Driven by Latest Technology from Friedrich, Indoor Air Quality Becomes Competitive Advantage for U.S. Lodging, Hotel Industry

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Beyond thread count, branded mattresses and customizable pillow menus, U.S. hoteliers are overlooking the basics for creating a better sleeping experience for guests. Thanks to the latest technology, the issue of how best to improve indoor air quality is now in the spotlight for lodging and hotel properties both large and small.

Friedrich FreshAire PTAC

Attention to better indoor air quality is long overdue. The lodging industry is waking up to the fact that, for guests, it can make a major difference between a good night's sleep and a great one.

Travelers are often weary, and the lodging industry knows it. That’s why promising a quality night’s sleep has become a key marketing advantage touted by many of the top hospitality players.

Yet beyond thread count, branded mattresses and customizable pillow menus, some hoteliers are overlooking the basics for creating a better sleeping experience for guests. With allergy and humidity seasons arriving, the need to deliver more comfort for guests is as obvious as the nose on a face.

Thanks to new technology introduced by Friedrich Air Conditioning Co., a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of heating, cooling and other air conditioning products, the issue of how best to improve indoor air quality is now in the spotlight for lodging and hotel properties both large and small. The company has introduced two powerful options designed to help the industry vastly improve the air guests breathe.

“Exceptional indoor air quality is that invisible, yet powerful, weapon that lodging owners are now using to gain competitive advantage and increase guest loyalty,” said TJ Wheeler, Friedrich VP of Marketing and Product Management. “Attention to better quality air is long overdue; after all, there’s not much that disturbs a guest’s sleep more than sneezing and sniffing all night long.”

Until now, there weren’t a lot of options for hoteliers to improve indoor air quality on a room-by-room basis beyond installing a big, expensive and complex HVAC systems. While older in-room units were designed to effectively heat and cool the room air, typical room air conditioners didn’t address factors like rigorous standards for fresh air intake, filtration and sophisticated humidity control. With its new closet-mounted, award-winning VRP® (Variable Refrigerant Packaged) Heat Pump system and just-introduced FreshAire PTAC unit, Friedrich’s innovative indoor air quality solutions give hoteliers significantly more options.

Both Friedrich’s VRP and FreshAire PTAC offer powerful indoor air quality performance in small packages. Both incorporate Friedrich’s patents-pending FreshAire system based on energy efficient inverter compressor with the ability to bring in conditioned make-up air (MUA) and MERV-8 filtration. And both are designed to meet ASHRAE 62.1-2013, the standard for indoor air quality.

In addition to simply bringing in fresh air from the outdoors, these solutions also help eliminate unpleasant odors and other discomforts that can cause guests angst. Overly perfumed or musty rooms can keep guests awake just as much as bright lights or an uncomfortable mattress. The Friedrich VRP and FreshAire PTAC address these issues by controlling humidity better and delivering fresh air that can help prevent problems from starting in the first place, while reducing maintenance costs for hoteliers.

But clearing the air is only one aspect of creating the ultimate sleep ambience. Friedrich’s new solutions also offer precise temperature and noise reduction, two factors that are important for lodging owners to be able to deliver on their promise of an exceptional night's sleep.

“In the future, it’s highly conceivable that guests won’t just be asking what kind of bed is provided, but what kind of air quality is being offered,” said Wheeler. “The lodging industry is waking up to the fact that great indoor air quality can make a real difference between a good and a great sleep.”

About Friedrich Air Conditioning Co.
Founded in 1883, Friedrich has manufactured room air conditioners since 1952. Friedrich is a leading manufacturer of air conditioners and other home environment products. Constructed of the highest quality components, Friedrich products are built to exacting standards and are among the quietest, most highly featured and most energy-efficient available. For more information, please visit http://www.friedrich.com

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