Studies have shown that almost 80% of Americans are walking around dehydrated. Many of us drink too much caffeinated coffee, soda, or energy drinks, and these can cause our bodies to lose water. This is a cause for concern because water is necessary for our bodies to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients. Moreover, water detoxifies the liver and kidneys, and also carries waste away from the body.
There are also several other benefits to keeping your body well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and a steady dose of 8 glasses per day (or ½ your body weight in ounces) can increase your mental clarity, improve your energy, keep your skin healthy, and allow for proper digestion. In addition, if you're trying to lose weight, water has been shown to be a natural appetite suppressant, and many doctors note that people often mistake hunger for thirst.
Therefore, we should all strive to increase our liquid intake. Bottled water is a great way to ensure proper hydration, but over time, this may prove to be expensive. For homes or offices, renting or purchasing your own personal water cooler may be a more economical way to quench your thirst.
Renting a Cooler
In the past, water coolers were wall-mounted and provided non-filtered water from a municipal water source. However, modern coolers and dispensers now feature purified water that is often delivered to a location on a regular basis with empty bottles being taken away. This water is then dispensed through a free-standing cooler, and rental fees can cost anywhere from $5 to $20 a month, depending on how much water you receive and what type of dispenser you choose.
The obvious benefit of renting a dispenser or cooler is having fresh water regularly delivered to you, and many companies also offer cooler maintenance. Therefore, if your cooler malfunctions, the company distributing your water and cooler will most likely perform repairs for you. If you choose this method of acquiring your water and cooler, be sure to inquire about what's included with the monthly fee, as well as the following questions:
1. What is the charge for water delivery beyond the regular amount?
2. Are damages included and will the cooler be replaced at no charge?
3. Is there a fee associated with cancelling service?
4. Does the company offer a discount for supplying your own cooler stand and just have the water delivered?
NewAir AI-400SB Water Dispenser and Ice Maker
For those who wish to purchase their own dispenser instead of renting one, many options are available, ranging from the most basic models which simply dispense room temperature water to models with advanced features such as ice makers. Our products were able to test out one such model - the New Air AI-400SB water dispenser. This sleek and compact appliance not only featured hot and cold water dispensing, but it also had the ability to produce up to 28 pounds of ice per day. No water lines or drains were needed, as this dispenser was compatible with either 3 or 5 gallon bottles which could either be purchased from a retail store or delivered from a company as noted above.
In addition to its convenient ice-making capability, the AI-400SB ice maker could also dispense hot or room temperature water, and its hot water safety guard prevented burns. LED indicator lights made this unit extremely easy to use, and a low-water safety device ensured proper use. Although this unit retailed for a little over $300, by comparing rental costs and the different features this unit has to offer, over time, our product team it was well worth the price.
More Information on the NewAir AI-400SB Icemaker and Water Dispenser: http://www.air-n-water.com/product/AI-400SB.html
Jeanie Wong is a marketing writer and product editor with extensive knowledge of ice makers and other home appliances.