How do you get the best air quality when staying at hotels in some of the world’s greatest cities? Daniel Uusitalo, business development manager at Blueair, clocks up 120 travel days a year and has picked up a few tips along the way.
“The hotel industry is sadly late in offering clean indoor air,” says Uusitalo, “and there are only a few that have air purifiers for their guests. What you can do is be sure to have the windows and doors closed and not ventilate unnecessarily, to make sure outside pollution doesn’t come in. I try to stay in a newer hotel with good standards, as they usually have a ventilation system with a good filter to achieve a better indoor climate.”
What if it’s a polluted city?
“One idea is to choose a hotel on the outskirts of the city where it is less polluted,” advises Uusitalo. “If you are a tourist, or can otherwise control the timing of your trip, research how the pollution level varies over the year. In China*, for example, many coal plants start up and run in the autumn and winter. December to February is generally more polluted than spring and summer.”
Uusitalo also recommends getting a face mask as a way to protect yourself from air pollution. This advice, he explains, is all part of Blueair’s wider mission: “We strive to help as many people as possible to get clean air.”
* Blueair provides clean air for Fairmont Hotel in Beijing.