Have you considered installing a water heater timer for a business to save energy? Are wondering if it could be beneficial to the bottom line? Let’s see.
How Efficient is a Water Heater?
First, it’s important to understand how the standard water heater operates. Most standard tank water heaters actively run for only a few hours a day. And, energy-efficient models run even less than that. What that means for you is that your water heater is already “off” for most of the day in a typical office setting.
Note: Active hours of use will vary depending on the type of business you own.
Second, all water heaters experience “standby loss.” This term refers to the amount of heat the tank loses when not in use. Over time, a minimal amount of heat transfers through the walls of the tank and slowly leaks energy.
A slow energy leak may sound bad. However, these losses are extremely low even in older, less efficient water heaters. And, if you have a modern energy-efficient model (which means any model made after 1998), the standby losses are so low that installing a water heater timer may not be worth the trouble at all.
Types of Water Heater Timers
A variety of devices control water heater timers. Here are the most common types you can expect to find.
- Programmable Timer
- Switch Timer
- Box Timers
- Z-Wave and WiFi Timer
- Countdown Timers
When is a Water Heater Timer for a Business Worth It?
Now that we know more about water heater efficiency, the question remains, is it worth it for you to install a water heater timer for a business? The answer is…it depends.
The most significant savings seem to come when users can shut the water heater down during peak energy usage times. Peak times generally fall between the hours of 7 am to 8 am through 8 pm to 9 pm. So, unless you’re a business that’s closed during these hours, overall, installing a water heater timer for a business won’t give you the return your looking for.
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