As of July 2015, water coolers for home use are sold online at Costco, Lowe's and Amazon.com. At each site, many of the water dispensers have user reviews and ratings based on a five-star system.
Cleaning a water cooler usually requires using a mild bleach solution to rinse out the interior reservoir of the device. You need bleach, a bucket, a scrub brush or sponge, water and rubber gloves. A water cooler can usually be cleaned in under an hour.
A cold-water-only water cooler uses 0.3 kWh per day, which equals about $25.00 a year. A hot and cold water cooler uses 2.8 kWh per day, or an estimated $227.00 a year. Adding a timer to these water coolers drops the usage per day and cost per year slightly.
The Home Depot and Costco sell water coolers and accessories as of 2015. Other water cooler vendors include Sears, Lowe's and WaterLogic. Brands sold by these retailers include Hamilton Beach, WaterLogic and Igloo.
Both Igloo and YETI manufacture coolers that are suitable options for bottled water, as well as other beverages. Some specific coolers Igloo produces include the 50-quart Yukon Cold Locker and 70-quart Yukon Cold Locker. Some specific coolers YETI produces include the Tundra 35 and Tundra 45.
The most common types of drinking water dispensers are mounted, point of use and bottled. Mounted water dispensers are typically intended for public use, such as drinking fountains in parks, schools and retail stores.
Evaporative air coolers blow air across a damp surface, which causes the air to cool down as it absorbs moisture. The system works in much the same way evaporating sweat cools down the body. Depending on conditions, these coolers can reduce air temperature by more than 20 degrees.
Most automotive oil coolers pass heated oil through a radiator-type device equipped with a fan that forces air through coils to dissipate heat, explains About.com. Some systems prevent oil overheating by constantly forcing water or liquid coolant through a maze of tubes. Viscosity is drastically red
Painting a cooler requires applying and sealing paint. Before painting a cooler with acrylic or oil-based paints, sand and prime the cooler first. Due to lengthy drying times, this project takes two to three days to complete.
For areas where recycling is not available, reuse water cooler bottles in a variety of ways, including planters, coin banks and dock floatation. Obtain empty water cooler bottles from office buildings, schools and repurposing centers.