Instant Taps Aid Productivity

Instant Taps Aid Productivity

Many studies have examined the varying effects of dehydration on performance. Apart from the obvious fact that our bodies need water to survive, all studies unequivocally prove that dehydration negatively affects mood, cognitive performance, mental recall, and therefore productivity. The law stipulates that there needs to be easily accessible drinking water at any place of work. Responsible employers provide this in the form of water coolers, water boilers or hot water taps for health and safety reasons, but an added benefit is that hydration aids productivity which is always good for business.

While we are all familiar with the well-documented, adverse effects of dehydration, we turn to another study which takes a more positive approach – rather than withhold water, what happens when we give water? In their paper entitled Effects of hydration status on cognitive performance and mood, Masento and Reekum looked at studies across a variety of different subject groups to ascertain if water intervention improved performance.

Drinking water improves visual sustained attention

Young adults were given varying amounts of water and then asked to complete a rapid visual information-processing task. The researchers found that the group receiving the most water (330ml) performed the best while the group that received no water performed the worst. Across a number of studies, where the experimental design and also the amounts of water given were changed, the result remained the same – water consumption improves the cognitive function of visual sustained attention.

Drinking water improves simple reaction time

Adults were asked to rate their thirst levels, they were then assigned to a nil-water or water group and asked to perform a simple reaction time task. Those subjects who’d identified themselves as thirsty and were in the nil-water group performed significantly worse than their counterparts. Not only did the study show that drinking water improved simple reaction time, it also showed the importance of baseline hydration levels – those participants who were thirsty at the start of the experiment were potentially mildly dehydrated which already slowed reaction time.

Drinking water improves mood

Young adults were randomly assigned to nil-water and water supplementation groups, and then asked to complete a range of cognitive tasks and mood ratings. In the groups that were given water, their mood ratings were improved – they reported feeling calmer and more alert immediately after drinking the water.

It’s clear to see that water intervention enhances performance, and as improving productivity is essential in the workplace, it’s also clear to see why water dispensers are crucial to the office set-up. At AquAid we have a wide range of water coolers to choose from, but if you’re in the process of updating your current breakout area or refreshment point, consider installing AquAid Instant Taps. Hot water taps can provide instantly ready boiling, ambient or chilled water at the touch of a button; they are also stylish, compact, efficient and cost-effective. If you want to increase productivity in your office, contact AquAid today – we will help you find the best water solution for your needs.

Why Choose AquAid Instant Hot Water Taps

Why Choose AquAid Instant Hot Water Taps

Instant Taps are fast becoming a sleek and stylish alternative to more traditional water-points in office kitchens, breakout areas, boardrooms, and conferencing venues.  The benefits are numerous – they provide limitless hot, ambient or chilled water in one elegant solution, all at the touch of a button; they are stylish and compact, fitting neatly into a countertop with the boiler and chilling unit discreetly hidden underneath the worktop; and their instant supply of water improves efficiency, saving organisations both time and money.

When choosing instant hot water taps there are three factors to consider:

1) Your water requirements – do you require hot, ambient or chilled water, or is it a combination of all three?

2) Placement – do you want to create more space around the sink area itself, in which case the tap can be fitted with its own drain-away tray farther away; or if countertop space is limited do you want to install it on the edge of the sink or draining board itself?

3) And your preferred supplier – of all the reputable suppliers out there, why should you choose AquAid?

Apart from being the leading water cooler company in the UK for more than twenty years now, with 23 franchises across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland servicing over 30,000 customers – the major benefit in choosing AquAid Instant Taps is our service element. With us you have full peace of mind knowing that your installation will be professional and flawless, and that any services or repairs are included in our comprehensive service plans.

Most of the UK suffers from hard water scaling and too often companies choose hot water taps that don’t include a scale management filter or some form of service plan; or they’ve purchased the unit outright and scale related issues aren’t covered by warranty, which means that a few months after installation, things start to go wrong, resulting in very costly call-out and repair fees. But with AquAid rental plans – often far more affordable than buying the unit and then adding the cost of a maintenance plan on top of that – there’s no need to worry, because we ensure that the correct filters are installed from the start and our cost-effective and fully-inclusive service plans mean no unexpected and huge expenditure further down the line.

If you’re in the process of a new build or refurbishing your office kitchen, breakout area or any other refreshment point, with AquAid you can rest assured that you’re in the best hands, whatever your water needs may be. And not only will you benefit from high-quality products and exceptional service, but for a short time only you can save even more as we are also offering free installation and three months free rental on all our Instant Taps – be sure not to miss out.

Hot Water Taps 101

Hot Water Taps 101

Instant Taps are fast becoming the sought-after water solution for many offices, hotels and conferencing venues. If you’re in the process of refurbishing and considering installing hot water taps, read through our Q&A to find out all you need to know about this stylish, compact and cost-effective water dispenser.

Are hot water taps specific to a particular area?

No, Instant Taps can be installed practically anywhere – breakout areas, office kitchens, boardrooms, basically any refreshment point where water is needed; particularly if aesthetics are important as they present a stylish alternative to more traditional water dispensers or boilers.

How are Instant Taps installed?

If you’re trying to free up space around the sink area, hot water taps can be installed into the countertop with its own drain-away tray; or it can be fitted on the edge of the sink or draining board itself, with the boiler or chilling unit discreetly hidden underneath the worktop.

Do you need different taps to satisfy different water requirements?

No, the Instant Tap can dispense boiling and ambient water, and also chilled water if necessary, thereby catering for all your water needs in one elegant solution. Alternatively, if only chilled water is required, the Chill Tap can be installed which dispenses cold water at your preferred temperature.

What is the dispensing capacity?

The Instant Tap can dispense 15 mugs of boiling water instantly and up to 14 litres per hour above 90 °C at the touch of a button; and the Chill Tap has a 10 litre per hour output of perfectly chilled and filtered drinking water.

We’re in a hard water area, is that a problem?

No, Instant Taps can be fitted with a scale management filter that will reduce any limescale issues and comprehensive service plans ensure that any services and repairs are included in the rental agreement so that there are no unexpected costs further down the line.

Are hot water taps more efficient and cost-effective?

Yes, instantly-ready and limitless boiling or chilled filtered water is hugely convenient – the less time people spend waiting the more time they spend being productive. And because hot water taps use less water – kettles are often filled with more water than is needed – they are resource and energy-efficient too.

For any other questions on the range of AquAid Instant Taps and how they can enhance your refreshment points, increase productivity and save you time, energy and money – contact us today. And for a limited time only, AquAid are also offering free installation and three months free rental on all their Instant Taps, so there’s no better time to upgrade.

The Benefits of Instant Hot Water Taps

The Benefits of Instant Hot Water Taps

Instant Taps are growing in popularity and there’s been an increase in demand particularly in office breakout areas and at hotels and conferencing venues where sleek and stylish water-point alternatives are preferred. If you’re in the process of refurbishing or considering making any changes to your current refreshment area, consider the benefits and convenience of these aesthetically pleasing taps.

Versatile & Flexible

Instant Taps are versatile enough to cater for whatever your water needs may be. The AquAid Instant Tap can dispense boiling and ambient water at the touch of a button – it is adaptable to include a chilling system as well, which means that all your water needs can be met in one elegant solution. Alternatively if chilled water is your only requirement, the AquAid Chill Tap can dispense cold water at your preferred temperature. Flexible installation options allow Instant Taps to be fitted with a drain-away tray mounted into a countertop away from the sink, or they can be fitted on the edge of the sink or draining board itself.

Sleek & Compact

Beautifully designed, Instant Taps provide a sleek and stylish alternative to traditional water dispensers and boilers. Perfect for boardrooms, conferencing and refreshment stations, their versatility in terms of being able to dispense boiling, ambient and chilled water all from one tap also means they take up far less space than their traditional counterparts. Sunk into the countertop with the water boiler and/or chilling unit discreetly hidden underneath the worktop, they are compact and space-saving, allowing seamless integration into your office kitchen or breakout area.

Efficient & Cost-Effective

The main advantage of Instant Taps is in the name – it’s instant. The fact that there’s instantly-ready and limitless boiling or chilled filtered water at the ready is hugely convenient, and it saves a great deal of time too. Waiting for a kettle to boil is no longer necessary; everyone can enjoy their drink of choice at the touch of a button, making Instant Taps one of the most efficient additions to any refreshment area. And because hot water taps use less water – typically people fill a kettle with more water than they need – it’s a resource and energy-efficient option too, saving you both time and money.

Versatile and flexible; sleek and compact; efficient and cost-effective – all compelling reasons to install the AquAid Instant Tap or AquAid Chill Tap. Rest assured that whatever your water needs may be, we’ll help find the best solution for your office or organisation.

Breakout Areas and Hot Water Taps

Breakout Areas and Hot Water Taps

With our lives moving at the speed of light and technological advances occurring at an exponential rate, it’s easy to see how and why our lives have become so frenetic.  We spend more and more time at the office, glued to our desks, taking fewer and fewer breaks. And while that might seem necessary in the short-term (how else are we supposed to get everything done?); in the long-term it negatively impacts our well-being and productivity.

A University of Illinois study found that allowing subjects to take two brief breaks during a long task allowed participants to remain focused during the entire experiment – those not allowed a respite experienced a drop in performance. Numerous studies show that taking a break boosts energy, concentration and motivation – but when, and how often that happens also affects the results. Baylor University researchers found that ‘the most beneficial time to take a workday break is mid-morning. People who take ‘better breaks’ experience better health and increased job satisfaction. [And] Longer breaks are good, but it’s beneficial to take frequent short breaks [too]’.

Which brings us neatly to the office breakout area. Based on the above, it’s clear to see why a rest area is so essential for employee health and well-being. Sometimes business owners, especially those of small to medium size organisations, tend to think the cost of providing such an area outweighs the benefits, but that’s not the case. A breakout area needn’t be extravagant, it can be in a separate room or even a cordoned off section in an open plan office, as long as there are comfortable chairs and a water point so that employees can relax with a tea or coffee.

Which is another important factor in productivity – hydration. We all know how harmful dehydration can be, but studies show that even mild dehydration can affect our mood, cognitive ability and productivity. It’s paramount that we drink liquid regularly throughout the day, water of course is best, but tea and coffee also count towards the daily target. As the UK’s leading water cooler supplier, AquAid regularly help offices of all sizes with their hydration needs – we offer a wide variety of high-quality bottled and mains fed water coolers to choose from. We also offer a stylish range of Instant Taps – hot water taps and chilled taps that can dispense hot, ambient or chilled filtered water at the touch of a button. Compact and convenient, our Instant Taps are fitted into the countertop with the water unit discreetly installed underneath the worktop.

By creating a breakout area and having water at the ready, you not only help your employees remain alert, hydrated and productive, but you save on time and energy too. And as we know that each organisation’s needs are different, we tailor our recommendation to suit your requirements – whether that be hot water taps or mains fed water coolers, together we’ll find the best solution for you and your team.