Net-zero buildings – carbon-neutral dwellings that generate enough clean energy to cancel out the energy they use – are not just a growing trend. From rooftop solar systems and energy-efficient appliances to geothermal heating and thicker insulation, net-zero is all about keeping energy in and using (or loosing) as little as possible. From homes to hotel chains, more builders are incorporating these elements into their designs as property owners become increasingly aware of their carbon footprint.
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Back-to-school shopping is a big business, especially for college students moving into dorms for their first day of school. According to a study conducted in 2017 by the National Retail Federation, American families spent $54.1 billion on back-to-college supplies. Of that, $5.9 billion was spent on dorm furnishings – bedding, chairs, organizers and all of the other comforts that make a student’s first home-away-from home more manageable. Now that back-to-college is a multi-billion dollar industry, more and more companies are trying to get their slice of the pie and are focusing their marketing and sales efforts into attracting both parents and students. Read More
Heated towel racks are not just for luxury hotels anymore and are becoming a staple feature in home bathrooms across the globe! The experts at Houzz break down the reasons why you should consider adding one of our Heated towel racks to your bathroom! Click the link below to go to the full article!
We here at Amba want to make sure that we have enough product variety to appeal to a wide audience — from the single-panel Elory, to the freestanding Solo models, each collection offers a unique style and different levels of heating. We often though get the question: what is the difference between the Jeeves collection and the Radiant.
Even though having warm and dry towels is great, one of the best features of our heated towel racks is the fact that they can help you conserve electricity! By hanging up your damp towels to dry out on these towel warmers, you are drastically reducing the rate that mold and mildew can grow meaning you need less laundry cycles to keep them fresh — and since their energy consumption is equal to one or two lightbulbs, you end up saving energy in the long run!
But what if you want to save even more electricity and don’t want your heated towel rack running 24/7? There are a few options that can help you control when it turns on, for how long, and how hot your unit gets:
Wondering where you can find a towel warmer display near you? Worry no more! We have upgraded our showroom locator map to include a new search function! Search an address or zip code to find a showroom nearest to you that has a Towel Warmer display – check out the model before you buy!
Amba Products had a great time at the 2015 HiConnect show in Nashville, Tennessee where we got to show off some fantastic products in beautifully designed interior spaces made specifically for the hospitality industry.
The modern bathroom has plenty of innovations that make fixtures more convenient and comfortable. A walk-in tub is one such bath option for those who find it difficult to get in and out of the modern bathtub or want to remain seated: especially helpful for the elderly or disabled. Unlike placing a chair in the shower, a walk-in tub seals and fills to submerge the user completely without needing a flexible shower head. This mechanism does have a major downside though: the tub needs to drain completely before one can get out — leaving the occupant wet and cold.
We’ve all heard of stainless-steel — most notably we use them every day as a part of kitchen appliances and utensils, but what makes the steel ‘stainless’?
Amba Products visited Marie McCleskey at her photo studio in Marietta to get some photographs taken of our NEW upcoming towel warmer model!
A common fixture of homes in Europe and other countries around the world — the towel warmer or heated towel rack is a new concept in the USA. A towel warmer functions as a regular towel rack, but with added benefit of heating towels and keeping them nice and dry.
With fall almost here and cold weather looming on the horizon it’s time to get ready for winter! Keeping your home warm and cozy isn’t difficult if you take the time to prepare with some of these tips:
Ever forget to hang up a wet towel only to find it invaded by fuzzy green mold or mildew? Damp towels make the perfect environment for mold to grow especially when left in a dark location for extended periods of time. Mold thrives in places like bathrooms or pool houses there is often little outside light or air circulation: college dorm rooms can become incubators for mold colonies, complete with the stench of unwashed socks from the laundry hamper. While the “gross factor” of mold and mildew is enough to raise the alarm, there are also serious health concerns associated with uncontrolled mold.
Our SOLO Freestanding towel warmer is back in another giveaway! To date we have had over 10,000 entries and a combined 23 winners who have taken home one of these fantastic plug-in units!
Joseph A. McInerney, president and CEO of the American Hotel and Lodging Association remembers making a major decision for the Sheraton all the way back in 1967 — Should they make it mandatory for all their hotels to have color tvs? “It shows you how far we’ve come.”
When traveling for business or pleasure, everyone loves to enjoy a bit of luxury when staying in a hotel: the washing, housekeeping, even the turndown service with the ever-popular chocolate-on-the-pillow gives everyone a sense of comfort and pampering: It’s great not have to worry about making sure your towels are clean, or that your sheets are freshly laundered — and why should you expect anything less? You’re paying for someone else to take care of the all the regular toils of housework so you can enjoy your stay with optimum comfort.
With the boom of social media and the current millennial generation reaching their peak earning, 2014 looks to be a promising year for the hospitality sector: Hotels are embracing the social media platforms like Twitter to create real conversations with their customers, ditching traditional media in lieu of more cost-effective content marketing, and leveraging the latest web technology to deliver a streamlined experience with direct booking and extra emphasis on customer service.
“Luxury” is a term we see all over the hospitality industry. From “Luxury” vacation packages to “luxury” suites, we use the word to give consumers the idea that they are not just staying at a hotel or resort, but are diving into a world of comfort, pampering, and relaxation. Building this experience can be a challenging, and often expensive feat for the hospitality sector — customers expect a top-notch stay for their money, complete with all the bells and whistles. Identifying cost-effective methods for providing this luxury is of utmost importance to keeping these high-end hotels running.
The well-traveled business person will no doubt be familiar with staying in hotels — as your ‘home away from home’ hotels are a necessity in this current age of global travel. They can be found anywhere, from the smallest town to the biggest metro areas: according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association in 2011 there were approximately 51,200 properties (places with 15+ rooms) in the US accruing over $137 billion in sales — That’s a lot of rooms to keep furnished and clean!
“Thinking Green” is something that we hear a lot nowadays — with carbon emissions becoming a serious issue it’s no wonder people are concerned with making a change. With this shift in attitude towards efficient, environmentally-friendly practices more and more people are making an effort to support businesses that make “thinking green” a priority.This mindset of ‘protecting the earth’ is spurring change in how many businesses operate, and the hotel and the leisure industry are no exception. In the hospitality industry this change can be seen in the form of “Green Hotels” — certifications, recycling programs, and other standards have risen in the past decade with the hope of attracting the eco-minded tourist or traveling business person.
Fred Salati visited Nashville, TN for the HI Connect 2014 Convection for architects and designers, as well as members of the hospitality industry