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Most people think of propane gas only as fuel for their grill or RV. But, it’s one of the most versatile and powerful sources of energy around. And it’s quite useful for commercial water heaters. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of using propane water heaters for a business.

How Does it Work?

Propane water heaters burn liquid propane to heat the water. The thermostat’s responsibility is to control the water temperature by initiating the ignition on the pilot light, igniting and burning the dispersed propane gas. When the water reaches the desired temperature, the thermostat shuts off the gas valve and pilot light. Propane water heaters have two water fixtures that allow the overflow of hot water and inflow of cold water into either the tank or thermal pipe system (as in tankless systems).

Now that you know how they work, let’s see how they may benefit your business.

Propane Water Heaters for a Business

Because propane gas water heaters have a fast recovery rate (nearly twice that of an electric water heater), they can get more hot water from the same size tank. Propane models are also extremely durable and can last for many years with minimal service requirements. Let’s look at some other pros and cons of using propane to heat your water.

Pros of Using Propane

  • Lower set up cost
  • High efficiency
  • Reliability
  • Quick recovery rates
  • Fast performers (heats water nearly 40% faster than electricity)
  • Lower operating costs
  • Wide selection of sizes, installation, and venting options
  • Reduced risk of power problems
  • Smaller carbon footprint

Cons of Using Propane

  • Maintenance costs accumulate
  • More expensive than natural gas
  • Fossil fuel use
  • The potential danger of carbon monoxide emission
  • Power vent models can’t operate during power outages

As you can see, propane has quite a few benefits.

Wholesale Prices. Top Commercial Brands.

Selecting a new commercial water heater for your business isn’t an easy decision. But choosing where you buy it from and how much you pay should be. At Wallingford Sales, we offer wholesale prices for a wide range of top commercial brands. Choose from a variety of propane, natural gas, and electric-powered commercial water heaters. Please let us know if you have any questions. We are here to help.

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