Smart Solutions for Improving Indoor Air Quality in a Hotel
By Lillian Connors, Senior Digital Marketing Strategist at Bizzmark
A satisfied guest is a goal of all hotel owners and that's why they are trying to fulfill all the needs of the people who are staying there. Business will run smoothly if everything is well organized. However, there is one problem that can spoil all the hard work and that's bad air quality. Providing room cleaners with perfumed cleaning supplies isn't a solution because some guests can get nauseous or dizzy due to the strong scent. Luckily, there are many other ways to improve indoor air quality.
Checking the air filters
First of all, it is necessary to check the air filters. Many people pass through the hotel rooms and that's why the air filters should be checked way more often than at home. If air filters are ignored, they will release the dust particles in the air which can lead to guest complaints and bad reviews. It's recommended to check and probably change the filters at least every two months.
Controlling temperature and humidity
It is a well-known fact that most of the heating ventilation and air conditioning thermostats can only control the temperature of the air. If the room get too cold or hot, the life expectancy of the system can drop and it also creates perfect conditions for the mold to rear its unpleasant head. Removing the excess of humidity from the air by using dehumidifiers or changing the thermostat so it can control both temperature and humidity can solve the problem effectively.
Sources of bad air quality
Hotel owners often forget that the materials they are using during the renovations can affect the indoor air quality. Paints are full of chemicals and that's why it would be wise to use low volatile organic compound paints for breathing in a new life to the hotel rooms. If there are tiles on the ceiling, they can get water-stained, causing excess humidity, and that's why they should be removed as soon as possible.
Clear the air from all the dust, pollen, bacteria, mold and all the other culprits in a short time with only one thing? Sounds wonderful and, yes, it is possible. By installing a new HEPA air purifier, hotel owners will get rid of 99% of all the airborne particles in the rooms that cause the guests to feel like they are suffocating. Its carbon filter will take care of light odors and gases leaving clean and fresh air behind.
In order to improve indoor air quality, it's crucial to prevent the sources that are affecting it in a bad way. Dusty carpet can be cleaned and old furniture can be removed as a source of the dust. When the paint starts to flake, it has to be removed as soon as possible. A roof that leaks will only get worse with time and that's why it has to be changed. All those things may seem insignificant, but they can cause bad air quality if you ignore them.
Use natural materials
When the hotel is being furnished, it's very important to use natural materials wherever it's possible. Wood is an ideal material for the furniture. Hoteliers should avoid buying furniture that is made of particle board, plywood or any other materials that contain formaldehyde. It may sound like an expensive investment, but it will be worth it in the end.
Say no to cigarettes and toxic cleaning products
Cigarette smoke is one of the biggest culprits for bad indoor air quality, and that's why smoking should be forbidden in the rooms. Instead of buying toxic cleaning products that release chemicals in the air, dust and dirt can be easily and effectively removed with eco-friendly cleaning products. Ingredients for those kinds of products are available in every kitchen and it will not be a problem to make them. The results will dazzle the guests with freshness and shine!
Every hotel room will look even more beautiful if there are some plants inside it. However, beside being decorative accessories, plants can help with the indoor air quality. Most of them absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, but some plants are also eliminating harmful chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. Those plants are Snake Plant, English Ivy, Dracaena, Bamboo Palm, Dragon Tree, Lady Palm, Golden Pothos, Peace Lily, Boston Fern and Spider Plant.
Finally, it's crucial to regularly ventilate all the rooms in the hotel. Opening the windows and letting the fresh air come in while the guests are away is one of the best ways to improve the indoor air quality. It may also be good to install a window fan in the room to make sure that all the stale air goes out through the open windows.
Once all these steps are followed employees will be healthier, the guests will be more satisfied with their stay in the hotel and may even recommend it to their friends. And that sounds just perfect, doesn't it?