Connect with us
Apply Now

Executive Voice

How Hotels Can Reassure Travelers According to a Microbiologist

At this stage of the pandemic, many of us have realized that returning to “normality” as we knew it is still a fair way off. But what we can do is adapt to the “new normal” and take steps to make every day life as safe as possible. For the travel and hospitality industries in particular, reassuring consumers that travel and tourism can be done safely is essential in ensuring recovery from the Coronavirus fallout. For many of us, all we are craving is a change of scenery, even if that means a night away in a nice hotel. But now hotels need to be able to reassure customers that they are doing everything they can to keep them safe.

“Everyone focuses on the surfaces in a hotel room, but COVID-19 is an airborne virus,” says Dr. Rajiv Sahay, director of the Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory at Pure Air Control Services in Florida. “Hotel industry leaders who understand the importance of sanitizing the HVAC system as well as how to communicate it, are going to be the winners as consumers start traveling again in greater numbers.” With this in mind, Dr. Sahay has articulated five essential steps that hotels should follow to qualify for true hypoallergenic room certification.

Evaluate Indoor Air Quality

We know that coronavirus can exist in aerosol form in the air, and that a person can contract the virus without any physical contact. That’s why it’s essential to conduct a baseline environmental test (including for COVID-19) as well as testing of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) to ensure these systems are managing the right air quantities indoors to verify the building’s safety.

Neutralize Pathogens

While trying to reduce and prevent pathogens in the air, cleaning and air filtration in hotel rooms should include building disinfection using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered disinfectants to neutralize bacteria. This is an essential step prior to the facilities being certified as hypoallergenic. 

Clean and Restore HVAC Units

You can be assured that a dirty air conditioner is doing more harm than good, and can result in allergen or mold buildups which will end up circulating in the air. All HVAC units must be hygienically cleaned with 350° F steam, and then restored with anti-microbial paint. Also make sure that the fiberglass duct board is encapsulated to prevent degradation, which increases the longevity and removes the added cost of replacing it.

Use Air Purification Technology

An air purifier is an effective way to reduce pollutants in the air, preferably one that uses detection technology and multi-stage HEPA filtration. A HEPA filter stands for high efficiency particulate air, which works by forcing air through a fine mesh and traps particles that may be harmful. PURE-Plasma bi-polar ionization technology should be installed for the continuous cleaning of the air to remove allergens, microbes, odors and particles. Indoor air may contain as much as five times the amount of some pollutants as outdoor air.  While some people use purifiers seasonally to help with allergies, every hotel should be making them a necessity all year round.

Monitor conditions

Demonstrating to your guests just how much you are prioritizing air quality and their subsequent safety will be the thing that keeps your business alive in the long term. Conditions should be consistently monitored for changes by conducting real time indoor air quality (IAQ) monitoring of the building 24/7 including particles, temperature, rH, CO2 and VOC. Doing this will not only maintain a certified hypoallergenic status, but also will allow us to move on in the new normal rather than wait for things to return to how they once were,

Find out more about Pure Air Control Services here.

Continue Reading

Copyright © 2022 Disrupt ™ Magazine is a Minority Owned Privately Held Company - Disrupt ™ was founder by Puerto Rican serial entrepreneur and philanthropist Tony Delgado who is on a mission to transform Latin America using the power of education and entrepreneurship.

Disrupt ™ Magazine
151 Calle San Francisco
Suite 200
San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00901

Opinions expressed by Disrupt Contributors are their own. Disrupt Magazine invites voices from many diverse walks of life to share their perspectives on our contributor platform. We are big believers in freedom of speech and while we do enforce our community guidelines, we do not actively censor stories on our platform because we want to give our contributors the freedom to express their opinions. Articles are not commissioned by our editorial team, and opinions expressed by our community contributors do not reflect the opinions of Disrupt or its employees.
We are committed to fighting the spread of misinformation online so if you feel an article on our platform goes against our community guidelines or contains false information, we do encourage you to report it. We need your help to fight the spread of misinformation. For more information please visit our Contributor Guidelines available here.

Disrupt ™ is the voice of latino entrepreneurs around the world. We are part of a movement to increase diversity in the technology industry and we are focused on using entrepreneurship to grow new economies in underserved communities both here in Puerto Rico and throughout Latin America. We enable millennials to become what they want to become in life by learning new skills and leveraging the power of the digital economy. We are living proof that all you need to succeed in this new economy is a landing page and a dream. Disrupt tells the stories of the world top entrepreneurs, developers, creators, and digital marketers and help empower them to teach others the skills they used to grow their careers, chase their passions and create financial freedom for themselves, their families, and their lives, all while living out their true purpose. We recognize the fact that most young people are opting to skip college in exchange for entrepreneurship and real-life experience. Disrupt Magazine was designed to give the world a taste of that.