I’ve covered in past articles the benefits of drinking more water on a daily basis. The issue that a lot of folks have is that they often find it difficult to incorporate those extra glasses of water into their diet because water isn’t always the most accessible thing. With a water cooler dispenser, you can have fresh and purified water at your fingertips all the time. Water coolers are perfect for either home or business use and allow anyone who has a clean cup to have access to water all the time.
Why a Water Cooler Dispenser?
While I’m fortunate enough to live in an area that has clean water provided by the city directly to my home, many folks don’t have the same opportunity. In some cities the water purification systems provided by the state are inadequate and artifacts make their way into the water and cause the drinkers to become sick.
If you live in an area where the water provided by the city is inadequately purified or just doesn’t taste right, a water cooler in your home could be the perfect solution. Water coolers allow you to buy your own 5 or 10 gallon water jugs and place them onto the dispenser each day.
How Cool is “Cooler?”
One concern that new water cooler purchasers sometimes run into is wondering how cool the water is going to be when it’s dispensed from the device. In many cases the water is chilled just slightly below room temperature so that it’s not ice cold, but rather just cold enough to be refreshing on a hot day. The cooler works by filling the dispenser tank with water from the jug and cooling it as it sits and waits to be dispensed into a cup. If you want multiple glasses of water at a time though, you may have to wait a while before everything is cooled down again after the first few glasses.
How Big of a Cooler Should I Get?
Water coolers come in many different sizes depending on the needs of the user. If you’re using a water cooler in your home, it’s a good idea to go with one that fits either a 3 or 5 gallon tank. Anything bigger may just be unwieldy and can be difficult to install. If you’re purchasing one for an office environment, a 10 gallon tank is the best way to go as it offers the most water and the lowest price.
A few years ago I worked in an office where I had the pleasure of using the following water cooler. While it may just be a water cooler, it made drinking water much easier than traveling to the break room to get a bottle of water and the water was almost always chilled unless a line of people in front of me made it to the machine first.
Primo Products Ceramic Water Dispenser:
This dispenser makes it extremely easy to install a water jug on top. Despite the weight, all that’s involved is a simple flip over into the jug and you’re ready to drink. The tap on the dispenser is great because right after you’re done pouring, it automatically shuts itself so that no dripping or spills occur. The countertop stand is very sturdy and with just a few screws to complete the installation, you can have this thing up and running in no time at all. There’s a bit of space beneath the stand to fit other things so that if you have limited counter space you can slide other pots or pans beneath the base to conserve space.
Best Jugs to Buy
OK, so now that you have a water cooler, where do you get the jugs to fill it? If you have a membership to a local wholesaler like Sam’s Club, Costco, or BJ’s, you can pick up a few jugs at a time for a large discount. If you’re not fortunate enough to have a membership to one of those locations, you can buy your water jugs online for huge discounts as well.
BlueWave BPA Free 3 Gallon:
It may be a bit pricey just for a plastic bottle, but Bluewaves have built a name for themselves as industry leaders in reusable water cooler jugs. You can buy a few of these jugs and take them to a local bottling facility to fill them with clean water. Bluewaves was the manufacturer of the jug that we used in our own office and we never had any trouble. They’re easy to use as they have handles on the side that allow for easy loading and unloading into the cooler itself and with a screw cap, it’s easy to fill these bottles and store them for emergencies.