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Hotel’s on average expect higher energy costs during the winter months, and especially with the severe weather the East coast is experiencing it is imperative to have a preventive maintenance plan in place to ensure your assets are working properly and learn ways to save on expenses.

One proven way to ensure that your hotel stays as energy efficient as possible is to implement a comprehensive preventive maintenance (PM) program that targets areas most vulnerable to excess energy consumption. Leaky buildings and inefficient equipment easily consume more energy than those properly maintained. They also eat up profits and can negatively impact guest satisfaction.

Maintenance costs continue to rise year over year, so why increase expenses by running a hotel that is not energy efficient?

Minimizing Energy Consumption in your Hotel

Below are the top eight preventive maintenance steps to ensure your hotel runs at its maximum energy efficiency.

  1. Focus on areas that are improperly sealed that allow heat to freely escape. Weather-strip and seal around all windows and doors. Weather stripping on outside entrances typically lasts less than two years.
  2. Check HVAC controls for proper calibration and regularly change filters and inspect insulation for moisture.
  3. Check air handlers consistently.
  4. Check all electrical systems for loose connections or poor motor conditions.
  5. Conduct a boiler combustion analysis to ensure boilers are running at top efficiency.
  6. Fix all water leaks.
  7. Watch for scale build-up in boilers, hot water heaters, cooling towers, humidifiers, washing machines, dishwashers, and showerheads. Hard water that leaves scale buildup results in more energy consumed.
  8. If you have an indoor pool, check pool temperatures consistently to ensure thermostats are working correctly.

How to get the most from your Preventive Maintenance Plan

Companies interested in implementing preventive maintenance strategies should start gradually. The switch from reactive maintenance to preventive maintenance does not usually occur overnight, but with time and training it can occur after a moderate period of time.

An EAM/CMMS like Transcendent replaces inefficient paper-based processes still found in many hotels. Transcendent incorporates handheld devices, bar coding, ensures that PMs, rounds, inspections, and work orders are accomplished on time.

Mintek’s system adds accountability to the PM process because managers know exactly when an engineer was at a piece of equipment, what was recorded, and how long the engineer was there. Transcendent automates PM scheduling and streamlines the work order process. Work orders can be generated automatically through the handheld based on answers provided by engineers. The software also tracks parts information for each item needing checked, as well as the costs associated with parts and equipment replacement.

Implementing a proper EAM/CMMS into your business will help make the stress of temperature change easier while managers can decide where to cut back and where to spend a little more to cover those energy costs in the future and for the next winter.