by Brianna Crandall — November 13, 2020 — Plasma Air, an innovator in indoor air quality (IAQ) solutions, just announced that several top luxury hotel brands have selected its air-purification systems. The Marriott’s Autograph Collection Hotels and The Ritz-Carlton are installing Plasma Air’s bipolar ionization technology in their properties’ HVAC systems to help neutralize pathogens such as the coronavirus.
Hotel Paso del Norte, Autograph Collection
Downtown El Paso’s historic Hotel Paso del Norte, Autograph Collection selected Plasma Air’s air-purification systems as part of its four-year, multimillion-dollar renovation that includes added safety features in the current pandemic age. The hotel, which initially opened in 1912, will use Plasma Air’s ionization technology throughout its heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems.
Carlos Sarmiento, the hotel’s general manager, remarked:
We are among the first Marriott Autograph Hotels in the world to install a system that cleans the air to this level. When we undertook this project, we were prepared to restore the 108-year-old property’s architectural elements, create stunning event spaces and amenities, and curate a distinct culinary destination — but COVID-19 created the necessity to enhance the air quality in all areas of the hotel. In 2020, there is no amenity greater than safety.
Plasma Air says the air-purification technology has been proven to help reduce MS2 bacteriophage, a surrogate for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus causing COVID-19) by 99%.
According to the company, the Plasma Air ionization system is easily mounted in the hotel’s HVAC systems to deliver the ionization solution to all of its 350 guest rooms and public spaces and to deactivate any airborne viruses safely. The Plasma Air system also reduces airborne bacteria, mold, odors, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), proactively purifying the air around-the-clock without any harmful by-products or chemicals.
Ritz-Carlton at Paradise Valley
Scottsdale Arizona’s forthcoming Ritz-Carlton at Paradise Valley is set to open in 2021 and will also feature the cutting-edge Plasma Air ionization systems. In light of the ongoing pandemic, the Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley property has prioritized the oversight of guest safety for its opening. The 122-acre, $2 billion luxury development will include luxury shopping, hospitality, dining, a 215-room resort, and 81 residential villas. The villas will be the first property in the brand’s assets to boast ionized air.
Jerry Ayoub, president of project owner and developer Five Star Development, explained how the company has pivoted to prioritize safety, health and wellness:
We recently made two upgrades to the first phase of the community. The resort and all 81 residential villas will have ionized air throughout, using the Plasma Air systems. With the health issues we’re facing in the world today, including Plasma Air ionization was a necessary addition to ensure the highest level of clean, safe airflow throughout the property.
Five Star purchased over 1,000 systems from Plasma Air to be installed throughout its residential living villas, resort, stores, dining, health, and relaxation spaces to reduce the risk of disease and infectious outbreaks, such as COVID-19.
Larry Sunshine, president of Plasma Air, remarked:
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. We know that the leisure and hospitality industry has been the hardest hit during this pandemic, and we are now seeing hoteliers trying to pivot into recovery mode with the help of cutting-edge technologies like Plasma Air. We are very pleased to support the COVID-19 response efforts of such world-renowned brands like Marriot and The Ritz-Carlton.
For more information about Plasma Air air-purification systems, visit the company’s website. Plasma Air manufactures HVAC and portable air-purification products to provide healthier, more productive indoor environments in institutional, commercial, residential, transportation and industrial applications.