Radiant in Commercial

Boost the luxury of a suite with radiant floor heating

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 17:28

The hospitality industry is a competitive sector, with hotels, bed and breakfasts, and other overnight destinations clamoring to get the attention of potential customers. San Francisco alone hosted 16.5 million visitors in 2012. According to San Francisco Travel, more than $8.93 billion was spent in local businesses in 2012, which means that, on an average day that year, about 131,128 visitors spent $24.46 million. 
This massive amount of revenue was injected into local hotels, restaurants and shops. For hospitality owners, the ability to attract a decent portion of these visitors is competitive. As a result, it's crucial for managers and owners to feature suites that will convey luxury and relaxation to potential customers. The right combination of luxury features can distinguish one hospitality destination over another. Here are a few of the more popular hotel suite characteristics: 
1) Wireless Internet. It seems silly to point out, but it's imperative for a hotel to include wireless Internet in its offerings. The proliferation of Web-connected mobile devices on the market demonstrates the importance of allowing visitors to hook their smartphones and tablets up to the Internet. Make sure that the wireless routers are powerful enough to provide a successful, strong Internet connection and provide the password to customers upon check in. 
2) Radiant floor heating. Individual temperature controls in a hotel room allows every visitor to manage the condition of the room for increased comfort. Radiant floor heating is easily split up into various zones, which allows greater control of the temperature in a suite. The utility solution also applies warmth directly to the floors consistently, which warms a person's feet whenever he or she walks across the room. Unlike traditional heat delivery options that use radiators, vents or baseboard units, this technology disperses warmth consistently and applies it more directly. As a result, visitors can keep the temperature settings lower and decrease their energy use - without negatively impacting comfort.
3) Unique flooring. The flooring material covering a suite will have a great impact on the design aesthetic of a space. In more rustic abodes, a hotel owner can consider using reclaimed wood, or stamped or brushed natural stone like travertine or cork. The rougher appearance of the flooring material will convey an atmosphere of down-home simplicity, while still allowing for luxury. In addition, the warmth from a radiant floor heating system is able to easily travel through each of these options and creates a thermal barrier in a room for added comfort. 
4) LED lighting. Using the right combination of lighting units can drastically improve the appearance of a guest suite and make a stay more enjoyable for guests. Light emitting diodes come in a wider range of colors and temperatures than more traditional options like incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. In addition to providing lighting experts more control over the lighting elements in a guest suite or public areas, the technology is also able to reduce the operational costs associated with the hotel. ENERGY STAR rated LED bulbs use 75 percent less energy than incandescent lighting, and the bulbs last 35 to 50 times longer than incandescents and 2 to 5 times longer than fluorescent lighting, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. 
These and other luxury features can boost the comfort a guest feels inside a hotel suite, which will improve reviews and can lead to an increase in reservations. In the competitive hospitality industry, every modern upgrade can add to the overall customer experience.