The office water cooler is a place where an employee can clear their head, chat about last night’s episode of Game of Thrones, or talk about the football standings. It’s also a great way to provide fresh, clean water — and an alternative from high-calorie teas and sodas found in many companies’ break rooms. And it’s available in more forms than ever, many of which look nothing like we’d expect a water cooler to look. If you’re considering one for your business, Ace Plumbing can help you choose and install one that’s perfect for your needs.
Choosing Your Water Cooler
There are a number of things to consider if you’re choosing a water cooler. The number of break rooms you’ve got is one consideration. Whether you want to dispense only cold water, or if you want to dispense hot water as well, is another. You’ll want to think about the layout and plumbing of your building, the quality of your municipal water, and what you’re willing to spend monthly on water.
There’s something else to keep in mind: the nature of your business. It’s one thing to keep your employees refreshed if you have an office. It’s something else again if you run a restaurant or a manufacturing facility that relies heavily on water use.
Types of Water Coolers
Many water delivery companies rent coolers to their clients, and deliver water on a regular basis. We’ve all seen these coolers — free-standing units that plug into the wall and accept large bottles of water, some with refrigeration built in, and others with a heating element as well for coffee and tea. These are convenient, but if your water use is unpredictable, that can make controlling expenses unpredictable as well.
An alternative is to have a filtration system installed. Charcoal and reverse-osmosis filters require no water deliveries, because they’re removing contaminants like bacteria, metals, and chemicals at the source. They’re more cost effective per gallon, and more environmentally friendly because there are fewer waste products generated.
There are a few different ways to approach this, including filtration at the point of use (water fountains, coolers and chillers at key points, even an ice machine or a soda fountain in your cafeteria), or a centralized system that filters for an entire building. The former approach is highly effective if you’re simply keeping your employees hydrated. The latter approach is better if you’re dispensing water in higher volumes, and when you’re using water as part of your business processes and the quality of that water is mission critical (as with healthcare, education, or heavy industry).
Water Cooler Installation
Finding the right system for your needs doesn’t have to be difficult. Ace Plumbing can evaluate your water usage against your needs and goals, then suggest a solution that will be the best fit. We’ll install the system, and make sure you’re up and running quickly. For assistance with your water needs, commercial HVAC, and other business plumbing services near Sacramento, call us today.