Home water coolers can give you a constant supply of fresh, clean, cold water. But with so many different kinds on the market, how do you know which one to choose? In this article, we'll take a look at the different types of home water colors and the various features you might want to look for to help you choose the best product for your needs. Whether you're interested in an inexpensive tabletop cooler or a more elaborate free-standing model, you'll want to make sure your home water cooler is efficient, effective and of the highest quality in your particular price range.

Consider Energy Efficiency

According to the United States Department of Energy, water coolers in homes and businesses consume about 5 billion KWh per year - that's a lot of energy! In fact, a standard water cooler that heats and cools water can use more energy than a refrigerator. You can make a difference (and save yourself some money) by purchasing a home water cooler othat has the ENERGY STAR seal of approval, or at the very least, claims to use less energy than other models. Look for the ENERGY STAR on the box or on the product itself when purchasing a water cooler from a retail store. The Primo Water Cooler & Dispenser is an example of a high-quality, energy star rated model that uses 25 percent less power than traditional dispensers.

Consider Extra Features

Some water cooler models are very basic and simply serve as a reservoir for cold water, while others actively cool the water for you and come equipped with a variety of features. The more expensive models provide both hot and cold water on demand, and many allow you to control the temperature via a thermostat. Less expensive models simply hold the water, cool it and dispense it when needed. Are you willing to spend more money for extra features? Try looking online at the different types of home water coolers to decide if they features they offer are worth your money. Some of the more common features you're likely to find include filtration systems (so you can pour in tap water), child safety controls, LED indicator lights, push button faucets, removable drip trays for fast cleanup, and the ability to use different size water bottles.

Consider Size

Perhaps one of the most important things to consider when you're looking for water coolers for the home is the amount of space you have available. Home water coolers come in many different sizes from very small tabletop models to large free-standing floor models. If you live in a small apartment, for example, you'll probably want to consider a tabletop cooler. While individuals with lots of extra space in the kitchen can likely accommodate a larger free-standing cooler. Make sure to read the product dimensions to ensure you have enough space before purchasing.

Consider Your Price Range

Water coolers for home use come in a wide range of prices, from around $25 for the most basic to hundreds of dollars for the larger models. You can buy a small plastic cooler, like this one from Rubbermaid, for about $25. However, expect to pay $150 or more for energy star compliant free-standing models with hot/cold water and extra features. When it comes down to it, consider your price range first. When you know how much you have to spend, you can then start looking for the highest quality home water cooler in your price range that has as many of the features that you want as possible.