Billi Taps vs. Mains Fed Water Machine: A Comparison Guide on What is Right for Your Business
18th November 2019
Is your business considering a move from a basic tap water supply in the office, to more innovative solutions such as the popular Billi Tap System or Mains Fed Water Machines? Well you have come to the right place! This guide provides you with everything you need to know about both solutions, including a comparison on price, energy savings and machine features.
What Are Billi Taps?
Billi taps are Instant Boiling and Chilled Filtered Drinking Water Systems that rely on delivering world class customer service experience. Billi design and manufacture a range of energy efficient filtered water systems that offer a reliable performance to all. The first under counter water system was developed in the early 1990s and was instantly recognised as a premium product with its space-saving design, built to serve the working environment.
Billi Taps have their very dual-temp dispenser technology featuring the option for chilled, boiling and sparkling water all in one. Leading the Billi range is the Eco and Quadra boiling and chilled drinking water systems, designed for high operation use. Both systems provide a generous combination of instant boiling and chilled filtered water from a single tap and as a very compact single undersink unit. They require as little as a 13 amp power supply and one feed of cold water.
What is a Mains Fed Water Machine?
Mains fed water machines can also be referred to as plumbed in water cooler systems. Water is drawn from the main water supply and into the machine without the need for plastic bottles, hence, reducing your carbon footprint in the process. They eliminate the hassle of storing and changing heavy bottles, like you would on a water dispenser and save on throwing away millions of plastic bottles.
Otherwise known as Point-of-use (POU) coolers, they are plumbed in directly to the main water line, turning your ordinary tap water into filtered drinking water readily available to your staff. Mains Fed Water machines are more suited to bigger organisation that need to satisfy high demands. They often come in two different size varieties, which include either desktop or free-standing to suit everyones’ office water dispenser needs and require to be plumbed into a mains-water supply.
The Benefits of a Billi Tap System
1. Energy Saving Eco-Modes
Billi’s unique heat exchange systems use state-of-the-art technology allowing a large amount of heat to be absorbed and stored. This heat is then generated during the chilling cycle to preheat boiling water and making huge energy savings. A stand-by mode can be activated after a pre-set time of non-use. It will turn off automatically to conserve energy.
Billi systems are less than half the size of other models and machines in the industry, allowing you to make the most of your available space. They act just like a normal tap, except they offer additional qualities including, hot, cold and sparkling water that has been filtered clean.
3. Safety Features
Billi taps have a red lock icon which shows when the safety switch has been activated. Simply press the switch to release the lock and depress or raise the left hand lever to dispense boiling water. This prevents any accidental spillages and risk of burns with the system guaranteed to revert back to safety mode automatically after 8 seconds of non-use.
4. Adjustable Chilled and Boiling Water
The chilled water temperature can be adjusted to your liking, to between 6 and 15 degrees centigrade to suit your requirements. Billi systems can also identify the boiling point during start up mode and can set the temperature accordingly to ensure your boiling water is close to boiling point at all times when required for making teas and filtered coffees.
5. Cost Effective
Billi taps are very beneficial for your business finances in the long-run. In comparison to the average kettle costs of 2.5p to boil, Billi taps cost as little as around 0.09p a day. Due to the reduced use of energy and water in comparison to other water systems, Billi systems are less expensive to run. You will also be making savings in terms of water usage, saving around 100 litres per year.
In terms of practicality and innovative technologies such as eco-saving modes and impressive safety features, Billi solutions are a popular choice for modern working environments looking to make huge energy savings and provide both boiling and chilled water throughout the working day. Switching to a Billi tap negates the need for kettles, reducing waiting time for hot drinks. Check out our full range of Billi Taps here.
The Benefits of a Mains Fed Water Machine
1. Huge Environmental Savings
The most important benefit of a Mains Fed Water System is that there is no need to use or waste plastic water bottles, due to the fact they are plumbed directly into the water mains. You can be completely plastic free with this type of system in the workplace, minimising your carbon emissions and reducing your carbon footprint in the workplace.
2. Infinite Water Supply
Mains Fed Water Machines use a special filtering process to ensure the amount of chemicals and bacteria that can be found in tap water are massively reduced. You will not be left waiting for the next bottled water delivery to arrive because Mains Feds systems provide a constant supply of safety-filtered water on tap. There are several different types of filters you can use in a water cooler to purify your water. You will have instant chilled or ice cold water to give your employees and visitors the right impression.
3. Convenience and Flexibility
Mains Fed machines are space-saving and suitable for bigger offices with a large number of staff at their disposal. They offer an ease of service and quick solution to providing fresh, filtered water in the workplace. Installing Mains Fed Water Supply means you no longer have to worry about deliveries, lifting and replacing heavy bottles on the cooler or moving bottles to store them away.
4. Cost Effective
With a plumbed in water system, there are no additional costs or purchases once you have purchased or signed up to lease the machine. You will not be required to pay more for future water bottles or additional expenses.
Mains Fed Water Machines are therefore ideal for anyone wanting a fixed cost, eco-friendly alternative to a fast-paced environment and unlimited filtered water. There are a number of premium water brands to choose form including Borg and Overstrom. Free-standing Water Dispensers offer Cold and Ambient filtered water all-day long, and offer a modern, contemporary feel to the office environment. Check out free-standing models here. Alternatively, you could try the Desktop model available as either a direct chill or reservoir system ideal for offices requiring intermittent usage.