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Clearing the Air
With the recent rise of vacation rentals, the hospitality industry has transformed. However, the importance of preventing guests from smoking has gained increasing attention. At Minut, we believe that preventing smoking indoors is crucial, not only for health and safety purposes but also to protect you from cleaning costs, turnover time, risk of lost bookings, and bad reviews from future guests.
However, it can be difficult to know if a guest is smoking in your property. This is why Minut developed an AI-powered cigarette detection feature designed to detect guests smoking indoors and notify the host. Read on to understand how important cigarette detection can be for your short-term rental business.
Preserving Property Value
A short-term rental property is a valuable asset. Not only can smoking indoors cause lasting, costly damage and devalue the property, but it can also affect your community. With Minut, hosts can protect their property from cigarette smoke while enhancing its value and desirability for future guests.
When cigarette smoke is detected, extra cleaning services may be required to remove the odors and restore the space. These services can be costly and time-consuming. Using a cigarette detection sensor minimizes downtime between bookings, as the rental unit does not need to be taken out of service for cleaning or maintenance. This translates into more frequent bookings, higher occupancy rates, and increased revenue.
Health and Safety
Enforcing cigarette detection in your vacation rental properties is a great way to protect your guests. Cigarette smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, many of them being toxic and carcinogenic. Secondhand smoke exposure can also lead to a wide range of health problems. By banning smoking in their property, hosts can ensure a safe environment for neighbors and future guests, including non-smokers and those with respiratory conditions.
Most property managers and hosts pride themselves on providing inclusive and comfortable accommodations. Implementing smoking bans ensures that non-smokers are not subjected to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. Non-smokers may choose a vacation rental over traditional hotels to avoid this issue. By catering to their needs, hosts can attract a wider range of guests and garner positive reviews.
Preventing Fire Hazards
Smoking is also a fire hazard, especially indoors. Cigarettes can accidentally ignite flammable materials like furniture, curtains, or bedding, putting your guests’ and neighbors’ lives at risk. Installing a sensor with cigarette detection minimizes the chances of accidental fires, ensuring the safety of guests, hosts, and your community.
Become a More Responsible Host Today
The importance of smoking bans in vacation rentals—and the ability to enforce them—cannot be overstated. By protecting the health and safety of neighbors and guests, preventing fire hazards, preserving property value, respecting non-smokers, and complying with regulations, hosts can create a better environment for all. Together, we can clear the air and promote healthier, safer, and more enjoyable stays for everyone. Learn more about Minut’s newest feature cigarette detection.