by Kimz

A good water dispenser can be considered as an investment.

For home use , you will save money by reducing your bill for buying bottled water which in average costs R50 a week! That is R2600 a year. More if you buy more bottles.

If you run a small business, then it would be wise to invest in one because no doubt your customers will appreciate the convenience of having fresh filtered and cold or hot water available to them, at all times without having to leave the office or store simply to get some elsewhere.

Water dispensers are also more space-saving and convenient than using bulky jugs and pitchers that you need to refrigerate or heat, every time.  And who doesn’t like something that is utmost hygienic?!? Unlike glass containers wherein bacteria can settle over time – these water dispensers are also hygienic options for the entire family. Some premium models even come with their own filters.

Point-of-use models are usually countertop or wall-mounted units that can be installed at a sink, allowing water to be dispensed from the tap – as long as they have a large water tank of 50 liters or more. The dispenser will filter and add some chill with its integrated cooling system.

Some models come with two taps for your convenience – one just for cold and another for hot. One good example is the Luma Comfort WP56 water dispenser. It has a LED display, which allows you to select between hot and cold options, maintain optimum hygiene levels using crisp temperature settings of 0 to 60 degrees Celsius, and program your energy usage easily by pressing simple buttons on the body of the machine!

With all these these positive reasons for owning a water dispenser, here’s a quick guide for you on how to choose the right one for your home or office.

Consider the following factors when deciding which water dispenser to buy.

Bottle-less Water Dispenser vs Bottled Water Dispenser:

With bottled water dispensers, the user gets the convenience of enjoying unlimited access to drinking water at any time. Bottleless models are considered more convenient because you don’t need to buy bottles and replace them later. Another plus point is that you don’t have to recycle. These dispensers also boast of better hygiene levels since there is no contact with a bottle anymore – this improves social acceptance and reduces costs for maintenance and replacement of filters like those found in the bottle-refillable type. The only reason why most people would use bottled water over these ones is that they want their water purified or chilled prior to consumption ( eg: cold water). In fact, bottled dispensers can be used for pure / distilled water as well!

Capacity of the Dispenser

The amount of water you want your dispenser to contain is a good factor to consider. This will determine the capacity size that you should buy. The average small bottle of water is 1 liter while large bottles are 5 liters and they usually cost more per unit because they are more convenient for consumption, especially for large groups like office set-ups.

Water Temperature

Some dispensers will only offer room temperature and cold water, others will have hot and cold water while some have cold.  Cold water only dispensers are the most common, since most people prefer cold water over hot. Moreover, with the cost of electricity rising, you might be glad to know that a cold dispenser is more economical than one that offers chilled and hot water.

Types of Water Filtration

You might be thinking about installing a water dispenser at home, but it depends on what you have now. Some homes are still using filters that use heavy metals like copper and zinc for the process of removing chlorine from tap water. Read reviews about how clear or turbid the output is from each model – this will tell if it removes all sorts of impurities in your drinking water. You might want to consider replacing your old filter with one that uses granular activated carbon (GAC) or membrane filters; these type of filters are more effective in removing contaminants like bacteria, chemicals and sediment particles found in our local water supply. These internal filters can be cleaned or changed easily by the homeowner making them cost-efficient and user-friendly purchase choices!

If you want filtered and chilled or heated water at the same time, then go for dual purpose models which can filter and chill or heat your tap’s output at different temperatures.

However, if you’d go for bottled water dispensers, investing in more expensive filters may no longer be necessary because you are already buying filtered water refills. The area that you may need to pay more attention to in this case is the drainage or cleaning mechanism of your water dispenser. And that leads us to our last consideration:

Drainage and Maintenance of Water Dispenser

More expensive water dispensers may come with a cleaning and maintenance system already in place, but cheaper models usually don’t have this convenience. One thing to remember is that the filter of your water dispenser should be replaced/cleaned regularly – it’s good to do so every 6 months to ensure utmost safety of your drinking water.

If you are looking into buying a bottle-refillable type of water dispenser, you will need an additional storage area or space where you can easily refill bottles that hold up to 5L of purified drinking water. You also need to consider the frequencies in which you will fill up your empty bottles as well as the cost involved if you still buy bottled refreshments after purchasing your own home or office water dispenser! Refill bottles are often cleansed by your refilling station but it’s also best to conduct your own regular cleaning of your water dispenser. For those without filter, make sure to clean your dispenser once every two weeks.

It’s also practical to purchase large containers where you can store water so that it can be filled up when needed.

Regretfully, most of us still do not have a lot of knowledge about our local drinking water supply. But the good thing is: we can easily change this! Going back to your initial consideration, there are quite a number of options available in both bottle refillable and bottled models. So if you’re planning on drinking more purified bottled drinking water, or considering purchasing a dispenser for use at home or office; just remember these considerations first!

Getting More Information Related to Water Dispensers

If you want to learn more about types of water filters and faucet systems that you could install in your dwelling place, check out this list.

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