Heating Systems in Hospitality
Hotel business depends on several factors the most important one being the sources and types of heating systems (Brumbaugh 97). It is important to note that when starting a hotel business, the most vital element that one should consider is the heating systems to be used as they account a significant portion or percentage in the total costs of running the hotel business. It is, therefore, necessary to discuss the different types of heating systems in hospitality. To get a better understanding of the heating systems, it is also vital to understand about the advantages and disadvantages of each heating systems as this may help many hotel owners and investors in choosing the best heating systems for their business. In the hospitality sector, heating systems are required for the following various reasons; space cooling, lighting, space heating, auxiliary equipment’s, water heating and auxiliary motors among others (Mitchell 78).
There are several heating systems which hotel owners and operators can choose from namely; electric heating, solar heating, geothermal heating, radiant heating systems, forced air heating systems among others (Rees 78). Radiant heating systems Radiant heating systems are a modern type of heat distribution in hotels. They use ducts which circulate heated air via a finite vacuum that warms the whole or entire volume to the preferable temperatures. In hotels, the cooking ovens usually work on this principle of radiant heating (Rees 45). Also, the radiant heating systems are used to deliver heat via the walls and floors of the hotel buildings. Advantages of radiant heating systems It lowers utility bills. The radiant heating systems especially the hydronic systems when used effectively tend to reduce the utility bills.
The hydronic is 30% efficient and reliable while warming floors and walls. Usually, water conducts heat energy effectively that air (Rees 89). It also needs less energy in maintaining water at a specific temperature over a specified period. Particularly the hydronic radiant systems can cause water leakages. If not installed well, they can cause some leakages which can have more significant impacts on the walls and floors of the hotel buildings and also creating the mold that makes the place look untidy (Woodson 64). Geothermal heating systems Geothermal power or energy is the energy that is generated from beneath the surface of the earth. Advantages Low heating costs. The primary advantage of geothermal energy is its low heating costs which use less electricity as compared to other heating systems (Woodson 67).
They are mostly found in larger hotels. They are of benefit in that they provide hot water in historical and older hotels (Brumbaugh 134). Advantages Hot and steam water systems have various benefits such as; they usually have very few moving parts which make them more durable and reliable if well maintained. They provide dust free and clean heat which is a great significant element to the users of hotels as they stay in a good environment that is not contaminated by various pollutants such as carbon dioxide gas (Mitchell 67). Disadvantages The steam heating systems are not reliable as it provides little heat. The annual maintenance fee is also a thing to consider as the hotels need to keep on changing some parts of the panel which might need renew or repair (Brumbaugh 245).
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