Picture this: melty cubes clinking around a glass followed by the sweet sensation of chilled water trickling down your throat. Doesn’t that just make you want to go grab a drink of water? Me, too! That’s because there are few activities more refreshing than gulping down ice water on a hot day.
As you prepare to reopen your business for the summer, consider renting a commercial ice machine for your employees and customers. Readily available access to frozen goodness provides your workers with ice-cold relief and even gives them a reason to get excited about heading back to the office. And don’t worry, Quench has ice machines with sanitary touch-free dispensing to provide a hygienic solution to help avoid direct contact with the machine.
Now is a great time to rent a commercial ice machine for your office. Here’s why.
1. A Commercial Ice Machine Has Health Benefits
Our 2018 study found that 77% of US workers don’t drink enough water—of any temperature—throughout the work day, despite knowing that they should. The Institute of Medicine recommends a daily water intake of 125 ounces for men and 91 ounces for women, and conventional wisdom has always called for eight glasses of water per day. But most workplaces are coming up short.
Giving your employees the option to have their water on the rocks could incentivize them to drink more of it. But why is that? For one, the freezing temperatures from ice suppresses the sensitivity of our taste buds, making it so that we taste fewer flavors.
There is also research to back the belief that drinking ice water is more physically satisfying than drinking room temperature water. A study by the Yale School of Medicine found that the physical sensation of drinking tells our brains we’re rehydrating. The sensation is enhanced if the temperature of the drink is hotter or colder than your mouth and throat, which is why our bodies crave a cold glass of water over a lukewarm glass.
Good for Exercise
Ice makers support employees who enjoy working out as well. According to one study, that’s because the ideal water temperature for re-hydrating athletes is 60.8 degrees Fahrenheit, and colder water was shown to make participants drink more and sweat less. Therefore, having an ice and water machine available for those who enjoy a good calorie burn right before or during work can hydrate them faster as they go about their workdays.
Further research shows that drinking ice water during exercise significantly reduced the rise in an athlete’s core body temperature, indicating that cold water can help prevent your body from overheating. So those employees who prefer to exercise at the end of the day can fill up their bottles with cubes before they head out and continue to hydrate even after they’ve left the office.
Helps with Weight Loss
Water is an appetite suppressant. Whether hot or cold, drinking H2O makes you feel fuller. Those who are actively trying to lose weight, however, might benefit from a few extra cubes in their glasses and bottles. Health resource website WebMD states that drinking cold water boosts your metabolism since your body must work harder to warm the water up, therefore, burning more calories and helping you to lose weight.
Helps with Cognitive Function
We all want to work smarter. Afterall, smart workers are more productive. Offering ice for your workers to munch on may help them accomplish more in less time. That’s because chewing ice triggers a response in the body that brings more blood to the brain. A person with increased blood-flow to the brain is more alert and able to process information more effectively.
2. A Commercial Ice Machine Gives You A Competitive Edge
In this competitive economy, many of us search for ways to stand out. Quality customer service can be the key factor that turns questioning prospects into loyal customers. Imagine a client entering your office after having spent time in the summer heat. All he or she wants is a bit of relief from the humid outdoors. Giving them the option to cool down with a cup of filtered ice shows them you are willing to go above and beyond to accommodate their needs. It’s likely your customers will remember that ice you offered them when it comes time for them to make a purchase.
3. A Commercial Ice Machine Boosts Office Morale
Your employees could use a boost. Working in a climate-controlled building can be discouraging, especially if it’s nice outside. An ice maker in the break room can bring a bit of sunshine to re-energize the workplace. It may seem like a small detail, but giving your employees, customers, and patients access to ice all summer long will show them you care about their happiness. Happier employees are more productive and happier customers are more likely to stay loyal to your brand.
Enjoy Your Ice Machine While Maintaining the Safety of Your Guests and Employees
We want you and your employees to enjoy the benefits that come with having an ice dispenser in your office while also following the necessary health precautions. Ice machines with sanitary touch-free level dispensing provide a hygienic solution to help avoid direct contact with the machine. Some touch-free ice makers to consider include the Quench 980-12, the Quench 980-25, and the Quench 980-50.
Businesses that have ice machines with sanitary touch pad dispensing can offer their employees hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes to allow them to operate the machine and properly sanitize after each use.
Take Care of Your Employees and Customers with a Quench Commercial Ice Machine!
Quench offers a range of ice dispensers to improve different workplace environments. To help you determine which ice machine is best for your workplace, click here to use our Product Finder, and if you have any questions, just give us a call at 866-701-0186.
The Quench Water Experts are offering virtual assistance as well. Renting your commercial ice machine is now as easy as requesting a virtual consultation.
Also be sure to visit our Local Water Experts page to find an ice dispenser near you. Quench Water Experts are located across all the major U.S. markets. Find you local Quench Water Expert today.