So What is an Instant Boiling Water Tap?
In essence the boiling water tap is not really a new invention. Most are based around commercial boiling water systems found in many restaurants, hotels and alike around the world.
The Boiling Water taps currently on offer are simply Water tanks to keep water hot and a faucet to dispense the boiling liquid. However Zip does offer a Tap that does everything! from boiling to sparkling water. Zip offers more versatility with just a single tap if you’re willing to spend a bit more.
What Taps Are Available?
There are several taps on the market now with some of the more well-known brands such as Quooker & Zip becoming common household names with programs like The British Bake Off featuring The Quooker Tap. Here is just a few of the instant hot water taps available at the moment worth considering:
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Why Buy A Boiling Water Tap?
There are many reasons to buy a boiling water tap & good reasons to consider keeping your kettle. Boiling water taps can save you money but in general the cost of these taps to buy and maintain will out weight the ability to ever save money!
Andy Smale, technical director at Expert Energy (a Group of independent energy consultants). Calculated that the difference in savings were in fact minimal. Mr Smale said that the amount of energy it would take to make six 250ml cups of tea/coffee on six occasions. With a kettle would cost 5.46p per 24 hrs. When compared to the Quooker Tap Mr Smale found that the same six cups. Would be equal to 5.27p per 24hrs. Showing very little if any savings when you consider the Initial cost of a Quooker tap.
Although his calculations show very little difference in savings. You have to consider very few of us boil just enough water for a cup of tea with our kettles. Quooker have estimated their tap gives you a saving of a hundred litres of water per year! With what would normally have been wasted in over filling kettles. Sounds good but the average 1.5litre Kettle costs around 2.5p per boil according to Npower. So that only equates to a waste saving of £25.00 per year.
So if there are very little savings to be made once you have your boiling tap then why invest in buying one to begin with? For most people there are many reasons for having an instant hot water tap & top of the list has to be practicality! Once you have your tap fitted you have instant hot water 24-7 meaning no more standing around wasting time waiting for a kettle to boil whether your making a cup of tea or filling a pan to boil your veg for an evening meal. Having a Boiling Tap Also free’s up valuable worktop space & with most models having a child safety feature built in they can also offer a safer kitchen environment for your family.
We have installed a host of various boiling water taps over the years in our clients Kitchens & we always recommend Quooker & Zip with Quooker being our all-round favourite on Price, Size of Unit & Reliability.
The Quooker Tap for us offers good value compared to other taps on the market and the Quooker fusion offers both a high quality Tap and Great design incorporating a child safety feature for those of us with young children at home.
We would also recommend Checking how hard your water is? Although we have never had an issue with hardness of water in the area’s we have fitted these taps we have however heard many reports of taps failing after just a year due to hard water issues so bear this in mind.
In conclusion Buying a boiling water tap is not going to greatly reduce your electricity bill. However most boiling water tap owners will agree that these taps are almost life changing. A lot of technology is making life more complicated but a boiling tap simply saves time without complcation! Whether you choose the most expensive unit on the market or opt for the budget option having a boiling tap is for us a must have.
Through The Looking Glass:
Painted Bedroom Case Study
We have great relationships with many interior designers throughout the northwest. This was another project that Southport based designer Lisa Allen had asked us to be a part of.
The project involved several area’s within the clients prestigious home that required furniture. This bedroom case study focuses on just one of the several bedroom’s acanthus Designed & Installed Furniture.
This Painted Bedroom was designed for the clients daughter who was in her early twenty’s and required something that was contemporary, Timeless & in keeping with her age. It was important to work closely with Lisa to ensure we kept within the scheme to produce fantastic furniture that complemented Lisa’s choice of colours & materials within the room.
The Bedroom design started with a simple layout to maximise room space creating a run of wardrobes that featured cashmere carcase (chosen by the client) & utilising simple chrome hanging rail & shelves to maximise the interior space. The wardrobes alone offered generous storage space within the room & the additional dressing table added enough drawer space for makeup, hair products & personal items.
The next step was to offer the client something that was bespoke to them. Would bring the room to life & be in keeping with the scheme set out by interior designer Lisa Allen.
Starting with the addition of our Acanthus Cornice & Mirrored Tray Doors which are unique to ourselves. Working with the scheme of the room we selected Farrow & ball’s No.57 Off Black for painting of the furniture. This was in keeping with the timeless contemporary look required. To balance the black and prevent the mirrors from looking stark against the black we incorporated an antique effect mirror which added depth and warmth to the furniture. In addition to the wardrobe doors the Dressing table also features antique mirror. Using our specialist glass manufacturer we were able to produce all of the mirrors with bevelled edges. Even the smallest of mirrors which most companies would be unable to produce was hand crafted by our specialist Glass-maker.
Over Coming Problems
No job is without its problems. Acanthus take great pride in finding a solution to resolve any possible issues both in the design & during the installation process. Above all ensuring our clients are always happy.
Although this bedroom was able to accommodate large furniture there was an issue raised by the dressing of the window. The client wished to have curtains fitted to the windows that would encroach on the space required for her furniture. So our design had to work around this. We created a small return on the furniture that would house both the curtain rail and the curtain.
This can be seen Pictured below.
All things considered this was a relativity small issue but ultimately a good example of our attention to detail. As a result it is the Attention to detail that ensures the best outcome is achieved every time.
You can read & see more of this Off Black Bedroom by clicking the following link.