A Need For Confidence And Redundancy
With an average of 155 inmates in residence, the Montrose County Jail cannot be without hot water for any significant length of time, or it may have to relocate inmates to other facilities. When its previous water heating system started to experience wide temperature swings with inconsistent water temperatures and frequent failures that were expensive to repair, the maintenance staff recognized they needed to make a change.
Montrose County Facilities Master Plumber & System Installer Daniel Hutson oversaw the replacement of the water heating system, and during the planning and design phase of the project, the staff reviewed several different system options. The jail needed a solution that would offer redundancy to eliminate downtime, while supplying enough hot water to power the facility’s 119 sinks, 37 showers, laundry facilities and commercial kitchen. Additional influential factors included cost, equipment footprint, efficiency, precise temperature control, noise levels and ease of future expansion.
During the review process, Hutson and his team evaluated several potential solutions and determined that Rinnai’s Tankless Rack System featuring 18 tankless units would best meet the facility’s needs. After careful deliberation, there was a common consensus that the Rinnai Tankless Rack System offered an unmatched redundancy factor, allowing for uninterrupted hot water and the lowest chance of any system downtime.
While Hutson and his team believed Rinnai excelled in virtually all areas of consideration, the only aspect that gave them pause was the initial cost of the system. However, once the long-term repair and replacement costs were estimated and included, the initial higher cost was offset significantly. Plus, the added energy savings from the system made any cost difference almost negligible.