There are many questions and many decisions, but they all need to be answered in order for your workplace to have the right water dispenser for your needs. But what water machine and hire questions are you seeking answers to?
#1 How many water dispensers will you need?This question effectively relates to capacity. If you have a large staff group, you will need more than one machine, preferably based in different areas of your workplace. Water dispensers can deliver a certain number of cups of water per hour – you will see this highlighted in each product description - and if you opt to buy or lease a water dispenser, you need to be confident it can deliver the water at the right temperature. For example, if you opt for a chilled water machine, it will take a few minutes for the water to pass through the chilling and filtration system, thus if you have ‘overuse’ of that machine, the water is not quite chilled enough.
#2 What range of water temperatures do you need?Water dispensers are versatile pieces of office kit and can fulfil many needs. Most people are accustomed to water dispensers offering chilled water and water at ‘room temperature’, better described as ‘ambient’. But did you know, some water dispensers offer hot water too? This means waving goodbye to the kettle and long queues when making a brew. Water units can offer a combination of ambient and chilled water, as well as ambient, chilled and hot water (a perfect 92° for the perfect tea or coffee). Which do you think would suit your workplace?
#3 Where is the best place to put a water dispenser?Locating a water dispenser is just as important as leasing or buying the right machine to serve your needs. All too often, businesses invest in a water dispenser but fail to give thought to its location thus, it sits gathering dust with only occasional use. Water dispensers need to be located in;
- High traffic areas – the more people that pass by and see the machine, the more people are likely to use it.
- Accessible areas – it takes a matter of seconds to fill a small paper cup or glass etc. but if the water dispenser is in an area where it is a nuisance to stop and take a glass of water, it won’t be used.