Commercial buildings require heating, ventilation, and air conditioning just like residential buildings do, but their water needs are often overlooked. While a commercial office space may not necessarily need a full bathroom complete with a tub, they often need more than a dingy water closet with an old toilet and a tiny sink that only gives cold water since the water heater broke. Here's a look at different water heater options for your commercial business.
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Like most products, water heater technology has advanced over the years, giving the savvy business owner non-traditional, money saving options.
Point-Of-Use Water Heater
One of the best options for small offices is a point-of-use water heater. Rather than having a water heater tank in an out-of-the way location and piping in the water, a small tank of cold water is placed in the room it is needed, such as in the restroom or break room. The water is heated and doesn't lose heat as it travels to its destination like a traditional water heater does. Small businesses that rarely use water can even have units that work on a traditional 120-volt outlet plug.
Electric Heat Water Pump Heater
If your business is larger and is located in a climate that is warm year-round, this may be the perfect type water heater for you. A heat pump will draw cooler air from outside in the winter and warm air from inside the building in the summer. They will cool the space they are located in, so they are efficient if placed in the utility room with your HVAC system. These electric water pumps are used to heat a standalone water tank and are an efficient part of meeting your total HVAC system and hot water needs. They can easily be installed by a plumber like those at Affordable Plumbing & Drain Cleaning.
Solar Water Heaters
You don't necessarily need to live in one of the areas of the country that receive ample sunshine to reap the benefits of solar heat, which can save you a considerable amount of money over the years. In warmer areas, a direct circulation solar system is used. This is where the water is pumped directly. In areas that get cold and there is concern about freezing pipes, an indirect system is used, and the water goes through a heat exchanger. Water is collected in a storage tank and then either pre-heats it before entering the water heater tank or combines it all into a one tank system.
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