Things to Know About Getting a Water Cooler – Before You Get One
As water shortages become more of a stark reality globally, and water quality is compromised in South Africa due to irresponsible management of water systems by municipalities polluting the Vaal Water System , it is not always easy to have access to proper, pure drinking water.
Water coolers, whatever their type or model, are well-known modern-day solutions for businesses and private homes alike. They supply filtered, purified or similar drinking water at a reasonable cost. Before deciding on which system best suits your needs, have a look at a few water cooler related considerations you may need to factor into your decision.
What to Consider for Water Coolers
Buying your water dispenser means you have to consider the costs of accessories, service and maintenance in addition to the water cooler price itself, while renting is basically the same (you “own” the dispenser for the duration which you are a client – and typically receive the company’s bottled water delivered to your door), with other maintenance and swop-outs often included in the contract.
On the other hand, renting might be the most interesting option: the dispenser is usually provided and installed for free; filtration systems, water bottles, maintenance and other services are also generally included. Moreover, when your water cooler needs replacing, you will get a new one, and you will be guaranteed the latest technology and the safest water possible.
Some water coolers are more technologically advanced, but also more expensive. Hot water taps are a versatile system, mains fed and providing hot, cold and even sparkling water. However, prices are considerably higher than a regular free-standing water cooler, and because they’re a permanent system – buying is more likely than renting.
Remember the accessories and maintenance! In addition to the water cooler price, you should also consider other related costs, such as maintenance. Cleaning and sanitization are tasks you can carry out yourself, but replacement parts, water refills and such may be free only with certain types of rental contracts.
If you’re using a plumbed-in water cooler, factor in filter cartridges, which typically require changing annually bi-annually, under normal conditions of use. Filter cartridge prices range in price dependant on the complexity of the system they’ll be used in.
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