Commercial buildings spend quite a bit of energy on lighting and heating. In fact, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy reports that commercial buildings account for nearly a fifth of the nation's energy consumption and that half of that energy is consumed by lighting and heating. The high cost of utilities is likewise exacerbated by the cost of hot water, and these expenses can become detrimental to a company's profit margins. Problems get worse as a building's need for energy escalate. This overview of water heating tips can help commercial buildings to minimize loss when a building requires more hot water.
Mitigate increasing costs
Adding additional bathrooms or sinks to your facility will naturally increase the daily demand on your building's water heating system. Traditional water heaters store and warm water in a large reservoir, and commercial sized reservoirs are sized to meet the capacity of a building's daily hot water use. Greater demand for hot water empties the reservoir more quickly, forcing your building to refill and reheat water in the reservoir. Alternatively, TecHomeBuilder notes that tankless hot water heaters can reduce energy waste by supplying the exact volume of hot water needed by the facility. Upgrading water heater technology is a great way to offset the long term costs during a building expansion.
Deliver point-of-use heat
Replacing facility's entire set of water heaters with tankless models may not be feasible for your company. However, tankless water heaters can still be used to offset greater demand on your utilities. Installing tankless water heaters at point-of-use alleviates the need to put extra demand on existing water tank heaters. Alternatively, a tankless water heater could be used as a temperature boosters for a system prior to point-of-use. FacilitiesNet notes that high-end tankless water heaters can deliver thermal efficiency up to 98 percent, making these appliances perfect for reducing your building's monthly costs.
Limit construction time
Expanding your facility can cut into your profit margin by slowing down your business. Noise pollution from construction may distract employees or turn off potential employers. Installing tankless water heaters as temperature boosters often takes less time than removing old water heaters and installing new ones. This saved time translates to fewer labor hours and less time spent by your facility undergoing construction.