Leading indoor air disinfection and purification solution provider WellAir has announced its partnership with the Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel in Athens, Greece. As part of the partnership, the hotel will be using WellAir’s Plasma Air HVAC air purification products to help reduce occupant exposure to airborne pathogens and pollutants within the hotel.
“Clean indoor air is becoming a valued commodity in the hotel industry, and with that, an HVAC air purification system is no longer a nice to have, but a competitive must-have for the hospitality industry,” said Steve Grenon, Chief Technology Officer of WellAir.
“We know that the leisure and hospitality industry has been hit hard during this pandemic, but we are now seeing hoteliers recovering rapidly as guests’ confidence return, and that trend is set to accelerate with the help of air cleaning technologies. The Four Seasons Astir Palace is in the vanguard of the world’s leading hotels by understanding that indoor air quality needs to be addressed, and it is setting a standard that many will follow.”
Plasma Air Bolsters Stringent COVID-19 Protocol
The hotel will deploy these solutions in all common areas, such as lobbies and restaurants, as part of its stringent COVID-19 cleaning protocols to keep guests and staff safe and comfortable. Guest rooms and suites also benefit from the improved air quality that the Plasma Air solutions provide, according to the company, by reducing airborne pollutants and viral particles. In recent third-party testing, the Plasma Air solution demonstrated a reduction in a surrogate for SARS-CoV-2 by 99.99%.
Much like sunlight does in the atmosphere, the technology produces a natural bio-climate rich in positive and negative oxygen ions. The negative ions contain an extra electron while the positive ions are missing an electron, resulting in an unstable condition. To restabilize, these bipolar ions seek out atoms and molecules in the air to trade electrons with, effectively neutralizing particulate matter, bacteria and virus cells, odorous gases and aerosols, and VOCs.
“Hotels worldwide need to provide a sanctuary for guests, and that extends to their protection against pathogens that cause illness,” explained Paris Karavidas of the Property Operations and Maintenance department.
“Our technical team examined a range of options to improve indoor air quality and reduce airborne pathogens, and Plasma Air’s ionization technology was selected as the most impactful and cost-effective solution. Our guests have already noticed a significant improvement in the indoor air quality, and our staff feels safer working in this protected environment,” added Karavidas.