Commercial water heaters are in demand where an unlimited source of hot water is needed. Restaurants are a prime user with a constant need to provide water with temperatures that are high enough to ensure proper sanitation cleanliness. Hot water is essential in all areas of the hospitality and health care industries for many uses that relate to cooking and cleaning in addition to other practical purposes. Some use it to reheat foods just prior to serving as a time-saving process.
Tankless water heaters are not a new development, but many businesses are using them for the various advantages that they offer over traditional types. They can provide hot water instantly, and the supply never runs out. Advanced technology has developed a superior product that is durable and practical, requiring only a minimal amount of space. They conserve energy by providing hot water on demand. The parts in a tankless commercial water heater are often made of recyclable materials and they have easily replaceable parts. The ease of servicing the units extends the operating life of the equipment.
The compact design of commercial water heaters today allows for installation almost anywhere in a kitchen, an important factor when considering the limited space that is typically available. Space in a kitchen is usually at a premium, so a hot water heater that does not require much of it is appreciated by the cook staff and owners as well.
A commercial hot water heater that uses a tank as a storage area is undemanding on space requirements as well. The volume of a tank is increased vertically, and height is usually not a concern in the use of space in kitchens. The footprint seems to matter more to people who need a commercial hot water heater. The storage capacity for a vertical tank can range from 200 to 950 gallons and a diameter from 32 to 54 inches for some models. The amount of hot water that is available and stored in a relatively small space is very functional for most commercial kitchen applications.
Tankless water heaters typically can produce continuous supply of hot water, though there are considerations regarding the types of heating methods that are used. Water heaters that use a tank for storage can typically supply a large amount of water for relatively short periods of time. Both types are economical in the amount of space they require. The way the water is used and how much of it is required are likely the determining factors in choosing one type over the other.