Over the past decade, there has been a surge in the number of water coolers in the home. Water coolers were once a thing for the office, however, the trends have changed as more and more people have realised the importance of having pure, filtered water at their disposal.
There is certainly more understanding of water coolers in general in terms of the benefits in which they bring; save water, money on bills, healthier option as opposed to tap water and water coolers are now sleek and stylish with many options available depending on individual needs.
The water cooler appliance in the home certainly encourages more people to drink more water, which is only a good thing, as water is a proven benefit to people’s health. For example, there is a less likelihood that people will get dehydrated if water is readily available.
The downside to there being so many types, sizes, and models of water coolers on the market, is that, it is very difficult to know which one is ideal for you.
Due to the difficulty in understanding which is the right one, this article looks at the several types of water coolers available for your home. After all, it is important to get it right first time, as they are quite expensive to install (over the long term however, they will save you money on your bills).
Water Cooler Vs Water Dispenser
Not all water dispensers are water coolers, whereas, all water coolers are also water dispensers.
There are two different types of water dispensers:
- One that cools the water
- One that doesn’t cool the water
Both types of water dispensers can more often than not accommodate for the varying sized water bottle re-fills. The choice of water dispenser comes down to personal preference; whether or not there is a requirement for chilled drinking water or not.
Countertop Vs Freestanding
It can be difficult to imagine exactly where a water cooler for your home can fit. You think about the amount of space it would take up and may think that you simply don’t have enough. However, water coolers can fit on the countertop of a kitchen’s work surface or table, meaning there’s plenty of space to install one. Also floor standing units are available to install; these are often slender, but tall.
Before purchasing a water cooler, firstly decide where exactly you would like to have it set up.
Both countertop and freestanding water coolers require an electricity supply; therefore, make sure there is one nearby to where you plan on installing the water cooler.
Cold & Hot Water Faucets
Water coolers have at least one faucet (either hot or cold); hot water faucets are warm enough to make a cup of tea or any other hot drink, but bear in mind, they do not quite reach boiling temperature. It could be a handy option to have both water faucets to provide hot and cold water, but only do so if you’re actually planning on using the water cooler for both.
Just note that it could be a waste of money if you purchase a water cooler that supplies both hot and cold water and you don’t intend to use it for hot water purposes for example.
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James, the author of this article has worked in the water cooler industry for many years and with that has gained vast experience and knowledge of the water cooler industry.