The world famous easy brand has earned its place through providing value with service. Its recently launched chain of hotels, run through franchises, is no exception and the Group's flagship hotel in London is fitted with Unico Systems, providing heating and cooling for the best comfort, whilst keeping running costs to a minimum. easyHotels boasts "a safe, clean room for the night at the best possible price" and offers exceptional quality within a small room space. However, low cost does not mean cutting corners and it was important to get the environment right from the start.
The new hotel, in Lexham Gardens, Kensington, has 34 rooms over five floors. The fitted, Unico System meant that comfort services could be installed quickly and without structural alteration or major rework. Because of the very good insulation values for the refurbished property, easyHotels needed a system that would provide even temperatures and ventilation using filtered, outside air. Five Unico Systems operate on different zones within the hotel, giving close environmental control, with outside heat pumps providing both heat source for central heating and heat dump during the cooling cycle. Because the Unico System uses small-duct technology to deliver conditioned air, there are no radiators to obstruct the small rooms and all ducting is carried in wall and ceiling voids, avoiding clutter. What is more, the system delivers a very constant temperature without draughts or noise.
The life costs of the system were vital to its adoption. "We needed the best for our customers within very tight budgets," says easy's Roger Powell, "Unico has given us just that – the best comfort solution and real cost savings over conventional systems." Using heat pump technology and with long system life expectancy, Unico System life costs offer significant savings. "The system also gave us the ability to ventilate effectively without employing a separate system."