Hotel IAQ Nothing to Sneeze at

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff November 18, 2005

More than two-thirds of frequent travelers are concerned about air quality in their hotel rooms, according to a national survey conducted earlier this fall by Opinion Research Corporation on behalf of Kimberly-Clark Filtration Products. Of the surveyed 381 frequent travelers—defined as having stayed in a hotel at least 6 days within the past year—68% identified odors and 59% identified “stuffiness” as being the most frequently encountered indoor air quality (IAQ) problems.

“It’s estimated that Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors,” says Alexandra Duran, marketing manager, Kimberly-Clark Filtration Products.

Sixty percent of those surveyed said they have experienced a range of problems—such as poor sleep, runny or stuffy nose, dry nose, sneezing, headache, cough and sore throat—as a result of staying in a hotel room with poor IAQ. In fact, the issue of bad hotel room IAQ is of such a concern that 42% of respondents say they have actually complained to hotel management about air quality conditions in their hotel rooms. And more than half say they would become loyal customers of hotels that provide advanced in-room air filtration to minimize allergens, dust and odors.