Hotels offer a home away from home experience that is steeped in comfort, convenience and often luxury. Every guest expects to receive a first-class service, and their comfort should be of the utmost importance to hoteliers the world over.
A “comfortable” hotel is not just one with Egyptian cotton bedlinen and five-star cuisine, it is also one that effortlessly supplies clean, fresh air that is always just the right temperature. For further guest convenience, every bedroom or suite should have easily accessible temperature controls to allow guests to be as warm or as cool as they need to be during their stay.
Effective air conditioning management for hotels
An effective air conditioning system should be a priority consideration when it comes to renovations, rebuilds or potential repairs and replacements. An old, ineffective air conditioning system will be noticed by guests throughout every area of the establishment, including:
The Hotel Lobby
The lobby is the gateway to a great hotel experience – too hot and guests will feel flustered and uncomfortable, too cold and they will not feel welcome. Automatic doors can also cause havoc with the temperature in the lobby area.
An air curtain can be used as a downward-facing blower fan mounted over the entrance to the building. Running 24 hours a day, these can minimise hot and cold air loss, but they can still be low on energy output by being connected to heat pumps instead of directly to the electricity.
Restaurant and Kitchen Areas
Air conditioning and ventilation in hotel kitchens and restaurants plays a vital role in maintaining a clean, hygienic and comfortable environment for both staff and guests. In busy catering kitchens, a lot of heat can be generated in a confined space, meaning effective cooling systems must be in place. Integrated refrigeration, heating and cooling maximises heat recovery and energy savings.
The same should be considered for large dining areas. The ventilation system must be able to keep the room temperature completely comfortable, even when very busy, and help to eliminate odours.
Air conditioning in hotel rooms should always offer individual temperature and humidity control, quiet operation and odour filtration. Smaller hotels may be able to achieve this by using low-cost split systems with wall units with an external condensing unit. These can be remotely controlled to allow guests to choose their desired temperature and also offer enzyme and photocatalytic filters to clean the air.
Larger hotels would benefit from VRF (variable refrigerant flow) systems, where up to 50 indoor air handling units can be connected to one external condensing unit. Every room can be individually controlled, and the units can be turned off when the room is unoccupied.
These units will be placed on the roof of the building and can offer ‘variable speed compressors’ or ‘multiple compressors’ to offer significant energy savings.
Offering the best experience for your guests
Using a combination of smart technology and energy-efficient, state of the art air conditioning systems, hoteliers can save money and increase efficiency when controlling the temperature of their establishment.
Smart programmes can make climate control incredibly easy to handle and can be integrated into your existing Building Management System. Intelligent touch master or key card operating systems will help hotels reduce energy costs and optimise energy consumption.
Hotel air conditioning systems from Total Environmental Kooling
At TEK, we take care of the entire process from the initial design through to the installation and aftercare of your commercial air conditioning system for hotels and other commercial properties.
If you need help with achieving the optimum temperature for your commercial property and would like to find out more about our commercial air conditioning and climate control systems, call us on 0117 952 3355, or fill in our online contact form.