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< Back to news 11 August, 2016

Calor calls on hospitality sector to improve indoor air quality

Calor, the UK’s leading supplier of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), is encouraging the hospitality market to be mindful of boiler maintenance following a report by the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health , highlighting the impact of poor indoor air quality.
Guest article: Calor

The report, which has been welcomed by the Building Engineering Services Association, raises concerns about indoor air pollution from products including faulty boilers and heaters. Wood-burning stoves, which have seen a rise in popularity in hotels, restaurants and pubs in recent years, also came under particular scrutiny, with the report emphasising the increased particle pollution from wood-burning and the fumes that spread to neighbouring properties as a result.

With the report claiming that poor indoor air quality could have potentially caused 99,000 deaths across Europe in the past year, Calor is calling on owners and managers to check the reliability and efficient operation of heating appliances and devices.

Gregor Dalgleish, Commercial Sales Manager at Calor, explains: “Given we spend so much of our time inside, indoor air quality should be a pressing issue, particularly following this report.

“As a result, the hospitality sector needs to ensure that its guests are not exposed to any potentially harmful emissions. Routine boiler maintenance, by a qualified engineer, will help ensure that the heating and hot water system is operating reliably and safely and we therefore recommend implementing a scheduled service programme to ensure any issues are addressed early on.

“For sites based off the mains gas grid, boilers fuelled by LPG score highly against heating oil. Indeed, in terms of carbon emissions, LPG offers 20 per cent less CO2 per kWh than oil[1] and emits fewer harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) than oil, kerosene and coal fired heating systems.[2]  For those looking to upgrade to a cleaner fuel, or looking to replace an old or inefficient boiler, LPG delivers an environmentally-friendly and cost-effective alternative.

“Ensuring a positive guest experience is vital for any hospitality business and taking simple, low cost steps now to improve indoor air quality will help owners and managers to ensure a warm and safe environment long term.”

If you would like to talk to the specialists at Calor about your heating source and take advantage of the preferential rates and advice available through Beacon please contact us today on 01904 695588.

References:
[1] LPG’s Carbon Footprint Relative to Other Fuels – A Scientific Review, page 6 https://www.calor.co.uk/media/wysiwyg/PDF/atlantic_consulting_scientific_review_carbon_footprint_ed._2009.pdf

[2] Combustion of fuels and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emission http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/nox-emission-combustion-fuels-d_1086.html