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Reopening Your Hotel after a Long Closure – Air Quality is a Key Component

Posted on June 15, 2021
by chelina@createape.com

Summer is here. That means there is an increase of travel and the need for travelers to stay at hotels. However, it’s important to remember that SARS-CoV-2 is still active in the community. It’s imperative to do everything possible to help limit the spread of the virus indoors to maintain hotel guest safety. Hotels need to start taking the necessary steps now. Maintaining healthy indoor air quality is each establishment’s responsibility in limiting the spread of the virus everywhere, not just in hotels. 

Some of the consequences of having poor indoor air quality include putting people at risk, more potential lockdowns, and the risk of potentially shutting down entirely. It’s also important to perform regular checkups on the hotel’s HVAC air in order to avoid expensive repairs or having to replace the whole system. Air purifiers can help limit the spread of the virus for hotel guest safety but there are many more steps that should be taken to improve indoor air quality. There are other things to consider, such as upgrading air filtration systems and cleaning and performing maintenance on current HVAC systems. 

Indoor air quality shouldn’t be a hotel’s only concern. Another important factor they should is potential fire risks as well. Ways to limit major fire hazards include cleaning kitchen exhaust hoods, cleaning bathroom and laundry exhaust systems, and cleaning and maintaining dryer vents. 

The pandemic is bringing about a new normal and with that comes the need for improvements. Guest safety should be a hotels’ number one priority. Now is the time to take action and prepare. Here are a few things to consider as you reopen your facility.

Air Purification

More and more studies are coming out showing the efficacy of purifiers. They are an effective tool used for air filtration that helps limit airborne contaminants in public areas. This is an important consideration for hotel guest safety in areas like the reception desk, lobby, hotel restaurant, conference rooms, etc. 

There are a few things to consider to get the most benefit from mobile air purifiers. The best and most effective place to put mobile air purifiers is at a tabletop level. They should be in an area free of obstructions so that airflow in not limited. It is important to use air purifiers even if you have an HVAC system. HVAC systems were not designed to solely reduce airborne contaminants; the next few paragraphs will explain how hotels can make their HVAC systems healthier.

Maintain and Clean

Hotels need to make sure their HVAC systems are clean and filtering properly to ensure hotel guest safety. Maintaining filter efficiency in an HVAC system can be complicated. The experts at AirTek use reporting data from the hotel’s HVAC system to determine what adjustments need to be done to improve performance. Some changes will need to be made for hotel systems to be up to the new pandemic standards for filtration. 

In addition to HVAC maintenance, hotels will need to have their ducts cleaned, kitchen exhausts cleaned, dryer vents cleaned and more. Left unclean, all of these can be a major fire hazard, putting hotel guests safety at risk.

Disinfect

There are two tools used by AirTek to disinfect and improve air quality: bipolar Ionization and ultraviolet C light. Both are used to clean the inside of HVAC systems, thus improving the quality of the air that flows through them. Here’s more information about how each tool works.

Bipolar Ionization
Bipolar ionization makes use of air-cleaning agents already found in nature. These agents are electrically charged oxygen ions. The way it works is that these electrically charged ions form clusters that make them filterable, meaning the clusters that contain harmful microorganisms can be caught, broken down, and filtered out. This is effective in reducing airborne contaminants and helps decrease unpleasant odors. It helps filter the air that’s coming in from outdoors, so, any building that is in a location with poor outdoor air quality can benefit from bipolar ionization.

Ultra-Violet C Light
Another way of limiting the movement of contaminated air in order to maintain hotel guest safety is ultraviolet C light. This tool helps improve the quality of the indoor air by diminishing airborne contaminants and allergens that move through HVAC systems. Ultraviolet C light can either kill or deactivate microorganisms. When used in this manner, the light is called UVGI. The microorganisms it kills or deactivates include allergens, viruses, bacteria, and fungi such as mold. To deactivate the microorganisms means that they will no longer be able to reproduce, thus stopping their spread.

Call the Professionals Before You Reopen Your Hotel

Hotels have struggled during the pandemic with lockdowns and new guidelines. With so much new information coming out daily, it’s hard to keep on top of it all. AirTek is ready to provide hotels with cleaner and healthier indoor environments. Hotels will be able to reassure guests that they are utilizing the best tools in the industry to ensure the best indoor air quality possible. The information in this article is just a general overview of the possible ways of improving indoor air quality. AirTek has experts on hand that will provide more information about hotel air quality. 

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