COVID Case Reduction Boosts Hotel Infrastructure Spending
We’ll soon be checking in to hotels, so take a moment to appreciate what’s going on behind the scenes to keep things humming. Hotels need to be a self-contained mini-city that maintains separate heating and/or air conditioning, ventilation and lighting – not to mention housekeeping, food services, and security systems.
In most hotels the HVAC solution is a sophisticated operation. Each room must be kept temperate and ventilated along with common areas, conference halls, and the occasional retail spaces. Keeping all these systems running means daily monitoring and maintenance of a hotel’s HVAC and various mechanical systems.
HVAC, Power Solutions, and Back-up Generators
The power must keep flowing. Modern hotels incorporate sophisticated entertainment options in rooms and in shared spaces. On demand movies, gaming options, high-speed Internet all require reliable and considerable amounts of power. Electrical systems in hotels are sophisticated and complex and the situation is demanding because accommodations are continually upgrading and modernizing to keep guests comfortable and excited.
Any interruption in a hotel’s power or reduction in amenities and services would be disastrous for profitable operations and could cause panic. To prevent issues most hotels rely on large, robust backup generators. In the event of an interruption in the grid, power generators kick on and keep running until normal power is restored.
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What do all these systems have in common?
While computers are persuasive throughout hotel operations – when you get down to the basic mechanical systems you’ll find electrical contacts used in the motor and power control systems. Large HVAC systems need high-voltage 3-phase power feeds that use replacement electrical contact kits.
Electrical and lighting systems throughout a hotel complex switch between high voltage to standard voltages. Hotel operations also utilize large industrial equipment too; such as freezers and ovens in kitchens, laundry equipment, and various pump systems throughout (for pools, plumbing, etc). At each point you’ll find motors and motor controls as well as emergency cut-offs relying on quality replacement parts like electrical contacts.
The Denver Tramway building was built in 1911 and held the city’s public transportation system offices (Credit: Wiki Commons