The mere thought of having to bath in cold water during winters sends shivers down the spine. Not just bathing, but also doing other household chores like washing dishes and clothes from the supplied water can be an ordeal. Its nothing more comforting than owning a geyser at your disposal during these numbing winters. Geyser or water heaters in a way are a must for households experiencing chilly winters.
Now, the geyser is a low involvement product extensively used during winters. Many consumers want to opt for a familiar and long-established brand when it comes to geysers. One of such reliable brands in the geyser category is Orient Electric. It is a part of the respected CK Birla Group. Orient Electric is more than a six-decade-old brand, with fully functional manufacturing plants spread across key locations in India like Noida, Faridabad, Guwahati and Kolkata. Moreover, Orient Electric exports its products in more than 40 countries across the globe.
For residential consumers, Orient Electric offers a diverse portfolio of water heaters. From rudimentary immersion type heaters to large 35 litres storage water heaters, Orient Electric has all types of geysers to match the different needs of Indian households. In this article, we will give you a gist of each class of these geysers, their new technologies, and prominent features so that you can make an informed decision when you plan to buy or upgrade your water heater.
Key Technologies in Orient Geyser
Immersion Water Heater
Immersion type water heaters are for those looking for a portable and pocket-friendly method of water heating. It consists of a metallic heating element connected to the mains supply for its operation. It does not contain tank of any sort for heating and storing water; the user needs to insert it in a bucket filled with water to heat it.
Smart Bucket Clip and Neon Indicator
Orient Electric is one of the few reputed brands to offer this type of water heater, and they are ISI certified. Orient immersion heaters come with additional useful features like brass bucket clip for easy hanging, sturdy shockproof bakelite handle, and neon indicator for an indication of immersion usage.
Instant Water Heaters
Today’s fast-paced life demands a quick solution. Time spent waiting is considered as ‘time wasted’. Orient’s instant water heater offers a quick water heating solution. Orient water heaters like Aquapro and Aura Plus lets you enjoy the convenience of on-demand hot water at any time. These water heaters come with a minimal tank capacity of 1 to 3 litres (depending upon the model) and heat the water in a couple of minutes. Orient instant water heaters are best suited for kitchens, office pantries and small bathroom sizes.
Powerful Heating Element and Robust Outer Body
Orient instant water heater comes with an efficient nickel-coated copper heating element which heats the water in no time. The outer body of the Orient instant heater is high-grade ABS plastic which prevents any leakages from the tank. Owing to the robust frame, instant water heating models like Aura Plus can withstand high pressure up to 8 bars making them suitable for high rise buildings.
Storage Water Heaters
Orient offers robust and capacious storage water heaters suitable for the big household having a joint family. Because large families need a proportionally large volume of warm water for bathing, especially during crunch morning time. Storage water heaters are also the right choice for those who reside in the regions experiencing prolonged winter.
Orient storage water heaters generally come with two years of warranty with up to 7 years of warranty on the inner tank.
Ultra-Diamond Glassline Technology and IPX Waterproof Body
Due to the increasing urbanisation, metro cities in India are facing the space crunch. It has led to the rise of multi-story buildings which are a solution to providing shelter to the residents utilising vertical space. But these high-rise apartments lead to another set of challenges. One of them is high water pressure from the supply. Bathroom appliances like water heater become susceptible to this high pressure. Inconsistent quality of water supply from the municipalities further adds to the misery. Many time supplied water is hard, which has high salt contents. High salt in stored water often leads to corrosion of the water tank. Considering these challenges of new urban society, Orient has come up with a unique set of glassline storage water heaters which safeguard against these nuisances.
Glassline storage water heaters come with advanced ultra-diamond glassline technology owing to which geysers can withstand high water pressure of up to 8 bars. It makes water heaters coming with glassline technology ideal for families residing in sky-kissing multi-storey apartments.
The heating element in glassline heaters comes with a special chemical coating that protects from corrosion and prevents scale deposition. The tank is fortified with a new Japanese Antibacterial technology that deters the breeding of bacteria inside the tank. You can rest assured of the high level of hygiene with the glassline water heaters. The outer body of the geyser is IPX4 waterproof body. That means you do not have to worry about water splashes damaging your geyser.
IoT-enabled Smart Water Heaters That Can Be Controlled By An App
One of the toughest things to do in chilly winters is to get off the bed and have a shower in cold mornings. But that’s a part of daily devoir, and you cannot skip it. You need to hop out of the cosy bed to the bathroom and turn on the heater—something which becomes indispensable in the cold climate. Now, wouldn’t it be more convenient if you could switch on the geyser minutes before the bathroom visit so that when you go, you don’t have to wait for the water to get heated? Well, that’s where the new smart range of IoT (internet of things) water heater from Orient comes to the rescue.
After connecting appliances like fans and coolers to the internet through IoT technology, Orient Electric is enabling water heaters with smart features. Orient IoT storage heaters have a dedicated mobile app available on both Google Play Store and Apple App Store through which users can control and monitor the geyser from anywhere using the internet.
Just imagine after a hectic day of work you are on your way back home and plan to take a cosy warm shower to rejuvenate. All you need to do is schedule your hot bath from your smartphone, and when you are home, your geyser is ready to swash you with the warm water for a refreshing ablution! The best part about these smart water heaters is they are compatible with booming smart appliances like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. It takes convenience notch even higher.
Talking about the mobile app of the geyser, it allows you to set the temperature, schedule bath time and monitor energy consumption. It also gives a real-time working status of the geyser and notifies in case there is a problem with the heater.
Gas Water Heaters
Though the conventional water heaters operate on electricity, manufacturers like Orient Electric also offer a new class of geysers called gas water heaters. They use compressed gas to heat the water. These gas water heaters are fuelled either by PNG (piped natural gas) or LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) connections from home.
Although most parts of India get regular electricity, many areas still experience power cuts or inconsistent electricity supply. It is where gas water heaters would be a more reliable solution for heating water. Gas water heaters are much more cost-effective than electric water heaters. Also, all gas heaters are instant water heaters with lesser storage capacity but quicker heating. A gas water heater heats up the water quicker than electric instant geysers and is a truer specimen of instant heating.
There is one caveat, though. You should not use gas geysers in bathrooms where there is no proper ventilation as it may lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Appealing Design with Knobs to Adjust Temperature and Water Flow
Orient gas geysers have a beautiful design and come in a well-crafted and sleek looking body. It comes with three knobs. First is a temperature knob which allows you to adjust the heating temperature for water as per the need. Second is for water flow knob. Using this knob, you can control the speed of the water flowing from the geyser. The third knob is for setting summer or winter mode. The idea behind this mode is that the hotness of water required during winter is different from those needed during summer. So, using this knob, you can optimise your water heating even further by selecting summer mode in summers and winter mode in winters for optimised climate heating.
Advanced Copper Tubes with Variable Pressure Compatibility
Orient gas water heaters come with advanced copper tubes with three-row burners for superior heating. It has variable pressure compatibility that can handle different water pressure starting with 0.1 bar up to 8 bar.
One of the key reasons why consumers are cynical about going for the gas geysers is the safety of the appliance. Orient Electric has taken cognisance of this concern and has designed their geyser with all the safety standards in mind. Like it comes with a 20-minute auto-off timer which shuts the geyser if there is non-usage of the geyser for over 20 minutes. There is also thermal cut off and flame failure protection in case if water temperature crosses over permissible limits.
When it comes to selecting a geyser for home, people generally rely upon recommendations from friends, relatives or even electricians or plumbers. But there are key essential factors you must look by yourself to make the correct buying decision. These factors are energy efficiency star rating, standing loss, reheating time, pressure handling capacity, and safety features. Orient is one of the trusted brands, innovating products from the past 60 years, and you can surely consider them. Modern orient water heaters are thoughtfully designed for today’s lifestyle and offer a host of features that a user would look for when using the water heater.
Orient water heaters have been astutely designed by testing heaters in a variety of test conditions and thus models out in the market are robust and reliable. They can withstand a high-pressure problem faced in multi-story buildings. Then the smart IoT geysers completely revolutionise the way you bath. You can organise and schedule your bath, set the desired temperature and monitor the energy consumed by the appliance. Integration with Alexa and Google means you have to say to do it!
Other salient features like diamond glassline coating on tank and usage of magnesium anode rod to prevent corrosion and scale deposition, IPX4 water-resistant and shockproof body for longevity, and PUF insulation to minimise standing loss makes Orient water heaters a robust choice. What we found missing in Orient Electric geysers was the availability of solar heaters. Besides the unavailability of solar variants, there is not much to complain about Orient water heaters.
About the Author:
Abhishek Jain is an Alumnus of IIT Bombay with almost 10 years of experience in corporate before starting Bijli Bachao in 2012. His passion for solving problems moved him towards Energy Sector and he is keen to learn about customer behavior towards Energy and find ways to influence the same towards Sustainability. More from this author.