The solution takes up less space, too.

From the pandemic to labor shortages, inflationary input prices, and a potential recession, it seems that the restaurant industry is under constant attack. While riding the storm out is the only solution for most of these issues, some restauranteurs are finding that operational efficiency is one area they can control and leverage to their advantage.

An often-overlooked cost in the restaurant industry is the inefficiency of standard tank-type water heaters. A mostly unchanged technology over the past half century, these units are not only inefficient from an operational viewpoint, but they also demand valuable floor space and have a relatively short lifespan. Imagine if you could repurpose half the space taken by your current water heaters while saving more than 40 percent of your present energy costs—all without losing any of the hot water capacity of your existing system. These are the benefits experienced by many restaurant systems that specify Intellihot as a preferred vendor.

Intellihot, a leading innovator in the commercial tankless water heater industry, designs and builds equipment specifically for the high demands of restaurants and commercial applications. The company’s water heaters are engineered for a quick “drop-in” replacement of existing systems. Moreover, through an innovative program, Intellihot will guarantee the sizing of its units so they can meet the demands of restaurants. Otherwise, it will upsize the water heater at no additional cost. In fact, five different sizing calculators are provided on the company’s website to assist in selecting among its 12 heater sizes.

Typically, restaurants size a tanked unit for their needs and then install a duplicate tanked unit as back-up. Intellihot eliminates this need by engineering redundant heat engines within their water heaters. So, if a heat engine has to be taken offline for maintenance, other engines will seamlessly make up the needed capacity with no need for the cost, space, and maintenance of a second system.

Finally, if future-proofing a business with a tankless electric water heater is important to a restaurant, Intellihot released the world’s first tankless heat pump water heater for commercial use. Called the Electron series, this innovative product absorbs energy from ambient air to heat water. For restaurants that install the Electron in or near their kitchen, this can have an additional space-cooling benefit.

The Electron Series presents a compact, tankless option that can meet compliance-related challenges of recent efforts in banning natural gas in commercial buildings. These units can also be monitored remotely over a cellular network to monitor their life and schedule maintenance in advance to avoid downtime. They offer built-in factory monitoring capabilities, which use AI to consume electricity in off-peak hours and save energy costs. They can also make use of solar power using optional attachments.

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