There are no two ways about it: hydration is important. Everybody, even babies as young as 6 months old, needs to drink water and other fluids. For adults, this is about 15.5 cups or 3.7 litres for men and about 11.5 cups or 2.7 litres for women. Nothing says that these fluids need to be exclusively water. However, water is one of the best options for staying hydrated simply because it doesn’t pack any extra calories.
Good thing that in most parts of Australia, potable water is rather easy to come by. Whether you’re at home or in the office, you can easily find an accessible source of drinking water. To make things even easier, there are various reputable water filter Perth suppliers to ensure that your family, guests, and colleagues always have access to clean, refreshing water.
If you don’t yet have a water dispenser at your Perth home or your workplace, perhaps it’s time to consider getting one. Here are five of the most common types of water dispensers available in Perth to help you choose the one that best suits your needs.
1. Bottled Water Dispensers
Bottled water dispensers Perth, as the name suggests, dispense water from a bottle that is usually 3 to 10 gallons in capacity. These dispensers are best suited for places like waiting rooms or conference rooms in offices where there’s no direct water line. You can also use a bottled water dispenser at home if you’d rather not drink the water from the tap.
There are two types of bottled water dispensers: top-loading and bottom-loading. Top-loading models require you to lift the bottle and turn it upside down so that the spout is slotted correctly. Meanwhile, bottom-loading models have a sort of “cabinet” underneath where you place the bottle in an upright position. From here, you can connect a tube to the bottle’s spout so that the dispenser can draw water from the bottle.
2. Piped-In Water Dispensers
Piped-in water dispensers are also called point-of-use (POU) or bottle-less dispensers. They are connected to a home or office’s main water supply and have multiple filters that ensure the purity of the water that comes out. Usually, this type of water dispenser is placed in or near the kitchen so it’s easier to connect to the main. They are also more hygienic, as the design eliminates the need for third-party bottled water suppliers that may not have safe, up-to-standard water bottling practices. Of course, this is assuming that you have access to clean tap water. One downside of piped-in or POU water dispensers is that, obviously, it has to be near plumbing. Still, it’s one of the most convenient types of water dispensers since you don’t have to worry about replacing a bottle once it’s empty.
3. Wall-Mounted Dispensers
This type of water dispenser is similar to POU models. However, instead of a box-type or tower-type unit, you have a small wall-mounted or recessed dispenser connected to the water supply. This model is often found in commercial establishments like hospitals or schools, with the unused water draining into the building’s waste disposal system.
Wall-mounted dispensers, which are also called water fountains or drinking fountains, have a tank that contains chilled water. In addition, these dispensers usually have a button or lever that activates the flow of water; more modern models have sensors. Note that wall-mounted water dispensers may or may not have filtering or treatment systems, so clarify this detail with your chosen water dispenser provider.
For home use, wall-mounted water dispensers often have spouts pointing downward. There’s also usually a platform where you can place a standard-size glass or tumbler that you can fill with water. This type of water dispenser is extremely convenient, although again it has to be placed somewhere near your home’s plumbing system.
4. Tabletop Water Dispenser
If you need something smaller, say you live alone, have limited floor space, or only have a small company, you may opt for a tabletop water dispenser. Depending on the model you get, a tabletop water dispenser works either like bottled water or POU dispensers. You can place it on a table or countertop in your home’s dining room or kitchen or perhaps an office pantry. Again, do note that this type of water dispenser is small. If you have a big family or a large office, you should opt for other types of water dispensers.
5. Freestanding Water Dispensers
Usually, freestanding water dispensers make use of water jugs or bottles placed spout-down into the machine. There are also tabletop versions of this type of water dispenser that, thanks to technological developments, also have options for hot and cold water like their larger counterparts. Freestanding water dispensers are often used in the horeca (hotel, restaurant, cafe) industry, as well as in events that require catering services.
Depending on the supplier and the model you get, your dispenser will have integrated filtration and purifying systems to ensure that you get clean water for drinking and cooking. The cooling processes may also differ from model to model (the two most common methods for modern units are vapour compression and thermoelectric cooling). Moreover, not all models may have options for hot and cold water dispenser.
Finally, there are also water dispensers that have an added function for carbonation. These models have a container of compressed carbon dioxide inside the cooling tank, combining the gas with the cooled water as it is dispensed. As soon as the carbonated water is dispensed, the mixer tank refills with both cold water and carbon dioxide. This kind of water dispenser is ideal if you’re used to drinking sweetened carbonated beverages but would like to make the shift toward healthier options.
The bottom line is this: you need to keep yourself hydrated and a water dispenser makes it that much more convenient to meet this health goal. It doesn’t matter what kind of water dispenser you get, as long as it meets the needs of the people at home or at the workplace. Hopefully, this list has helped you determine which type is the most suitable for your drinking water requirements.