Tips for Heating Contractors

Heating and water heating systems are critical to most businesses, but also represent a large component of many facilities’ utility expenses. Heating and cooling systems have advanced significantly in design and efficiency.

Heating System Tips:

  • When specifying a new heating system, provide your customers with quotes and specifications for both a standard-efficiency and a high-efficiency unit, including lifecycle costs.
  • Consider recommending energy recovery ventilation systems to reclaim waste energy from the exhaust air stream and use it to condition the incoming fresh air.
  • Install programmable thermostats and use automated settings to help achieve savings.
  • For facilities that have heat-generating processes such as cooking, or onsite distributed generation equipment, consider heat recovery as a way to capture free waste heat and use it to offset facility heating and cooling costs.
  • For areas such as warehouses and garages, consider installing radiant heating. Radiant heating warms objects instead of the air, and requires less fuel. Radiant heat is also useful for warming exterior areas that require heating, such as patios and waiting areas.
  • For facilities that have heat-generating processes such as cooking, or onsite distributed generation equipment, consider heat recovery as a way to capture free waste heat and use it to offset facility heating and cooling costs.
  • Many buildings are impacted by what goes on inside the building just as much as (and sometimes even more than) the weather conditions outside. That is why it is important to properly size equipment and consider the use of a demand controlled ventilation system coupled with economizers to meet the internal loads of the building, e.g., commercial kitchens, computer data centers, etc.

Water Heating System Tips:

  • Connecting an indirect-fired water heater to an existing forced hot water heating system is one of the most efficient ways of heating hot water. Furthermore, they can be installed without additional exhaust piping.
  • On-demand tankless units prevent standby energy losses that exist with storage tanks and can be a great option for restricted or limited space as they can be wall mounted.
  • Installing a condensing storage water heater can save up to $15,000 over its lifetime from lower natural gas usage relative to a standard efficiency option. Typical return on investment compared to a standard efficiency commercial water heater is two years. Many high efficiency options provide fully modulating combustion for higher overall operating efficiencies and longer service life, advanced electronic controls for easy-to-read diagnostics, and adjustable advance temperature control.