This article is part two of a three-part series on PTACs. Here is part one.
Hoteliers are pulling PTACs out from underneath the windows and incorporating them into room design, experts have noticed. “More and more hotels are integrated furniture into PTACs,” said Douglas Mackemer, national director of parts, supplies and specialized equipment for Carrier Enterprise. “They are hiding it in a luggage rack or even a closet,” he said.
Hotels are increasingly finding ways to blend PTACs into guestroom design by actually incorporating them into furniture such as cabinets, tables and luggage holders. By integrating PTACs into items such as these, hoteliers are able to still provide guests with a vital amenity while making rooms more visually appealing and using space more efficiently, Mackemer said.
Don Wojcik, national hospitality manager, air conditioning for LG, has also seen hotels cover the PTACs with false fronts or make stands around the units. “The stands have to have front open access (punch plate grates) to allow access for return air and then a plenum to allow the supply air back into the room,” he said. “Units have to have 20 inches of open space for the air intake (return air).”
While this is a relatively new concept for hotels, both of these experts see this trend rising.
“While furniture concealing PTAC units are often custom ordered, manufacturers will no doubt start producing them in greater numbers as demand rises,” Mackemer said.