Making sure that all guests are satisfied is the primary goal of all hotel owners, this is why many of them are exploring possible opportunities and are providing special perks to satisfy the needs of the people staying in their place.
Business will run well if guests are happy and everything is tidy and precise. However, there’s one problem that can impair all the hard work and efforts: poor indoor air quality.
But, what causes poor indoor air quality in hotels?
The sources and factors that negatively influence hotel air quality are wide-ranging, here are the most common of them:
- Poor housekeeping and maintenance. Aerosols and dust continue to grow and increase when tables, windows, curtains, floors, and other surfaces are not cleaned and vacuumed properly.
- Use of cleaning products. Many cleaning chemicals used in hotels emit gasses that can be damaging to health. Examples are air fresheners, detergents, and floor care products that release volatile organic compounds that can cause headache and allergic reactions to people exposed.
- Poorly operating HVAC System. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that do not provide proper heating, cooling, and air flow can cause dust, bacteria, carbon dioxide, and viruses to build up which can degrade indoor air quality in hotels.
- Renovations restore or put a building in a much better condition. But sometimes, this can cause harm to one’s health. Activities like this release high concentrations of particulate matter and asbestos fibers, which can lead to intensified asthma attacks and lung cancer.
Resolving indoor air quality problems in hotels
There are numerous ways that hotels can do to improve their facility’s indoor air quality, one of the most important of them all is to invest in indoor air quality monitors. These monitors are devices that measure different factors that affect indoor air. Not all air quality monitors measure the same number of air pollutants, some track 7 pollutants, others measure 9. But there is one innovative IAQ device that is considered the most comprehensive since it is capable of monitoring 13 to 15 air quality factors: the uHoo Aura.
uHoo Aura measures different air quality parameters including temperature, humidity, particulate matter (PM1, PM2.5, PM4, and PM10) air pressure, formaldehyde, Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOCs) and more. By having the right data on the presence and concentration of air pollutants, hotel management can create unique action plans to effectively address existing air quality issues and prevent potential problems from happening. The uHoo Aura device also comes with a Virus Index, a sensor that presents assessments on the risk of viruses dwelling in built environments. The Virus Index uses a 10-point scoring system that is divided into four categories: Good, Mild, Bad and Severe.
1 to 3 (Good)
|Virus survival is low and the virus spreading in the air is unlikely.|
4 to 6 (Mild)
|Virus survival is moderate and the virus spreading in the air is possible but air quality poses little to almost no direct health risk for people who are usually not sensitive to air pollution. Sensitive people may experience health effects. More attention to air quality should be given and actions to improve air quality are recommended.|
7 to 8 (Bad)
|Virus survival is prolonged and likelihood of the virus spreading in the air is higher. Air quality poses some health risks. Critical assessment of your air quality is necessary and actions to improve air quality is required.|
9 to 10 (Severe)
|Virus survival is high and the virus spreading in the air is likely. Air quality would affect most people and actions to improve air quality are necessary.|
Through the uHoo Virus Index, hotel owners can adjust their indoor environment to prevent potential infections and virus outbreaks.
The IAQ data provided by the uHoo Aura device can also be shared with employees and guests via hotel screens, which helps cultivate transparency and confidence knowing that the facility is free from any health risks associated with poor air, especially in this post-pandemic age.
You can’t improve indoor air quality in hotels if you do not know what the problem is and what the sources are. Indoor air quality, when well-maintained improves guest experience, increases employee health and productivity, and boosts operating efficiency.
- Hospitality Tech