A water dispenser has become extremely commonplace in offices and even in certain homes all across the world. This is hardly surprising considering that water and ice dispensers can provide easy access to both drinking water and ice at the simple touch of a button. They are extremely useful in multiple situations as they can provide safe and clean drinking water in a tamper-proof container.
While water dispensers are highly common in offices to ensure that the clients and employees can have convenient access, it may be surprising to know that many homes enjoy water dispensers as well. Certain individuals do not prefer the taste of tap water. In worse circumstances, they do not get clean drinking water directly from the tap. In these cases, residential homeowners turn to water dispensers for safe access to clean water.
It has been noted that water and ice dispensers have a psychological effect on individuals when it comes to how much they enjoy the taste of water. Furthermore, water dispensers can come with an ice bin or an ice dispenser that helps them provide chunks of ice in an instant. Furthermore, most water dispensers in the market provide an option to have the water in either cold or hot settings.
How Does the Water Dispenser Work?
The simplest explanation for the workings of a water dispenser is that they deliver water from a source through a tap using a button or knob for dispensing the water. But how exactly a dispenser works depends on the type of water dispenser you are looking at.
There are primarily three types of water dispensers.
Bottled Water Dispensers
Bottled water dispensers, more commonly known as water coolers are the most common type of indoor water dispensers you are likely to find. They operate by having a five-gallon water bottle placed on top of the machine upside down. With the built-up vacuum pressure, gravity does the rest where you can easily fill any container with water by simply pressing the spigot. By pressing the spigot, air is allowed into the bottle allowing the water to escape into your container. These types of dispensers are commonly available with heating and cooling options prior to dispensing. They are an ideal option for individuals who cannot connect the dispensers to the main water line as they can simply switch out the five-gallon water bottle once it’s over. Another advantage of having bottled water is that you have clear access to filtered and high-quality water that is completely safe to drink. These types of dispensers require an added level of maintenance as you need to keep switching out the five-gallon bottles when they get empty.
Mounted Water Dispensers
Another name for mounted water dispensers is water fountains. These dispensers do not come with an ice bin which is why they cannot qualify as water and ice dispensers. The lack of an ice dispenser stems from the fact that these dispensers are connected to existing water lines in the ground. They can either be mounted to the wall or can be freestanding fountains. Furthermore, mounted water dispensers are tapped into the municipal water supply. This negates the possibility of having an ice dispenser or ice bin along with the water dispenser. These dispensers are also subject to the temperature of their surroundings which is why the water is cold during the winters and warm during the summers from these fountains. Certain water fountains that can be found in large office spaces are connected to an electricity line that enables the cooling of water before dispensing. These types of dispensers don’t have many working parts and have zero mobility, as once they are placed, they cannot be moved to another point
Point of Use Water Dispensers
Point of use water dispensers is highly similar to mounted water dispensers as they also connect to an existing water line. They can be found in both offices and residential homes as they provide convenient access to water. However, point of use water dispensers does not require you to purchase and replace five-gallon bottles to ensure water availability. These dispensers easily filter any water that comes from the main water line. They are able to provide cold and hot water as these dispensers’ store water in a tank that can heat, and cool. These types of dispensers as well are not ideal for ice bins or added ice dispensers. As such, they cannot be classified as water and ice dispenser, even though they can provide extremely cold water.