How to design ventilation systems for hotel guest rooms

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How to design ventilation systems for hotel guest rooms
An old ventilation system, such as this one, can contribute to stale air. (rusty vent image by Karin Lau from

Air quality is an important part of a guest's stay in any type of lodging. Guests can immediately recognise a poor ventilation system by the stagnant, polluted smell of the air in their rooms and common hotel areas. You should design a hotel's ventilation system so that it maximises air flow and circulates oxygen.

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Things you need

  • Fans
  • Air vents
  • Mechanical ventilation systems

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    Install ceiling fans in each hotel room, so that air within the room will circulate. For a cheaper alternative, you can also consider placing a free-standing fan in the room with adjustable settings. Since warm air rises and cool air sinks, fans can also control the temperature of a room.

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    Strategically place air vents near the bathroom, where offensive smell may waft into the rest of the hotel room. Air vents that do not require electricity are considered natural ventilation systems. These vents usually connect to an air duct that flows outside. Depending on the weather, hotels often have both mechanical and natural ventilation systems.

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    Furnish each room with a temperature control device, which can be adjusted to heat a room or cool it down. These heating and air conditioning units not only circulate air mechanically throughout the room, they also allow guests to change the temperature of the room according to their comfort level.

Tips and warnings

  • Air quality is also affected by the age and cleanliness of the ventilation devices in a hotel room. Clean air vents and fans with a duster to avoid blowing dusty air in the room.

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