Commercial kitchens in places like restaurants, bars, and hotels require domestic hot water systems that work quickly and efficiently because business depends on it. In fast-paced environments where hygiene is of the utmost importance, a steady supply of hot water helps keep your kitchen and your dishes sanitary as you carry on with your busy day.
A hot water booster is a small device installed directly on your waterline that provides additional hot water when your tank runs out. They are compatible with both electric and gas tanks, and they activate when they sense that your water temperature has dropped below a set temperature, providing you with an additional supply of hot water.
Hot water is essential to kitchen cleanliness and food safety standards for several reasons:
- Proper equipment sanitation: all dishware must be clean and sanitized in order to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Bacteria live on dishes and it’s invisible to the naked eye, so the only way to ensure dishes are clean is to wash them with extremely hot water or with sanitizing solution.
- Personal hygiene: kitchen staff must be trained in handling and serving food, and this includes frequent handwashing with hot water.
- Surface sanitation: when you wipe down surfaces and other equipment, it should be done with a cloth soaked in hot water, because hot water kills more germs and is more effective at removing dirt, grease, and other debris.
Commercial kitchens are known to be chaotic, with rushes during breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so continuously cleaning dishes and silverware can easily become a challenge. While some kitchens hire people to wash dishes by hand, this isn’t necessarily the most cost-effective option and it’s much more efficient to use a dishwasher. Plus, when you use a dishwasher you can set the water to the exact temperature you require. The FDA Food Code offers guidance on the ideal temperature at which to sanitize your dishes, and with a hot water booster you know you’ll have an adequate supply of hot water at all times, especially when things get busy.
Efficient domestic hot water systems
Installing a hot water booster is a straightforward process – they are small, they don’t take up a lot of space, and they can usually be installed alongside your existing hot water heaters. Most modern commercial kitchens have plenty of space to accommodate hot water boosters, and an experienced engineer can survey your plumbing system and check that it’s fit for installation.
Before the hot water booster is installed, there are several features to be aware of: a temperature setting that allows you to choose the water temperature at which the hot water booster turns on, a low water signal that prevents the system from overheating when water levels get too low, a large enough capacity to meet the everyday demands of your commercial kitchen, and the pressure requirements of your dishwashers.
Hot water boosters come in both electric and gas form, and a certified engineer will need to assess your plumbing system to determine which one is most compatible with your kitchen. Both systems deliver hot water to your kitchen on demand, and both systems ensure your dishes are sanitized at the proper temperature.
For more information about domestic hot water systems, or if you have any questions about commercial hot water boosters, please contact us today and speak to a member of our team. Discover why so many people choose us as their domestic hot water control system supplier. We look forward to hearing from you.