Top 4 Steps for the Best Hotel Air Quality

Hotels have unique demands on their ventilation systems. Not only do they need to provide comfort and safety to guests with a clean, fresh supply of air, they need to consider issues such as moisture and humidity, kitchen cleanliness, fire safety, adequate airflow to function rooms, and filtering of contaminants in the air. As large buildings with a multitude of functions, it’s important that hotels have ductwork that can cope with any challenge.

Guest comfort and safety

To help keep guests comfortable and safe, whether they are staying overnight or visiting for a function, having well ventilated, temperature-regulated rooms is essential. No one wants to be sitting in a hot stuffy room!

The best way to keep your guests happy is with a clean and efficient ductwork system. Providing a constant supply of fresh air helps control temperature, remove contaminants and odours, and improve the overall environment.

Large function rooms, such as those used for weddings or conferences, should be closely monitored for the fresh air flow into the room. If it’s not meeting standards, cleaning and performing maintenance to your ductwork can help.

Kitchen Cleanliness

Hotels often perform catering on a mass scale. As a result, grease and smoke particles can quickly build up in kitchen ductwork, even without intensive use, and most commercial kitchen fires are caused by grease-blocked ductwork. If your hotel includes a patisserie or bakery, you could also be looking at flour build-up in your ducts – which is potentially explosive under the right conditions.

Ensure your kitchen is regularly deep cleaned, including all ductwork and grease traps, to help improve ventilation and staff comfort and health. Not only will air quality improve, having a cleaner kitchen in all regards is excellent for health and safety standards.

Moisture and Humidity Control

If your hotel contains a swimming pool, sauna, or gym changing room facilities, it’s important to ensure that your ductwork can properly handle the levels of moisture in the air. While en-suite bathrooms can normally be ventilated with a good extractor fan system, pools and saunas release far more humidity and moisture into the air – potentially creating a breeding ground for airborne diseases and mould in ductwork systems.

Properly functioning fans and ductwork will work to draw away moisture from the air. It’s vital to ensure ductwork is cleaned on a regular basis to help prevent the build-up of contaminants which can seriously affect health and air quality.

Fire Safety

Fire damper drop testing is a legal requirement that must be carried out on all ductwork systems annually.  In addition to drop testing, ensuring that ductwork in all areas of the hotel are cleaned and maintained can help in the event of a fire, by channelling away smoke and allowing more time for an evacuation. Having fully-functioning dampers and efficient ductwork systems can make a huge difference in the event of a fire.

Hotels are large, complex buildings that serve many purposes and need high levels of ductwork cleaning and maintenance. Listed or historic hotels need even more specialist care when it comes to ductwork. At Ductbusters, we have the experience to handle all kinds of ductwork cleaning. Our experienced team of highly-qualified ductwork engineers have the skills to clean and maintain all kinds of ductwork used for a variety of purposes and perform maintenance work as well.

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