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How to Prepare Your Hotel for Winter

29 Nov. 2022
How to Prepare Your Hotel for Winter

As the cold winter temperatures continue to intensify with each passing day, several businesses are beginning to prepare for the impact of the high costs associated with this time of year. The effect that the pandemic and the energy crisis have had on the economy not only in the country but worldwide has caused the main focus of any business to reduce the costs of its operations.

As December approaches, the holidays are just around the corner, this translates into high tourist numbers which can be a good sign for the hotel industry if it prepares accordingly and ahead of time.

Here’s a checklist for you to stay at the top of the game and prepare your building for this freezing winter…

Conduct a risk assessment of your hotel.

As a business, it is important to carry out a risk assessment of your hotel to identify areas where extra measures should be taken to prevent potential accidents, and contribute to content and productive staff. As the temperature drops, additional steps should be taken to keep your guests and employees safe. Describing how you will manage health and safety in your business will let your staff and others know about your commitment to these, and will contribute to your brand and reputation.

Have your hotel boiler inspected.

During the winter, demand for services such as boiler checks skyrockets, and repairing a breakdown boiler, which already costs thousands of dollars, doubles this time of the year. Your customers expect to sleep in cozy suites with access to hot water and heating, therefore it is important to ensure that your boiler is than capable to keep up with the demand. Instead of waiting until there’s a problem, start planning ahead of time. Boilers are high-energy users — typically second only to HVAC systems in annual energy use. Inefficient operation means wasted energy and increased operating costs. Boiler problems are also dangerous if not addressed promptly, so prioritize the safety of your staff and visitors by having your boiler repaired before winter hits.

Take care of your building’s maintenance.

As mentioned before, taking measures at the last minute can represent an exaggerated expense for your business. Preventative maintenance is much cheaper than corrective maintenance. It increases your business’ efficiency by extending the life of your equipment and the quality of the building’s overall condition, boosts customer satisfaction, and it increases employee productivity by allowing them to focus on other tasks instead. Conducting an inspection to identify possible malfunctions can save you a significant sum of money and help you avoid any accidents that could affect your hotel’s operations or harm a third person. Don’t wait for a problem to occur in your building, take action beforehand!

Implement energy efficiency strategies.

Due to the current energy crisis that continues to threaten our utility bill each month with overpriced electricity, several businesses have highlighted the importance of implementing energy-efficient tactics to survive. “On average, America’s 47,000 hotels spend $2,196 per available room each year on energy. This represents about 6% of all operating costs.” It is important to take measures to reduce the energy consumption of your building without compromising the smooth running of your daily operations. Measures you can take can be as simple as unplugging appliances that are not in use, changing the lightbulbs in each room to more efficient ones, installing automating shutdown sockets, etc. Taking an energy-efficient approach not only helps you save money but also helps the environment and improves your image by showing your commitment to helping save our planet.

Keep your HVAC in check.

Your air conditioner is one of the main tools for your building to provide an appropriate indoor climate for your guests, therefore it is extremely important to ensure it receives the necessary attention to prevent it from breaking down in the middle of winter. In addition, due to excessive energy prices that continue to rise, automating your HVAC can not only help you save money but also help you keep up with all your tasks without having to worry about each room’s indoor climate.

At Setpoint we understand that getting your building ready for this winter can be overwhelming, that’s why we’re here to help by making this season’s most important energy consumer better, smarter, and more efficient … your HVAC. Our AI-powered technology reduces your energy consumption during peak hours without sacrificing the indoor climate of your building. With our Climate Intelligence solution, we enable our customers to take control of their air conditioning system and optimize it making it smarter and more energy efficient. We cover all crucial pain points: From lowering energy consumption to predicting when your HVAC needs maintenance.

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