With increased competition drawing travellers away from the traditional hotel customer base to new home share options such as Airbnb; top end and even moderately priced hotels are looking at ways to lower costs and increase their efficiency, while maintaining or even increasing guest satisfaction.
Key automation functions that lower operational costs are tied to the time when a guest leaves their room. Occupancy sensors can tell housekeeping when a room has been vacated so an informed decision can be made about when to clean a room. Energy management systems can receive the same notification and thus allow the temperature in the room to return to a more energy efficient state.
Automated control of blinds or curtains in a room is an often-overlooked method of controlling the temperature, particularly if the room has direct sunlight through windows. Simply closing the blinds can mean the room is cooled without the use of expensive-to-run aircon units. Or the reverse is also true, closed blinds and curtains can retain the heat in a room longer thus possibly negating the need for heating to be turned on as soon as a guest arrives in their room.