Water coolers are a common thing these days in homes and offices across the country. People are looking for clean, healthy water to keep them hydrated, and water coolers are a convenient, budget-friendly way to provide it. There are other pieces to the world of water coolers besides the actual cooler itself.
A brief water coolers industry overview helps you understand how to choose a water cooler.
1. The retail store you purchase your water cooler at may not provide service to deliver bottled water to your door.
2. You will need to decide whether you want your office water coolers to be bottled water coolers or bottleless water coolers.
3. You will need to decide the type of water you want your office water dispensers to hold.
Decide if you want to purchase water coolers through a retail store or a distributorYou can purchase a water cooler at a retail store, but in most cases it is up to you to provide the water cooler dispenser and the bottled water. If you want to purchase the whole package, you can buy your water cooler and a monthly service to take care of drinking water coolers for you on a regular basis. However, to save money, you can consider what it would take to monitor and service the water coolers yourself.
Choose whether you want a bottled water dispenser or a bottleless water dispenserBottleless water dispensers have advantages that bottled water dispensers don't offer; however, having a bottleless water cooler isn't always an option. Bottleless water coolers hook right up to a cold water source and provide filtered water without having to store bottles and having constant delivery and service needs. But, with bottled water dispensers you have more flexibility with the placement of your water cooler. It's important when deciding on your cooler to asses where in your office you plan on putting your water cooler and whether it has easy access to a water hookup.
Realize that not any old water will do in water coolersThere are many different kinds of water that you can choose to run through your office water cooler if you choose a bottled water cooler. Keep in mind what your provider offers may limit your choices. Common choices include: spring water that comes from an underground spring, distilled water which undergoes a vapor process and purified water created through any number of different scientific methods.
- Something else to consider when choosing your water cooler is how and when you will clean the unit. If water sits in your dispenser for long periods of time, it can create mold. Water coolers with cooling units are less likely to develop mold as quickly.