Commercial Vs Residential Water HeatersCommercial and residential water heater sizing are poles apart. Commercial water heaters are used for establishments such as hotels, office buildings, apartments and restaurants. Residential water heaters are quite self-explanatory. There aren’t as many sizing options when it comes to residential water heaters. The common sizes are sufficient to cater to a home of four people even at peak usage times. Commercial water heaters operate under much different circumstances in comparison to homes. This means that additional factors must be considered when determining commercial water heaters, especially those operations that require a steady supply of water to remain in business like restaurants, laundromats, hotels and more. Experienced professionals will be best able to guide you for a water heater size that will comfortably accommodate your needs. The marking on water heaters and the lingo used is best understood by one who has been in the business for a while.
Factors to considerThe physical size of a water heater is not always what is being referred to. The physical size is just one contributing factor. Storage capacity and input are other important features to consider. The model numbers on water heaters indicate how many gallons of hot water can be stored as well as the power of the burner. In order to figure out the perfect combination that works best for your business, you will have to identify the required hot water supply. Here is a checklist for things to consider:
- Number of fixtures used in your establishment, the number of sinks, dishwashers, pools, showers, washing machines etc.
- Number of hours the business operates—e.g. 24/7 or lunch/dinner hours only.
- Your location. Whether or not seasonal changes affect the temperature of water needed in the area.
- Venting requirements or restrictions