Boiling water taps have become quite popular in recent times. Instead of filling a kettle, all you need to do is fill your cup straight from the tap. For many people, it’s more convenient and can help save on those all-important electricity bills.
How do boiling water taps work?
Boiling water taps work in a similar way to your electric shower. The water is drawn from the mains and is heated by an element and stored in an insulated tank. There are different types of tap available including standalone varieties as well as 3-in1 taps that also have a traditional mixer component. You can now get 4-in-1 systems that allow you to filter the water.
Are they efficient?
On the surface, boiling water taps sound like a good option, and there are several strong selling points that manufacturers point to.
The first is that it is generally cheaper to have a boiling tap than a kettle. The average cost of running a boiler water tap is around 3 pence a day. That’s about the same as boiling your full kettle twice a day.
Additionally, you can fill your cup or pan with exactly the amount of hot water that you need and there’s no waste. It also means you don’t need a kettle on your kitchen worktop and so have more space.
Are there any downsides to boiler water taps?
The biggest problem with boiler water taps is their initial cost. You can be looking at spending well over a couple of hundred pounds and perhaps more depending on the brand you choose. You also need to consider the installation which is not as straightforward as an ordinary tap system. There’s a bit more maintenance to keep on top of too – you will probably have to change filters occasionally and make sure that limescale doesn’t build up.
Which Tap Should You Choose?
There are quite a few different brands out there and a lot will depend on where you are installing your new taps. If it’s for a family kitchen, you’ll want one with a standard tank size of around a couple of litres. For commercial properties, a bigger tank size will be preferable.
There’s no doubt that boiling water taps can save a lot of time in the kitchen. For families, one of the biggest concerns is ensuring they are safe with kids around. The good news is that all quality boiler water taps have safety measures in place.
Installing boiling water taps
If you are planning to get boiling water taps, it pays to get some advice and installation expertise from a good local plumber. As a Bristol based plumbing and heating company, DHS has the team on hand who can make sure you choose the right boiling water tap for your property and ensure everything is installed safely.
Contact us by calling 0117 924 7200 or fill out a contact form.