Commercial hot water systems: managing hot water demand on your premises

15th December 2023

Commercial hot water systems: managing hot water demand on your premises

Commercial hot water systems are a vital resource for many business properties, from hotels and restaurants to healthcare facilities and manufacturing plants, hot water is a functional tool and essential commodity for sectors across the board. A reliable and efficient hot water supply is essential for daily operations, but managing the demand for hot water in commercial premises can be challenging. 

Business owners need to maintain their commercial hot water systems with professional help to comply with regulations, manage risks such as legionella contamination, and provide the right amenities to secure the well-being of both employees and customers. 

In this blog post, we’ll explore how hiring a professional team can help businesses obtain reliable hot water, eliminate the associated risks, and ensure compliance with regulatory standards.

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What are commercial hot water systems used for?

Commercial premises vary significantly in their hot water demands and usage, depending on the industry and scale of operations. For example, hotels require hot water for guest showers and laundry, while restaurants need it for dishwashing and food preparation. 

Hospitals rely on hot water systems for sterilisation, while manufacturing or industrial facilities use them for various industrial processes and operational detailing.

Due to the diverse nature of these operations, businesses must contact a professional water supply system engineer to install the necessary equipment and perform maintenance as necessary. 

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Why is maintaining my commercial hot water system necessary?

There are various reasons why businesses need to correctly maintain their commercial hot water systems, from a legal and CSR perspective. Some examples include:

  • User comfort

For commercial properties that are designed for public use, such as hotels, restaurants, cafes, and hospitals, an efficient commercial hot water system ensures that the visitors are provided with the necessary amenities and helps to create a positive impression of the business.

Professional teams will administer regular maintenance and emergency repairs to ensure that your system is running efficiently for customers and staff alike. 

  • Legal compliance

Compliance with the UK Building Regulation 2010 is non-negotiable when it comes to hot water systems in commercial premises. Failing to meet these standards can result in legal consequences, damage to a business’s reputation, and most importantly, puts the health and safety of employees and customers at risk.

Professional teams conduct themselves in accordance with these regulations and can ensure that your hot water system adheres to them. Additionally, certified teams can also help with the necessary documentation, regular inspections, and maintenance for your system.

  • Legionella control

One of the major risks associated with unmaintained hot water systems in commercial premises is the potential for the growth of legionella bacteria, which is responsible for Legionnaires’ disease, a severe and sometimes fatal form of pneumonia. 

Commercial facilities, particularly gyms, spas, leisure facilities, or properties with complex plumbing systems, can be at high risk for legionella contamination if their hot water systems are not properly maintained over time.

Professional teams are well-versed in legionella prevention and control. They can design hot water systems with features such as temperature control, regular flushing, and disinfection systems. This proactive approach not only eliminates the risk of legionella growth but also helps businesses remain compliant with regulations governing water hygiene and safety.

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Do I need professional assistance for my hot water system?

Managing the demand for hot water on commercial premises is a task that demands a tailored approach. By entrusting your system maintenance to a professional team, you’re receiving the ultimate support and peace of mind that your premise’s hot water system is functioning correctly.

Hiring a professional team to assess your business’s water usage allows them to design and install a commercial hot water system that meets the diverse demands of your business more effectively.  HVAC Engineers can integrate more energy-efficient technologies such as solar water heaters, heat pumps, and water storage solutions. 

By tailoring the system to your business, you’ll maximise energy efficiency and minimise water waste, saving both money and resources.

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How can Enright Environmental help?

With the above in mind, business owners may feel that the best course of action for maintaining their commercial hot water system and ensuring the comfort of all visitors is to contact a professional team of hot water experts. This is where Enright Environmental can help!

We are a leading supplier, installer and maintenance provider of quality hot and cold water supply systems for industrial and commercial clients across the North East.

Whatever your business needs, our team has the knowledge and expertise to assess, design, and install a bespoke system that meets the needs of your business. 

Contact us today to discuss how we can assist your business with its commercial hot water system.

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