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HVAC systems in hotels: 5 things to consider

HVAC systems for hotels are required to create the best possible comfort for guests with reliable and efficient technologies.

For hotel owners, the priority is customer experience as it is synonymous of hospitality. It is no surprise that customer experience is a defining characteristic of this business. Customer experience is what the hospitality industry is all about.

 

Choose the right HVAC system for a comfortable hotel stay

 

Nowadays consumers have a multitude of choice when it comes to selecting a vacation or a business stay. Consumers look at what the accommodation will includes and how comfortable they will feel. For this reason, hotels must provide a memorable impression for guests and they must stand out so that guests choose their option first and then come back again and again.

HVAC systems are a hugely important component within hotels that contribute to customers’ comfort expectations. Every aspect of the hotel is important to create the perfect sense of comfort which will help in making the customer experience memorable. HVAC systems, though, can also have a significant impact on buildings operating costs and on profits. For this reason, we want to highlight five aspects to consider when designing a HVAC system for a hotel.

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1 – Hot sanitary water

 

Cooling is essential in creating comfort for every guest, but hot sanitary water is also required. A chiller can offer total heat recovery, which is a perfect solution to produce hot sanitary water whilst drastically reducing energy consumption.

In fact, the requirement for comfort cooling in a hotel throughout the year can be used to produce hot sanitary water as well. This is possible thanks to the total heat recovery option. For instance, a hotel hosting events or operating with a significant number of business guests using conference rooms and meeting rooms. The mentioned examples can require cooling in every season, even in winter. This allows the use of total heat recovery to produce hot sanitary water all year round, clearly making the most of the heat recovery process during the summer, whilst benefiting from it during the rest of the year.

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2 – Low noise

 

To ensure guests have the best possible experience, low noise is crucial when designing an HVAC system for a hotel. Less noise produced by the HVAC system means a more comfortable and enjoyable stay for the guests. In this case, it is helpful to have the possibility to further reduce the default noise threshold by setting time bands.

The Daikin Applied UK TZ range offers such a solution. In addition to offering very low noise values, the EWAD – TZ and the EWAH – TZ, can also allow facility managers to set the unit noise level to a minimum during specific time bands. Click here to view our chiller range.

 

3 – Building load variation

 

Hotels’ load typically varies depending on the season or due to specific functions. That has a significant impact on the energy efficiency of the building. It is therefore important to ensure variation in load demand of the building is considered. For a more efficient HVAC system, it might be useful to split the load across multiple units of different sizes and control them as though they are one large single unit.

Daikin (iCM), is designed to control, sequence and optimise the performance of multiple chillers, is the perfect solution for this type of HVAC systems. The iCM harmonises the way every single chiller in the plant operates. It allows them to reach their goal with minimum effort, both in terms of energy consumption and mechanically. This will positively impact the chillers durability and efficiency.

 

4 – Water flow variation

 

To make the HVAC system more efficient, it is important to make sure it can vary the water flow depending on the actual load demand of building, making pumps more efficient. A Variable Water Flow system is the perfect solution to this specific requirement. It modulates the quantity of water flowing through the system, ensuring that pumps work as efficiently as possible, thus reducing their impact on energy consumption.

5 – Monitoring units’ operations

 

Monitoring the units’ performance is vital in reducing costs and ensuring energy efficiency of the HVAC system. This allows the implementation of efficiency strategies based on the observation of real data, as well as allowing access to tax incentives. For this purpose, Daikin Applied UK has recently introduced for its TZ range with monitoring options. This allows constant monitoring of units’ performance in terms of energy consumption and collecting useful data.

Reliability of the HVAC equipment is a primary concern for hotels and resorts as it can have a huge impact on customer experience. To make maintenance planning easier and more effective, Daikin Applied UK offers a remote monitoring service Daikin On Site (DoS), which allows the monitoring and collecting of operational data and schedule maintenance activities, this helps to avoid the units’ downtime.

 

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