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IQAir can help make your guests feel at home with clean air

In recent years, the hospitality industry has dramatically improved its awareness of air quality issues that have a direct impact on guest comfort and health. More customers today are sensitive to poor air quality in hotels. Often the first cause of concern is odors from cleaning agents, tobacco smoke or water damage or renovation. In addition, a growing number of customers are looking for hotel accommodations that cater to their need for an allergy- or asthma-friendly environment.

Guests appreciate clean, healthy air

Hotel developers and managers realize air quality can be an important consideration for guests, especially in deciding whether or not to return to the property for future trips or meetings. A growing number of travelers, especially those from among the 40 million Americans who suffer from allergies, will no longer stay at hotels unless the guest rooms have allergy-friendly options and appointments. As many as 38% of hotels now offer allergy-friendly rooms, and at least 25% of hotels offer air purifiers in rooms (unfortunately, many of those air purifiers produce ions and ozone that can damage health). Hotel rooms equipped for allergy-sensitive guests are sold at a premium, according to industry analysts. The same guests who are willing to pay a premium for allergy-sensitive sleeping rooms also expect the same high level of air quality in lobbies, conference rooms, and even large ballrooms.

Typical IAQ problems for hotels

Throughout the industry, hotel rooms are typically kept at a slightly negative pressurization as a result of toilet exhaust fans venting to the outside and pulling air into the room under the door. This means the air quality of the corridor will directly affect the air quality in the guest rooms. The air quality in the corridor is in turn affected by outdoor air and by indoor air from public and private areas of the hotel. As a result, a steady flow of particulate pollution, chemicals, gases and other contaminants is drawn into guest rooms from the corridor. These contaminants affect the health and comfort of guests. Other serious air-quality issues in hotels include the presence of mold and bacteria in ductwork and behind walls, as well as off-gassing from carpets and furniture in the guest room itself.

IQAir has the ability to assist the hospitality industry with particular air quality problems or a desire for preventive actions by providing state-of-the-art air cleaning solutions that are scientifically validated. Whether a problem stems from polluted outdoor air or from a particular chemical substance released by indoor materials, IQAir is able to offer solutions that address the particular concern at hand and fit the budget and other practical requirements of the hotel or restaurant.

Swissôtel relies on IQAir for clean air in its Vitality Room

As an example of how the hospitality industry is improving air quality for health-conscious guests, IQAir clean-air technology is featured in the Vitality Room of Swissôtel in Zurich, Switzerland. The room was specially designed to be a serene and stylish sanctuary for those concerned about physical and mental well-being. The Vitality Room builds upon Swissôtel’s well-received Vitality Program, which takes an integrated approach to supporting guests by focusing on health and wellness. To read more about IQAir and the Swissôtel Vitality Room, click here

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