This article will explain why Mintek’s Transcendent makes a good Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) for Hotels.

How an EAM Can Help Hotels Avoid HVAC and Boilers Repairs

Lowering energy costs continues to be a critical asset management factor for many hotels. Two of the major energy consumers are HVAC and Boilers. Between the two they generally consume over 60% of the total energy costs of hotels. Keeping this equipment running efficiently it a high priority for any hotel.

“For a full service hotel, energy costs are usually between 4 and 6 percent of revenue, but historic and luxury properties may see energy costs hitting 10 percent or more.”

The energy costs roughly translates to between $40,000 and $100,000 per $1 million dollars of revenue. Therefore a 20% energy savings may be between $8,000 and $20,000 per year/per million in revenue.

HVAC and Boiler Best Practices

HVAC preventive maintenance is often done in the spring and fall and includes:

  • Check pressures and temperatures
  • Check condenser coil and clean, if needed, check air filters and change if needed
  • Check condensate drain pan and line for proper drainage, electrical contacts for loose wiring connections and burnt contacts
  • Check blower and condenser fan motors and bearings. Lubricate as required. Check fan blade for cracks and balance

Boiler maintenance is usually performed in the fall or prior to other times of high hot water use and includes:

  • Vacuum clean boiler and breeching
  • Check valves for pressure leaks, oil leaks, gas leaks etc…
  • Check motors, burners and all safety devices and operating controls
  • Check pressure
  • Check temperature controls to ensure correct heating temperatures

Although equipment and energy sources may vary, the basic steps are the same. Keep track of all inspections and work done.

Using an EAM system

Well maintained equipment lowers energy costs. By implementing an EAMhotels HVAC and boilers will run more efficiently. In addition, using an EAMwill automate the scheduling of inspections, preventive maintenance and work orders as well as track the maintenance and repair history of each piece of equipment. Through scheduling of the work orders, maintenance will operate more efficiently and with greater flexibility reducing the labor costs for unscheduled maintenance and repairs. In addition, the historical information collected is critical to estimating the assets lifecycle and predicting the equipment’s retirement or replacement date.