getting the most out of existing storage tanks. However, getting the most out of these outdated machines may still translate to a loss for the restaurant. Establishments looking to cut into their utility costs and power use should instead consider replacing their storage tank heaters instead.
Tankless models provide several efficiency benefits over storage tank heaters. Tankless heaters have impressive thermal efficiency. Over 99 percent of heat generated by tankless heaters is transferred directly into the water the machine delivers to the restaurant. Storage tank heaters by comparison are only able to successfully utilize 65 percent of generated power to heat water. Finally, restaurants can count on tankless water heaters to provide maximum performance for a minimum of 20 years. This reliability is part of what makes tankless heaters an obvious upgrade for aging, corroding storage tanks.
Boost sustainable appeal
Statistics point toward a surging customer interest in restaurants that follow sustainable practices. In fact, the data suggests that consumers are even more interested in seeing restaurants operate sustainably than they are curious to try new sustainable recipes. The 2014 Cone Communication Food Issues Trend Tracker reports that 77 percent of consumers rank "sustainability" as a top consideration when making food decisions.
Installing waste-reducing devices like tankless water heaters will help a restaurant to qualify for LEED certification. The U.S. Green Building Council awards LEED certification to buildings and businesses that have demonstrated a commitment to green operating standards. A restaurant recognized by LEED is also more likely to attract customers who prioritize sustainable business practices.