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Avoid energy waste in your holiday rental business




A large number of studies indicate that a significant number of people, when traveling, demonstrate a clear lack of ecological awareness. If you are the owner of a holiday rental house in Mallorca, this information may not surprise you. Especially if you have lived to go to your property when the travelers have already left it and you have found the windows open and the air conditioning on.


However, there are tourists who continue to respect their ecological conscience when traveling. In fact, according to the latest data, the number of travelers who positively value accommodations that are committed to the environment is growing. This fact has implied that the sustainability standards in the tourism sector of Mallorca have been increased.


Among all these practices, the climate control strategy stands out. As a holiday rental home owner, this pays off twice. First of all, it encourages a responsible use of energy among your tenants, and on the other hand, it avoids unpleasant surprises when you receive an excessive electricity bill. Currently in the vacation rental sector, several methods of controlling the air conditioning predominate. They can be classified into traditional methods (timers and digitizers) and modern methods (automation, remote temperature control and consumption checks...).


Traditional methods


Timers can damage your air conditioning system

The first of the traditional methods is the timer. The most common device connects to the home's electrical grid and stops or activates the air conditioning system during certain hours a day, being able to program operating hours. There is another alternative, although less common, to the timer. This is the prepaid timer. It consists of a device that allows the guest to pay in advance for the electrical use of certain devices (being able to pay in cash and credit card). Once the credit runs out, it cuts off the power supply to the connected devices.


The downside of timers is that they shut off the power supply to the air conditioning during operation. As professionals in the air conditioning sector, we do not recommend the use of these systems since there is a high risk of failure.


The second method is the digitizer. Unlike timers, they do not shut off the power supply at any time. They are used to measure electricity consumption during the tenants' stay so that it can be charged later. The counterpoint of this device is the obligation that tenants have to pay for the energy consumed and the obligatory registration of the owner of the consumption made before and after the entry of new tourists.


Modern methods


The first of the methods is remote control, that is, controlling the air conditioning remotely from a mobile application. Some air conditioning models connect to a Wi-Fi network and allow remote control of devices, as well as monitoring their electricity consumption. The problem is that not all these controllers allow to program the shutdown, so in many cases it must be done manually from the mobile app. The second drawback was that to implement this system. In many cases, the owner had to invest in new air conditioning (there are options to adapt and connect air conditioning units to the internet, but they are complex). Currently there are thermostats that can be connected to air conditioners and regulate their use through WIFI.


Devices such as Ecosense, allow to detect human presence and automatically turn off air conditioners

The second of the alternatives is automation. Some air conditioners detect movement in our home. If it does not detect a presence on the property, it turns off the air conditioning automatically. The only counterpoint is that not all these systems can connect to the internet, so it does not allow remote control.





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