Elegance and efficiency – Application in hotel and hospitality business
Ceiling fans are a stylish solution for hotel keepers and restaurateurs when it comes to climatisation. Sophisticated fans are a low-priced insiders‘ tip for cooling and heating arrangements in large blocks of buildings and hospitality business.
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Glamorous at any time
When thinking about ceiling fans the mind's eye probably pictures a black and white film starring Humphrey Bogard. It goes without saying that stylish fans immediately remind of classics like Casablanca. This is why ceiling fans have a sort of antiquated charm. However, that is actually quite wrong because like most technical devices ceiling fans also undergo a constant process of optimisation and development. Nowadays, ceiling fans count amongst the most effective and economical climatisation devices that are currently available on the ventilation market, most of all due to their simple yet efficient mode of operation.
Energy-saving motors operate virtually without making any sounds which makes them perfect for ventilation in rooms that require silence, such as offices, studies or bedrooms. They are also ideal in conference rooms that are often part of big hotels.
Spectacular – Application in professional environments:
- Boutiques, showrooms
- Foyer, lobby, waiting rooms
- Casino, cinema and other recreational facilities
- Guestroom and living rooms
- Gyms and spa areas
- Restaurant, café, bar, clubs
- Smoking areas, shisha bars
- Outdoor areas
- Public swimming pool, surgeries
- Conference rooms
Ceiling fans with water protection mark declares if they can be used in outdoor areas, conservatories, covered patios and saunas. Depending on their place of installation fans are protected against snow, weathering, humidity, all while staying quiet during operation and keeping their elegant appearance no matter what environmental influences they are exposed to.
I get by with a little help from my fans
It is great when the fan matches the interior.
Particularly in front-of-house areas an appropriate appearance of the ceiling fan is just as crucial as the diameter or type of motor. After all, the fan is visibly present in the room, an eyecatcher for employees and guests alike. Apart from the existing interior design the place of installation plays an decisive role when it comes to choosing a model: A ventilator that shall be used in the kitchen, damp rooms, gym or sauna needs to comply with different requirements than a decorative device with palm leaves for the cocktail bar. Industrial fans with a splashing water protection and IP certification are usually used in humid areas and sanitary facilities. Their appearance is often simple and functional as they are designed for durability rather than aesthetic purposes. That is why it is important to choose the design to go with the surroundings.
The following categories will serve as a guide for the many different colour and design combinations. Ceiling fans can be distinguished by the following categories:
Modern: This term mostly refers to the outer appearance of the fan. New, dynamic shapes, sleek looks, sharp edges – in short, it takes inspiration from current trends. These ceiling fans are ideal for use in hotel rooms, lobbies, offices but also restaurants or bars. They are a nice modern touch to guestrooms. Predominant colours of this line are white and metallic silver combined with light wooden blades. Recently, models with clear, retractable blades and LED light kits have been introduced to the market as well.
Classic: These fans can be distinguished by their timeless shapes in combination with modern technology. Visually they are similar to ceiling fans that used to be bestsellers as long as 20 years ago. When it comes to technology, however, they are up-to-date. Low consumption and high performing motors stand out with super silent operating and maximum efficiency.
Traditional: Details and shapes inspired by the baroque era radiate with a cosy and nostalgic charm. Ceiling fans of this category harmonise very well with furniture and interor with a dark or wooden design. Therefore, they are perfectly suitable for use in bars, restaurants and also hotel foyers or guest rooms, provided these premises are furnished and set up in a similar style.
Basic: Plain design, simple shapes and neutral colours characterise ceiling fans of this category. They are subtle and can be used almost everywhere, the only exception being prestigious rooms such as foyers and front-of-house areas. They are great for sober conference and office rooms or even storage rooms and pantries.
Industrial: As mentioned above, emphasis for these ceiling fans is put on functionality, whereas a pleasing appearance is less important. Usually, these fans have a housing made of synthetic material or metal and low-maintenance, durable blades. They are often IP rated and thus can be used in damp rooms, saunas, kitchens or storage rooms, as well.
Smell in canteen kitchens
A perfect perceived indoor climate and high demands for aesthetics do not necessarily have to exclude each other, a ceiling fan easily combines those two elements. In the food processing industry it is also necessary to ensure a frequent air change, on top of that an air purifying device with filter proves quite useful. Extracting ventilators are a great choice in hospitality industry and particularly commercial kitchens because the fans will take in the air from the room and transport it to the outside of the building. Alternatively, there are also devices available that can be reversed, meaning at the push of a button they switch between supplying fresh air from the outside to extracting air from the inside. Special filters inside the fans prevent particles and dirt from infiltrating during the supply air periods. Complete ventilation systems are quite complex when it comes to installation as they require ventilation ducts, pipes or at the very least openings in the building envelope.
In smaller premises, such as pubs, open cookshops or buffet areas with up to 80 m2, portable air purifiers / air washers can be set up. These devices cannot only remove smells from smoking lounges and dining rooms, but also filter fine particles like bacteria, germs and mould spores. Their outstanding degree of cleaning – some models reach an airflow of as much as 251 m3/h – makes it easier for you to transition from lunch time to dinner time. After all, you are not only changing table cloths and place covers for your new guests, but also create a new, refreshed atmosphere. Air purifiers do not create draught or coldness, meaning they can start operating even while guests are still eating. In restaurants and other culinary establishments it is mostly impossible to simply open a window if need be for fresh air like you would do at home, traffic noise would be a nuisance to customers. The benefit of air purifiers: They give smells no chance to settle in tablecloths, linen napkins and carpets.
Another frequent unpleasant odour is tobacco smoke. On evenings with music and a good wine, many guests feel a desire for a cigarette. If you do not have a separate smoking area, air purifiers are a great option to keep the peace between smokers and non-smokers. The molecules of the scents are bound inside the filters that are usually made of activated carbon. The deposits begin to build up in the filters after a while which is why they need to be cleaned or replaced frequently. Visit our guide for more information about different types of filters.
Rooms with a fireplace and spa areas where incense is burnt and aromatic steam treatments are done can be cleaned this way. The benefit of portable devices: a simple electrical socket is enough to get them to work, and they can be taken from one to the next room if necessary. Permanently installed ventilation systems on the other hand have a higher airflow and can be applied in big rooms with heavier smells (cafeteria, hospital).