Why Your Office Could Do With a Hot and Cold Water Dispenser

Why Your Office Could Do With a Hot and Cold Water Dispenser

If you’ve ever served a glass of tap water to a potential client or investor, and felt some shame around it being warmer than usual because it was a scorching South African summers day, then this is the article for you. Having an in-house water solution with a hot and cold water dispenser can make all the difference when it comes to big meetings, or just in the day-to-day operation of your business. Today we’ll take a look at the benefits of having both dispensers, rather than choosing a standard cold water solution only, which gives you a limited amount of beverage options to choose from, and provide to the visitors of your business. 

The Perks of a Cold Water Dispenser

Summer isn’t the only time when its a good idea to have a clean, fresh supply of cold water for the office. Having this around the clock has more than just superficial benefits, you’ll be sending a strong message to your team that their health is important to you when making sure that you can supply clean water for everyone around the clock. Cold water is great for hot summer days, and a dispenser also helps to save you some fridge space, as people won’t need to store water bottles in there throughout the day. You’ll also be encouraging people to buy less disposable plastic bottled water, which gives your business a sustainability boost too. 

Hot Water at Your (and Client) Fingertips

A hot water dispenser may not be as common on standard water coolers, but can be a great way to save you a bit of time, especially when making instant coffee or tea. The opportunities for drink creation are endless when you have a consistent flow of hot water you can bank on. Better yet, you’ll save yourself some time, not having to boil the kettle each time, which also incurs ongoing electricity costs. Count the amount of times the kettle gets used over the span of a week in your office. The number may come as a big surprise to you!

The Machines That Give You Hot and Cold Water Dispensers

If you’re looking for a professional water solution, a good place to start for machines that have hot and cold water dispensers tends to be bottleless water cooler ranges. These machines build into your supply of water at the office, which also means you’ll never have to worry about short supply. These machines often come with additional bells and whistles: the AQA Touch, a long-time corporate favorite, may be small in size, but boasts an output of 30 litres an hour. Shop around for the best solution for your option, and speak to an expert about any ongoing specials and deals that you may be able to capitalise on. Some companies offer you the chance to rent before you buy, which is a great way to help you find exactly what you and the team are looking for. Happy hot and cold water drinking!

Is Carbonated Water Good For Your Health?

Is Carbonated Water Good For Your Health?

For many, carbonated water immediately drums up connotations of sugary fizzy drinks, which not only affect our blood sugar, weight and the state of our teeth, but may also stir up some memories of hyperactivity in our youth. It’s safe to say carbonated water doesn’t necessarily have the best reputation, but is it safe to assume that carbonated water is bad for us? Let’s delve a little bit into this, in order to get a clearer picture as to what it is, how it can affect us, and whether you should be substituting it for something else or not. 

What is Carbonated Water?

Carbonated water is more commonly known as soda or sparkling water. It is created when artificially injecting (especially under pressure) carbon dioxide gas into regular still water. Carbonation creates bubbles and turns the water bubbly or sparkly. The water is then used on its own as a sparkling mineral water, as a compliment to drinks like club soda or a wine spritzer, with some even adding cucumber and lemon to make a drink to last them through the day. Adding sugar or artificial flavourants to this water, essentially gets you closer to what is traditionally known as a fizzy drink.

The Acidity of Carbonated Water

One of the primary concerns around carbonated water is that it contains carbonic acid, which is created when carbon dioxide and water react chemically. Some people have experienced the stimulation of nerve muscles in the mouth as a result of this, although this is very rare. Carbonic acid is a weak acid, with the pH of carbonated water being only slightly acidic. Your kidneys and lungs may have to work slightly harder to remove excess carbon dioxide, but this doesn’t affect the overall acidity of your body as a whole.

Carbonated Water and Your Teeth

Many people have heard that carbonated water can have a negative effect on your teeth, especially as the enamel is exposed to acid. While some studies indicate this to be true, the effect is minimal, especially when in comparison with soft drinks containing a lot of sugar. While studies in the field are relatively limited, the general consensus seems to be that carbonated water will only have a slightly negative effect on your teeth, especially when in comparison to its sugary counterparts. As a precaution, you can rinse your mouth out after you’ve drank either, just to be safe.

It’s All About How You Use Carbonated Water

As a whole, there is little evidence to suggest that carbonated water on its own is bad for your health. When it comes down to it, it’s all about how you use it. If you’re using carbonated water to make fizzy drinks, and you’re drinking them regularly, there are natural health considerations to keep in mind. When using it on its own, as a spritz to weaken the alcohol content of your wine, or drinking it using fruit as flavouring, you have less to worry about. The great thing is, that carbonated water on its own is still calorie free, giving you a versatile range of new options to get your “2 liters a day”. If you need a reliable water cooler to facilitate a steady supply of carbonated and still water, the dedicated team at Aquazania are able to put you on your way.

Comparing Table-Top vs. Standing Water Coolers

Apples and Oranges? Comparing Table-Top vs. Standing Water Coolers

When it comes to buying a new water cooler, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve done enough research before parting ways with your hard earned cash. Most people have a very specific image in their minds when it comes to water coolers, particularly ingrained by stereotypes around the workplace, so they miss out on the opportunity to buy something that may well be less conventional than a bottled cooler, but could also be better suited to your needs. Table-top coolers are another option to keep in mind, in contrast to traditional standing water coolers. Is there a difference between the two? For some, it’s apples and oranges. 

The Best Uses for Water Coolers

Regardless of whether you’re buying a standing or a table-top cooler, you should also keep in mind some of the best uses for water coolers in general. Many people assume that they are mostly for office spaces, often part as reception area furniture. In 2020, this notion is being challenged, as we highlight some of the best uses for water coolers, including being a consistent fresh water supply for home or the office, which not only keeps you and those around you well hydrated, but can also help to better manage the bottom line of your budget. Water coolers give you access to purified water, which has health benefits, and some studies have shown that offices with coolers have lower absenteeism for gastro and other bug-related illnesses. 

Going With a Table-Top Water Cooler

If you’re looking to go with a table-top water cooler, you should consider a couple of the factors that make it different to its standing counterpart. These coolers tend to be best suited to machines plugging directly into the main line at the office or at home, as traditional table top coolers that come with bottles don’t tend to offer as much capacity as regular standing coolers. Table-top water coolers subsequently come with more bells and whistles, like a hot and cold tap, as well as giving you the added benefit of never having to worry about running out of water. Keep an eye on the water use to make sure you don’t go over your monthly limits, and also keep in mind that maintenance on these types of coolers tend to be a bit more regularly than with other types.

The Benefits of Standing Water Coolers

Standing water coolers are known as more traditional options, and tend to be free-standing or mounted to a wall. These are more popular in the bottled water range, and companies like to order a specific amount of bottles per month, in order to manage their spending. Standing water coolers are easy to operate, and are generally quite low-maintenance. If you opt for a machine that plugs directly into the water supply, as you will have seen if you’ve been to the gym in recent months, you’ll likely have more maintenance than with regular bottled options, so factor this in when it comes to your price range. Standing water coolers are still great spots for people to catch up at work, and can help enhance company culture, if positioned in the right place.

Getting The Right Advice Before You Buy

Whether you’re looking to add a table-top or a standing water cooler to your home or office, it’s important to get the right advice before you buy. Some water companies will do the best they can to get every last cent out of you. Others have a view towards the consumer, with a focus on their satisfaction. Aquazania, for instance, offers rental options on all their water coolers, so you can try a machine before you buy it. They also offer great prices on the latest range of machines, from reputable brands. If you have a question about buying a water cooler or you’re looking for the best deal around, it’s worth getting in touch with them first.

How Much You Should Be Paying For Bottled Water

How Much You Should Be Paying For Bottled Water

If you’re looking to find a bottled water solution for the new year, but you haven’t come right just yet, you’re in luck. We’ve done some digging on your behalf, in an attempt to help you out and to make sure that you’re not paying more than you need to be. So how much should you expect to pay for a six-pack of bottled water in 2020? Let’s explore this, while also looking at when bottled water is a good idea, what you should be looking out for, and where you should go to get a couple of quotes before making a purchasing decision. 

When Is Bottled Water a Good Idea?

While it makes sense for companies to be more environmentally conscious when it comes to their plastic use, there are some situations that may require you to have some bottled water options ready. Bottled water is a nice complement to an important meeting in the office, so you don’t have someone running around pouring water for any special guests, like investors. It also makes sense to have some bottled water options on hand if you have a sales team that is on the road a lot, or if you yourself travel a lot as part of your job. Lastly, bottled water can be a nice end-of-year gift or addition to the Christmas party, which not only promotes responsible drinking, but can be a special souvenir, especially if you have a special order shipped with your logo on it. 

What Makes For Good Bottled Water?

When it comes to buying bottled water, a lot of marketing teams will have made sure to spruce up the story about the brand, ensuring that you know that it is “spring fresh” and from specific parts of the world. This can be a nice-to-know, but the most important thing to keep an eye out for is the composition of the water. When you’re buying a specific brand, ask out about pH levels, find out about how clean the water is, and also enquire about the way it was sourced and/or filtered. Just by asking a couple of basic questions, you can get a sense as to whether a brand is interested in consumer health, or if they’re just after your money. 

How Much You Can Expect To Pay For Bottled Water

Speaking of money, so how much can you expect to pay for bottled water in 2020? As with anything, the more you buy, the less you’ll pay per unit. Some premium water brands run in the range of R8 to R9 per unit, if you’re buying 24 at a time (500ml bottles). You can get some great online deals as well if you keep an eye out on newsletters for specials, but also if you go to some of the larger wholesale retailers who supply these closer to cost price. 

A More Personalised Experience For Your Water Needs

If you’re looking for a consistent delivery of water, with a specific budget in mind, it makes sense to explore smaller suppliers, who you can bank on to deliver on time and with minimum hassle. Aquazania, for example, ships small water bottles in variants of 330ml, 500ml, 1l and 1.5l and are experts in custom designed labels for events and functions too. If you have any questions about water or are considering a more permanent solution for your home or office, giving them a call is a great idea.

How Much You Should Pay for a Water Cooler in 2020

How Much You Should Pay for a Water Cooler in 2020

If you’ve been thinking about getting a water cooler or two for the office, the turn of the new century is a great time to put these thoughts into action. Perhaps you’ve already started gathering a few quotes online, and you’re worried about spending too little for quality or too much for something you can get elsewhere. How much should you expect to pay for a water cooler in 2020? We’ll dive a little deeper into this today, getting a sense of the price range you should be looking at, while also considering a few brands that may be good for you to look at.

Why is a Water Cooler a Good Idea?

A water cooler is a good idea for the office or for home, because it is a practical way to ensure you and the people around you are not consuming water with harmful toxins. Water coolers kill up to 99% of harmful elements, ensuring you get a spring fresh drink each time. No longer will you have to worry about giving your family water that may be contaminated, or stress about staff getting ill from the water supply from the tap. Don’t take chances with your health, or that of others around you, and consider a water cooler as a practical solution that ticks a lot of boxes in this regard.

Bottled vs. Bottleless Water Coolers

When it comes to choosing a water cooler, it makes sense to consider one of two types. Bottled water coolers is a traditional option that was popularised by pop culture in the 90’s and early 00’s. These allow you to regulate the amount of water you use; you decide how many liters you buy in a month, so it becomes a fixed expense. A bottleless water cooler taps directly into the main line at work or at home, giving you instant, unlimited clean supply of water. Naturally, this requires a bit more maintenance, so you don’t overspend on your water (especially if water restrictions are in place), but also comes with additional bells and whistles, compared to traditional machines. 

What You Should Expect To Pay For a Decent Water Cooler in 2020

Although price will always be determined by brand, capabilities and output level, and it is hard to pinpoint exactly what will work for you based on your needs without an idea of what you’re looking for, typically, for a bottled watercooler solution, you can expect to pay in the R3000 to R5000 range. For a bottleless solution, working in the R6 000 to R20 000 range should set you up as well. Do your research online, and tap into year-end and festive season specials to see if you can get a better price. Alternatively, you can look at a rental, to see if the machine is a good fit for your home or office. Aquazania is a leading water solution supplier in South Africa, offering machine-only, half and other forms or rentals, providing you with multiple options to get exactly what works for you.

Water Dispenser Rentals: The Way To Go in 2020?

Water Dispenser Rentals: The Way To Go in 2020?

2020 is here, and it’s never been better to consider a water dispenser for your office. These machines offer you with a fixed supply of clean an filtered water at all times, so whether you’re using one at home or at the office, your family and colleagues will be in good hands. With economic constraints biting consumers and businesses across the country, many are opting to go with water dispener rental solutions, rather than buying coolers outright and providing cash upfront. It also doesn’t make financial sense to buy a dispenser on credit, paying it off at more than you bought it for. There are many benefits of choosing a rental solution, which we’ll explore here today, as well as some of the other perks that may help you to make an informed decision about your next purchase.

Try Before You Buy

Water dispenser rentals provide you with an opportunity to “try before you buy”, without having to commit to extensive rental agreements. This gives you the chance to see if a particular machine gives you what you need, if its easy enough to use for the people around you, and whether it is something that could allow you to save on some water costs in the long run. Choosing a rental gives you flexibility to try a range of machines at a fraction of the price, which will also assist with short-term cashflow. 

Diverse Range of Products Tailored To Your Needs

Going with a rental also opens up your world to a range of products that may have been out of your price range if you were looking to buy outright. Aquazania, for example, has some of the best high-end equipment in the industry with rental costs at a fraction of the price. When going with a rental, you get to explore some of the options out there, while also having direct access to specialists in the process, who are able to answer any of the questions you have, or to recommend something that may be better suited to your lifestyle. Sounds like a win-win to us!

Regular, Affordable Maintenance of Water Dispensers

Nobody likes to factor in maintenance costs when it comes to high-end purchases for the home or the office, but the fact that they are high-end purchases means that this is a consideration that should be made from the day of purchase, to ensure that you don’t end up with a broker (or prematurely out of warranty) product because you didn’t follow correct maintenance procedures. You can skip maintenance procedures altogether when you choose to go with a water dispenser rental, as the company that owns the machine manages the process for you. While this may come at an additional fee depending on the company, it’s well worth it knowing that you won’t be running into any unforeseen problems down the line.

Getting The Right Water Dispenser Rental For Your Home or Office

If you’re looking to start the new year with a healthy mindset at the office or at work, a water dispenser is a great way to get started. Opting for a rental to test the waters could end up saving you a lot of money, and also gives you the chance to try a product before you commit to investing in it any further. Whatever you’re looking for, remember to assess your needs as well as those around you, and to consider the impact this will have on your finances, health and overall lifestyle. A water dispenser rental is an easy way to guarantee clean, fresh purified water at all times, and is one less thing to worry about as you go about making 2020 the best year of your life so far.