Re-engineered HVAC units protect vacant hotel rooms (video)

HVAC units in hotel rooms many times are left running to maintain temperatures in the space. The problem, particularly when that happens during the winter, is that the room can become too warm and a constantly operating unit can increase energy expenses for the facility. Shutting off the system completely can allow bitter cold to permeate the room and potentially freeze pipes, causing considerable and expensive damage.

Part of the re-engineering of General Electric’s Zoneline packaged terminal air conditioners (PTACs), featured at AHR 2016 in Orlando, are sensors that prevent the temperature in vacant rooms from reaching levels that enable the space from become too cold.

Bridgitte Mader-Urschel, commercial transition leader for product management, talked about the technology that can save property owners and managers potential physical and financial headaches.

GE based the redesign of the Zoneline system on feedback from hotel owners and managers, facility cleaning crews, architects, designers and others.

Features of the redesign include:

  • Reliability: With millions of units installed across the United States, GE Zoneline PTACs offer consistent performance and unrivaled comfort for guests. Its redesigned structure and easy-access front controls simplify service.
  • Quiet: An extra seal surrounding the edge keeps dirt and excess noise outside, along with a heavy-duty mastic seal for extra sound deadening and two fan motors for quiet operation.
  •  Efficiency: GE’s Zoneline units are on average 8 percent more energy efficient than the leading competitor’s units. Specially designed sentinels protect property by preventing overheating and freezing, all while enhancing efficiency in extreme elements.
  • Appearance: New design and appearance improvements keep a fresh, streamlined look. A backlit, coverless control panel with white, dimmable LED lighting makes the functions easier to read. 

Topics: Architectural Firms, Automation and Controls, Building Owners and Managers, Construction Firms, Consulting - Green & Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, Energy Audit / Energy Management, Energy Recovery & Heat Recovery Ventilation, Energy Saving Products, Engineering Firms, Hospitality, HVAC - Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), Interiors, Technology, Urban Planning and Design, Ventilation

Companies: General Electric


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