Small business owners encounter many difficult decisions when managing their company, but going with an electric tankless water heater should be an easy one. Electric tankless water heaters help to maintain a healthy and safe work environment, provide savings and assure reliability.
Legionnaires' disease is a common problem with storage water heaters. It exists under a number of circumstances, but inadequate temperature in the tank. Storage water heaters undergo standby heat loss, which occurs when stagnant water that's already been heated isn't used. Not only is this a waste of energy and the small business owner's money, but it spawns a breeding ground.
"Storage water heaters are breeding grounds for Legionnaires' disease."
According to OSHA, the disease is more present in tanks when temperatures regularly drop under 140 degrees Fahrenheit. If a system fails during an inspection because traces of Legionnaires' were found, the small business owner will end up paying the fines that accompany it. After the inspection, the proprietor will waste more time maintaining the storage water heater system to avoid the problem again in the future.
Electric tankless water heaters remove the tank from the equation, thereby stopping Legionnaires' in its track. The system will only heat water when it is required at the faucet, which denies the disease an environment to grow in. Small business owners that go tankless won't need to worry about OSHA inspections finding a disease in their water, a comforting thought when every part of your business is under the microscope.
Stay in the black
Switching from a storage water heater to an electric tankless water heater will save owners $100 a year at the minimum on their utility bill, according to the Department of Energy. These savings are valuable for any corporation, but especially new small businesses.
Storage water heaters use double the energy that tankless water heaters use to account for standby heat loss. This is how tankless systems save more money in the long run, because its only using energy once to heat up water, rather than over and over to keep it warm.
By getting rid of the storage water heater, small business owners free up space that would otherwise be occupied by a tank. In cities where space comes at a premium, these inches can make a valuable difference. The National Appliance Energy Conservation Act has updated its regulations and now mandates that storage water heaters be two inches wider and longer. This means small businesses that are tight on space will have to find some way to accommodate the bigger system in their store, and may ultimately have to settle on a smaller tank.A tankless water heater can replace the big, bulky storage water heater and make more room in the business available.
Don't worry about a thing
Electric tankless water heaters are reliable systems that can serve a small business for up to 20 years. Storage water heaters usually have a shelf life of 10 or 15 years, and require routine maintenance to live that long.
Storage water heaters use an anode rod to take the brunt of the rust a system encounters. If the anode rod isn't regularly replaced it can decay completely, leaving the system vulnerable to corrosion. Tankless systems don't store water and give owners the peace of mind that they don't need to schedule a maintenance check-up every year.
Small business owners already have enough on their plate without having to add hot water to their list of things-to-do. They can count on the reliability an electric tankless water heater system provides, and focus their energy, time and resources on more important aspects of their business.