QSR January 2023


2023RestaurantMantra: Operational Efficiency

The tankless water heater reducing energy use by 40 percent while saving space.

Fromthe pandemic to labor shortages, to inflationary input prices, and now to a potential recession, it seems that the res taurant industry is under constant attack. While riding the storm out is the only solu tion for most of these issues, some restau ranteurs are finding that operational effi ciency is one area they can control and leverage for their advantage. An often-overlooked cost in the restau rant industry is the inefficiency of stan dard tank-type water heaters. A mostly unchanged technology over the past half century, these units are not only ineffi cient from an operational viewpoint, but they also demand valuable floor space and have a relatively short life span. Imagine if you could repurpose half the space taken by your current water heaters, while saving more than 40 percent of the energy costs— all without losing any of the hot water capacity of your current system. These are the benefits experienced by many res taurant systems that specify Intellihot as a preferred vendor. Intellihot, a leading innovator in the commercial tankless water heater indus try, designs and builds equipment specifi cally for the high demands of restaurants and commercial applications. The com pany's water heaters are engineered for quick “drop-in” replacement of existing heaters, and, through an innovative pro gram, Intellihot will guarantee the sizing of its units to meet the demands of restau rants, or it will upsize the water heater at

Typically, restaurants size a tanked unit for their needs, then install a duplicate tanked unit as back-up. Intellihot elimi nates this need by engineering redundant heat engines within their heaters, so if a heat engine is taken off-line for mainte nance, other engines within the heater will seamlessly make-up the needed capacity with no need for the cost, space, and main tenance of a second system. Intellihot even offers a smart device (called the telliBot_ai) that easily connects to existing water heaters to determine their remaining life. It records tempera tures, water flow, and the number of ser vice cycles for 10 days, providing an accu rate prediction of the remaining life of the unit or units. By pinpointing an estimated failure date, pre-emptive replacements can be made during low-demand times. With cash flow being paramount dur ing these economic times, Intellihot also provides a water heater leasing service. Intellihot guarantees 99.99 percent uptime, while providing 24/7 factorymonitoring of the units—all while eliminating the capital expense of a newunit. Installation, mainte nance, and any necessary repairs are han dled by Intellihot. Finally, if future-proofing a business with a tankless electric water heater is important to a restaurant now, Intellihot just released the world’s first tankless heat pump water heater for commercial use. By providing sizing guarantees, built in redundancy, saved floor space, reduced

no additional cost. In fact, five different sizing calculators are provided on the company's website to assist in selecting among its 12 heater sizes.

energy costs, 24/7monitoring of units, and predictive replacement timing, Intellihot has made waves in the water heater industry with real innovations in available products and services. RET

To learn more, visit intellihot.com .




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