Air Filtration for Hospitality Facilities
The Hospitality industry is a client-centered segment, with the main sub-sector hotel.
Hospitality segment provides shelter, food, refreshment and similar services and goods on a commercial basis. The hospitality industry embraces two types:
- Food and Beverages
Accommodations – The first sector in the hospitality industry is accommodation. Accommodation can be classified as casinos, hotels, motels, resorts, spas and serviced apartments which hosts guest with amenities will have to host the guests with amenities. Several departments in a hospitality segment will have to coordinate together to provide a pleasant ambience as well as fresh and clean air for a healthy and comfortable environment.
In the hospitality indoor environment, occupants’ safety is the top priority for commercial building owners/ facility managers. To ensure overall customer experience in a hospitality environment the core things that are considered are cleanliness, service, pleasant ambiance, and indoor air quality.
Whether malodors/exhausts arise from hospitality indoor environments like hotel rooms, event halls, commercial kitchens, lobbies, toilets, or other indoor spaces, they present an obvious problem that can affect both indoor air quality and the occupant’s safety.
The hotel bathrooms look all fairly positioned with all the required fixtures, but in some instances, hospitality indoor environments often have to overcome unanticipated challenges, whether the project is a new build, or modernized, or leased.
Without proper ventilation in the hospitality indoor environment, moisture or humidity can remain to settle in the bathroom, stimulating the growth of mold/ mildew spores. Breathing in spores, or the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) they produce, can generate unpleasant exhausts or odours into outer space. Maintaining proper air filtration systems [VOC filter, carbon filter] is the key solution for odour control in hospitality environments.
Another noticeable indoor environment challenge [smoke, odour, grease, flavor smell, various kitchen exhausts due to cooking of oil, fat based foods] that arises in the hospitality industry is from kitchen exhaust. These have resulted from the commercial kitchen activities in the hospitality segments which in turn cause serious health issues to occupants.
At the same time, hospitality providers must focus on the health and productivity of employees to provide better hospitality services to their clients.
To meet all these expectations, good Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is essential, especially in these pandemic days.
According to US Environmental Protection Agency Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. Understanding and controlling common pollutants indoors can help reduce your risk of indoor health concerns.
Some often-unnoticed cases include:
- The level of outdoor air pollution is associated with smog, emissions from traffice and the use of chemical pesticides.
- Unobserved sources of indoor pollution arise from cleaning chemicals, the use of artificial room fresheners, carpets and soft furnishings.
- Inadequate ventilation/airflow
- The amount of moisture present in kitchens, gyms, spas and indoor swimming pools leads to the growth of mold and mildew which can lead to serious health issues.
|Potential Indoor Pollutants||Sources|
|Bacteria||Molds and Mildew, Fungi|
|Carbon Dioxide||Combustion of energy, improper ventilation|
|Dust & Particles||Carpets and Rugs, Smoking|
|Formaldehyde||Fabrics, Furniture, Fire Retardants, Adhesives|
|Carbon Monoxide||Improperly used or incorrectly vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces|
|Nitrogen Dioxide||Car exhaust fumes from the nearby traffic|
|Odours||Artificial room freshener, smoking, cooking|
|Volatile Organic Compounds||Solvents, aerosol sprays, cosmetics dry-cleaning, paints, pesticides, smoking|
|Sulfur Dioxide||solvents, cleaning products|
Have you ever wondered if there is the easiest way to attract more hotel bookings, and dine-ins to lower your operational costs, and do something good for the indoor environment?
There is – it’s known as LEED certification
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building types, LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.
LEED-certified buildings create:
- Happier employees, happier occupants
- LEED-certified indoor spaces create healthier spaces with cleaner air, and access to daylight, and are free from harmful chemicals found in paints and finishings.
- Reduced building operating costs
- Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions
- Gain a competitive edge
Food and Beverages – Café centers (Example: Starbucks/Coffee Day etc) resorts, bars & cafes and nightclubs are part of hospitality premises where 80 percent of customers would like to spend time. At these relaxation points, clean air and air filtration audit are crucial. On the other hand, hospitality providers should shed light on maintaining premises before and after food & beverage preparation processes.
Air filtration systems in hotels and hospitality, accommodation must handle large volumes of air. Approximately 50% of a building’s energy consumption is spent on heating, cooling, and moving of air. In considering the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), it is important to keep in mind that a cost-effective building requires that maintenance be planned to maintain energy efficiency, minimize costly downtime and extend the lifespan of your equipment.
A thorough audit of your air filtration system is the first step that AAF International recommends providing you with professional guidance and analysis of cost savings and liability reduction opportunities. By conducting this audit, we document your current state and advise you on how your facility could perform better, helping you save money, save time and reduce risk.
AAF is the leading solution providers of clean air solutions with a wide range of particulate and gas-phase air filtration systems. We are always upfront in providing air filtration products, services for your hospitality accommodations.
Contact your AAF representative to schedule an audit and to find out how the insights from intelligent data tools, including TCO Diagnostic® and Sensor360®, can improve operational outcomes and save you time and money.
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