The Boiler Room Blog

Advice on commercial water heater selection, maintenance and safety issues for businesses that rely on a steady supply of hot water.

early signs of water heater failure

Early Signs of Water Heater Failure

Know these early signs of water heater failure. You may be able to prevent a water heater failure emergency before it happens.

If you run a restaurant, hotel or apartment building, just thinking about a “no hot water” situation might make you panic. No dishwashers or no showers? No thank you! After all, you need hot water to run your business. Remember: your commercial water heater is a mechanical piece of equipment. So it’s not a matter of if your water heater will fail—it’s a matter of when. Eventually, all water heaters fail.

But you can be prepared. Look for these early signs of water heater failure—and learn what to do when your commercial water heater is acting up. Read on!

Commercial Water Heater Options

In the Know: High-Efficiency vs. Standard-Efficiency Water Heaters

The more you know, the more informed your choice – and that’s good for business!

In today’s economy, the term “high efficiency” is often a draw for business owners looking for long-term money savings with the latest and greatest equipment. Whether you own a restaurant, hotel, apartment building, or any application that requires a great deal of hot water, your decision to purchase high-efficiency or standard hot water equipment should be an informed choice.

how to choose commercial water heater options

Correct Commercial Water Heater Sizing: It’s No Guessing Game

When you’re in the market for a new or replacement commercial water heater, correct sizing is crucial to the success of your business. With so many commercial water heater options out there, here’s what you need to know to get it right.

Depending on your commercial hot water usage requirements, there may be multiple water heater tank sizing options to meet your needs. With so many options available, how do you know what type and size water heater to choose? We can help point you in the right direction.

make up air

The Importance of Make-Up Air

Airflow is just as important to a building as keeping the lights on and the water running. When it comes to water heaters, it’s an important safety issue as well.

Builders spend a lot of time and effort ensuring the elements don’t get in. More precisely, they do their best to route the elements where they want them to go: the rain goes down the rainspouts on the side of the building and the air goes out the exhaust fans of a ventilation system. While you might be entirely able to manage water, air is a much trickier element to control. Knowing how to control the air flow through a building keeps heating costs down, protects equipment from damage and keeps employees happy.

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year-round outdoor dining

The Benefits of Year-Round Outdoor Dining

While eating outside during the summer is the best time, it’s not the only time.

Eating outdoors is one of the simple pleasures of the restaurant experience. When the weather is good, the food tastes better, the drinks seem stronger and the experience can’t be found anywhere else. In places like the Midwest, setting up an outdoor dining areas might seem foolish for a space that can only be enjoyed a few months out of the year. The truth is an outdoor space can be enjoyed without the permission of Mother Nature for those restaurants willing to put in a little extra effort beyond the slow and easy days of summer.

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Best Beer in the Midwest

Midwest is Best: The Best Beer in the Midwest

The Midwest has hundreds of breweries, taprooms, gastropubs and other businesses pumping out beer on a daily basis. Let’s take a look at the best beer in the Midwest.

Seeing as the Midwest known for amber waves of grain, it makes sense it would also gain a reputation for producing some of the country’s heartiest beers. Milwaukee and St. Louis have been brewing hubs for decades. The craft beer explosion has also roped in brewers from small towns featuring big tastes. If you’re looking for a new brew to sell in your restaurant or something to inspire your brewmaster, check out the beers we’ve selected here as the best beer in the Midwest.

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retirement home features

What Do The Best Retirement Homes Offer?

Finding a community that meets your expectations or fits your loved one’s lifestyle means taking the first step to get informed.

When the time comes to choose a retirement home for your loved one, you want nothing but the best. There are many options for senior care these days, each providing different advantages for people who value different things. Talking to your loved ones about what they want is an excellent first step. Discussing the options presented here is a good way to start the conversation.

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housekeeping tips

Housekeeping: Overlooked Tasks When Cleaning Guest Rooms

Your housekeeping staff works hard to ensure the best experience for your guests.

Humans are a messy species. Your housekeeping staff likely has some fascinating anecdotes about the strange things left behind by guests at your hotel. They should have a checklist of all the common things they need to do after a guest checks out, like change the bedding and towels. But there are a lot of other small things that should be considered while your staff is in the room. These small tasks can add up to big savings by keeping guests happy and avoiding the hassle of switching rooms or offering refunds should the guest find something amiss.

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retirement communities

Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities

A well-built community makes your property more than a building; it makes it a home for tenants and a hub for an excellent reputation.

Although the common belief is that tenants of a certain age seek to move to warmer weather or assisted living facilities, that’s not always the case. Naturally occurring retirement communities, or NORCs, have been discussed by urban planners since the 1980s. Much like neighborhoods that grow around ethnic and economic backgrounds, these communities grow around residents living and ageing together in the same building for many years. Many of these communities have developed programs to offer social and healthcare services to their members, but you can make your building more attractive to such a community by offering amenities and services that appeal to their demographic. The twist? Many of these features also appeal to younger tenants, too!

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hotel restaurants

The Importance of In-House Restaurants To Hotel Profits

Take the time to go beyond customer expectations. Hotels CAN offer much more than great room service.

On the list of reasons to stay at your hotel, your restaurant is likely ranked pretty low. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Hotels are expected to have restaurants even if most guests think they only need them for breakfast and room service.  The rooms division of a hotel will always be the leader in profitability but other revenue streams can make the difference between scraping by and looking to expand. Taking the time to make your hotel’s restaurant stand out can mean not only keeping more guest dollars in house, but representing your local community.

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