It’s a freezing cold day and a couple finally arrives at their hotel after a chaotic day of airplane hopping. They enter the key card and open the door to be welcomed by a perfectly warmed room and dimmed lights. The welcoming environment is the perfect start to a weekend getaway.
This scene isn’t unheard of at the luxury Montage Deer Valley Resort. In fact, it’s the norm. The Park City, Utah-based hotel is outfitted with Control4 technology that controls lighting, temperature and fireplaces. Hotel staff can program the system so that a guest is never greeted by a dark, uncomfortable room.
Control4 has worked with Montage in the past at its Beverly Hills property, so Montage was familiar with the solution that would be provided, says Paul Williams, vice president of hospitality for Control4.
“There are always competitors coming into the space and Montage doesn’t blindly go forth in the market,” remarks Williams. The previous quality work paid off because Control4 was chosen for the resort’s 154 deluxe guest rooms and another 66 suites. “We were the ‘only logical solution’ in their words.”
A combination of space heating, water heating, lighting, and cooling make up 75 percent of a hotel’s energy consumption, according to Energy Star, with cooling and lighting alone compromising half of a property’s electricity use. Given the large amount of energy use, reducing that amount could ultimately save hoteliers a hefty sum of money down the road.
Even the most environmentally friendly guests can forget to shut off a light or adjust the thermostat while before leaving the room. The Control4 system helps reduce energy waste and manage electricity consumption. If doors or windows are open, rather than heating or cooling the outside, Williams says the HVAC system shuts off on its own. Similarly, when a guest checks out of the hotel, the thermostat changes gears from a welcoming to a more economical setting.