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Energy Efficiency in Hotels: An Opportunity To Save

The hospitality industry faces many energy challenges. Energy conservation affects the bottom line of any business, but in a field that requires heavily on a sterling reputation, green initiatives can often be the decisive factor for guests choosing where to stay or where to host their next event or conference.

Today, travelers are informed and educated on the environmental efforts of the business they patronize. In such a competitive industry, making your sustainability efforts known is an extension of the efforts you make to save money and save energy. In many ways, sharing your environmental focus can help to push the whole industry forwards.

Energy Saving Opportunities in Hospitality

Energy efficiency in hotels comes down to three big opportunities:

  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
  • Hot water
  • Lighting

Overall, energy efficiency initiatives and updates in older, less efficient facilities can save substantial amounts of energy and associated costs. A comprehensive hospitality energy audit forecasts a 30-50% overall energy reduction, with HVAC and hot water expected to save 20% per year and lighting roughly 30%.

As hotels look to measure the benefits, they can get granular. By saving energy, hotels can save make an additional $1.35 on their daily room rate when they make these energy investments.

Hotel Energy Assessment

To get started, Keen Technical Solutions begins a hospitality energy assessment with a thorough in-person audit of the facility. This can take hours or days to complete, analyzing the entire property to look for energy-saving opportunities.

Energy Billing and Data Collection

Numbers don’t lie. By looking at several years’ worth of energy bills and compiling the data, we can create a holistic view of energy use and experience annually, seasonally, and how each additional guest contributes to the total. We’ll look at how those three main energy segments contribute to energy costs and create a list of recommendations.

Hotel Energy Efficiency Upgrades

We don’t just tell you what you should do. Our team includes a full team of technicians to make the changes necessary to meet your company’s green initiative. From upgrading lighting fixtures room by room or implementing a Combined Heat and Power (CHP), we implement all of the solutions we recommend to our own exacting standards.

Our micro CHP installation with A.O. Smith and the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa was one of our most successful projects and just one example of focusing on providing solutions for any industry to make strides toward a more sustainable future.

Ready to learn how Keen Technical Solutions can make an impact on your hospitality business? Let’s talk.

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Why Commercial Indoor Air Quality Matters

More than ever, business owners and leaders are putting a renewed emphasis on commercial indoor air quality. From office buildings to industrial settings, indoor air quality matters. From public health concerns, productivity, and safety, there are several reasons to invest in improving indoor air quality for you and your team.

What Causes Indoor Air Quality Issues?

Commercial settings create a high-risk environment and can quickly see air quality deteriorate. Some of the most common contributors to indoor air pollution include:

  • VOCs (volatile organic compounds) released by cleaning products and other materials
  • Chemicals from carpeting, paint, resin, and composite furniture
  • Mold and mildew
  • Airborne irritants like dust, hair, viruses, and bacteria

What Are The Consequences of Poor Indoor Air Quality?

Without proper monitoring, symptoms of poor indoor air quality are often the first sign to business owners and facility managers that indoor air quality has been compromised. These symptoms include headaches, fatigue, and scratchy throats in certain areas of the building or in building-wide.

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Highest Risk Places for Bad IAQ

Buildings that see a lot of people spend a lot of time together indoors are of particular concern when it comes to indoor air quality. These settings are even higher risk at a time when many viruses are circulating in a community, such as cold and flu season. Of course, these are the same locations that have been taking extra precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schools

Most schools welcome students for at least six hours a day and require 1,000 hours or more from their students, staff, and administrators. Poor indoor air quality increases the risk of absenteeism, especially in students who may have pre-existing respiratory conditions like allergies or asthma. Excellent indoor air quality can also increase focus and productivity in students and staff alike.

Offices

For businesses with employees on-site for 40 hours or more per week, there is more to indoor air quality than just doing the right thing. By prioritizing indoor air quality, managers can reduce sick days, increase performance, and prove how much they care about their team’s health and safety.

Healthcare

Even a small, one-doctor practice can see dozens of patients per day. Proper ventilation and air exchange play a vital role in removing contaminated air inside with fresh, clean air from outdoors. In hospital settings, indoor air quality has become even more of a focus since the COVID-19 pandemic began and will continue to see consistent improvement and investment in the years to come.

Commercial Indoor Air Quality Testing Near Me

At Keen Technical Solutions, we provide businesses with commercial indoor air quality assessments and testing to help keep their employees safe. We see this as a must-do element of creating and managing an energy-efficient HVAC system that can keep your business competitive. Learn more about our commercial HVAC services and contact Keen Technical Solutions today.

Ventilation In 21 New York City Schools Need Work

Ventilation can help us all breathe easier. Buildings across the country have been working hard to bring workers and students back safely. Schools have had a unique opportunity to get things right; time. How have schools done with the summer months to reopen?

In April, New York City was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States and the world. For weeks, its healthcare system was held together by sheer determination, with millions of people observing strict lockdown guidelines to flatten the curve. One of the earliest moves was to close schools across the city, a reaction that put a strain on all residents. The strain was worth it. Today, New York City and indeed New York state seems to be one of the most successful locations to have dealt with its outbreak.

However, all of that progress could be put into jeopardy over the coming weeks. Tens of thousands of students are heading back to school in-person. Earlier this summer, school officials pushed back the official start of face-to-face instruction to give educators and administration more time to adjust, test, and prepare. Just this week, however, twenty-one schools across the city advised teachers to stay home. Staff had been reporting to schools to prepare for school and to undergo annual professional development classes. 

There is optimism that even the worst of those twenty-one schools could still be safe by the September 21 back-to-school date. The administration is working with a number of local contractors to make the necessary ventilation and HVAC improvements necessary to get those facilities up to the COVID-19 standards now in place. 

While children currently account for just 3.3% of New York City’s coronavirus cases, that low rate of illness is likely thanks to such quick school closures and strict guidelines that canceled everything from class to team sports to events. To get back to school safely, proper HVAC and ventilation systems, including adequate air purification fixtures, will be vital. 

At Keen, we’ve been working with Michigan schools and businesses to keep people safe. To learn more, call us today to schedule your COVID-19 consultation.