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Gas vs. electric booster heater – what’s a business owner to do when it comes to choices regarding commercial hot water heater options?
First, if you are a business that’s decided you want to go with a high temperature warewasher (aka a sanitizing dishwasher that doesn’t require the use of chemicals) then you will need a booster heater to get the water up to sanitizing temperature. That’s when you need to make the choice between an electric or gas booster heater.
Reliable Water Services makes the case for a gas booster, but an electric booster unit may work for your business as well. Let’s go over the pros and cons of each.
Electric booster heaters are generally cheaper up front, in both initial purchase and installation. They can also fit into a pretty small space – even under the washer or right next to it on the wall. However, that cheap up front costs is followed by very high monthly increases in your electric bill – especially in times of peak demand.
Your gas option, however, will cost you one-third the cost over the long term. They also last much longer than their electric counterparts. However they are much larger than the electric option and require venting – so you may have some initial upfront costs to deal with.
So that’s the gas vs. electric booster heater wrap up!