How to choose your filtered water dispenser?
A water dispenser in Australia is a common sight in homes and offices providing filtered chilled drinking water and hot water for beverages such as coffee and tea. It has become a basic necessity to have the convenience for better productivity and better living. There are numerous types of filtered water dispenser and many different features and options to choose from – so how do you decide which water dispenser is the best for your individual needs?
Do you need cold, hot or warm water?
Well, most basic reason why we get water dispensers is the convenience in providing water in desired temperature. Many dispensers incorporate two separate tanks for water at different temperatures. Mainly they are for cold (5- 7°C) and hot water (80-95°C). There are some dispensers which serve warm water and water at room-temperature instead of hot water. This can prevent any accidental scalding during the dispensing process and makes this type of dispenser popular in family areas where young children are present. (Almost all hot water dispensers come with child-safe feature for the hot water.) Many basic dispensers however only come with hot & cold options. But you can mixhot and cold to customise it to the temperature you desire. Fancy ones come with as many as 5 temperature options.
Some specialised dispensers serve only chilled and some only hot.
So first you should think about why you need a water dispenser. Is it only for chilled drinking water, such as for outdoor park or in a clinic? Do you need to provide hot water for beverages like tea and coffee or instant soups or even noodles? Some water dispensers are specially for hot water only, like boilers we see at F&B & cafes and coffee shops. Some models have separate switches for hot and cold and if cold is not require, it could be switch off to save energy.
Countertop or freestanding water dispenser?
Once you have decided on the type of water you need, you should decide which model of water dispenser will be best for you. There are two basic types available: countertop and freestanding models. Countertop water dispensers are very common at home as they can simply be place on a table or kitchen countertop. They do not occupy any floor-space. Free-standing/ floor-standing water dispensers are very common in offices and placed where many people need to access the dispenser.
Both models are typically available for use with bottled water or pipe-ins (direct pipe-ins / direct piping).
Bottled or bottleless water dispenser?
Bottled water dispensers are usually free-standing models. Depending on the vendors, in Australia, a bottle of water could be 16 or 19L bottles and cost $8 to 15 per bottle. Offices with no water source in office will have to use this or bottled water dispensers. Theses bottles are treat at the plant and ship to the offices.
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If you choose a direct piping water dispenser
You will need to consider the installation requirements for the filtered water dispenser. These dispensers are typically installed about 2 metres from the mains water supply and will require an electrical socket /outlet to connect it.
In addition, water dispensers connected directly to the mains water supply, typically use a filter. This filter removes chlorine, organic matter and other possible contaminants from the water dispenser. A filter change is usually require in 6 to 12months.
Other things to consider:
- Budget & recurring cost of changing the filters
- No of pax users & capability of dispenser
- Type of filtration preferred
Other fancy features like these are also available in water dispensers in Australia:
Cleaning / Anti- bacterial technology: UV Technology, which helps prevent bacteria, and SIP Technology, which reduces cleaning and maintenance,
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