A nice cup of tea is Britain’s answer to everything unpleasant and stressful in life, and working in an office is no exception! Whether it is a deadline that is getting you down, an argument with a colleague or a particularly complex project, having a cup of tea can somehow make everything better. Whilst the kettle has always played a key part in tea therapy, a more efficient way to provide beverages is with a hot water dispenser.
What is a hot water dispenser?
A hot water boiler is, put simply, a replacement for a kettle. The machine is connected up to the mains water supply, and as the water is drawn off from the unit it is immediately refilled with cold water. As the new cold water enters the container it is heated and ready to be drawn off again. This means that the dispenser provides a constant supply of hot water for those all important cups of tea.
Hot water dispensers are ideal for all environments, but some organisations may choose to invest in a machine that supplies cold water as well as hot. By combining the two together, you can guarantee that your employees always have a beverage to suit their requirements.
What size do you need?
Hot water machines come in a range of sizes and styles to fit in with all businesses, and when choosing a hot water dispenser you will need to find the best one for you. For example, consider the number of people that will be using the machine in peak times, as well as whether the dispenser will be used constantly throughout the day or in bursts.
Secondly, think about the available room that you have in your workspace. If you only have a small office you may want to choose an under the counter boiler, which is unobtrusive and will not take up any essential surface space. Other options include wall mounted boilers and over the counter machines, all of which will make a cup of tea in an instant.
What features should you look for?
When choosing a hot water dispenser there are a number of other features you can look out for to make sure the machine suits your needs. For example:
- A water tank that is well insulated and protects against scalding
- Easy cleaning and easy maintenance
- A drip tray or drain for leftover water
- A temperature setting that is adjustable and a timer
- Minimal escape of steam
Often, organizations choose to rent a hot water dispenser rather than buy one outright. Not only will this save you money on the initial cost of the machine, but it will also save you a lot of time and hassle when it comes to servicing and repairing. The costs of sanitizing, service and any replacement parts and labor will be included in the annual fee, so you never have to worry about fixing your hot water boiler if it goes wrong.
So with a hot water dispenser, not only do you never have to wait for a kettle to boil again, but you are also guaranteed to make the perfect cuppa in a crisis!
Chloe is working on her own novel, but also spends time writing articles and blog posts. Chloe is interested in health and safety, but also enjoys hiking.
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