Water Cooler Guide
With two thirds of the earth's surface covered by water and the human body consisting of over 60 percent of it, it's easy to see how water is responsible for life. In our bodies, water transports, dissolves and replenishes nutrients while carrying away waste material.
Water also regulates our fluids, tissues, blood and more. The average adult body contains 42 liters of water, and with a loss of only 2.5 liters, we can suffer from dehydration, fatigue, nervousness, dizziness, weakness and headaches.
So how much water should you drink? There's no single formula that fits everyone, but an easy guideline to following is eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Although this figure isn't supported by scientific evidence, it's an easy-to-remember rule of thumb.
One easy way to increase your water intake is to install a water cooler in your home or workplace. Water coolers, also known as water dispensers, provide great tasting water with the touch of a button. Most modern units can also dispense water in varying temperatures - cold for refreshing glasses of water or hot for soups, tea, hot cocoa and other beverages. But before you decide on a specific water cooler, determine which type appeals to you.
Water Cooler Types
|Purchasing water by the gallon is very economical, which is probably why bottled water coolers are the most common type available. Most units will be compatible with standard 3 or 5 gallon water bottles that can be refilled at the supermarket or purchased through a water delivery service. Virtually maintenance-free, bottled water coolers are easy to use and great for your home or office. Most bottled water coolers can dispense cold water, hot water or both. The more basic units will only dispense room temperature water.|
Countertop Water Coolers
|If you like the idea of having water at a moment's notice but just don't have the space for a full size bottled water cooler, there are also countertop units available. Countertop water coolers can usually accommodate 2 to 5 gallon bottles. Just like their full size counterparts, these water coolers are affordable and require little to no maintenance.|
Point of Use Water Coolers
|Point of use water coolers are a little more expensive and more complicated than bottled water coolers, but they eliminate such hassles such as monthly water delivery bills and lugging huge bottles. These are connected directly into your cold water line and refill automatically, but keep in mind that they're not as easy to set up as their bottled counterparts. Unless you're particularly handy, you'll most likely need to get a plumber to install your point of use water cooler for you.|
Filtered Water Coolers
If you like the idea of having a point of use water cooler but don't like the taste of your tap water, then a filtered water cooler is the product you're looking for. Filtered water coolers often resemble standard water coolers and can dispense hot and cold water. However, they also come with built-in filtration systems to remove silt, odors, chlorine and other chemicals. There are 2 main types of filtered water coolers: those using reverse osmosis and those using activated carbon. The type you choose will depend on the quality of your tap water.
In a reverse osmosis system, water is passed through a sediment filter, making them effective at desalinating water and removing minerals but not as effective at removing chemicals from your tap water. Filtered water coolers with activated carbon can remove smaller substances and chemicals like chlorine, pesticides and herbicides.