Considering Having A Residential Elevator Installed-Know Your Options

Posted on: 25 July 2016

Residential elevators have become popular additions in many homes. Not only do they make like easier for those who are mobility challenged have access to different levels of the house, but they can be used by other family members to transport groceries, laundry and other heavy items from one floor to another. Although space limitations, budget and local housing laws are a factor when considering the installation of an elevator, in order to choose the best elevator for your needs,  it is important to know the different options available.

Hydraulic Elevators

Hydraulic elevators are type of elevator most people are familiar with. This type of residential elevator operates smoothly, is typically mechanically reliable and has excellent fire and earthquake proof qualities. The primary drawback with a hydraulic elevator is that it will require a separate equipment room to house the oil tank and other components. Another drawback is you may experience a bad odor occasionally that is caused by the operating fluid. Even with the possibility of a bad odor, this type of elevator is typically the most popular because of its ease in use.

Pneumatic Elevators

Pneumatic elevators, also known as vacuum elevators, rely on air pressure to move the car. These elevators don't typically require a separate machine room to house the equipment. The main drawbacks are that they are known to be noisy and are somewhat limited in the load capacity, which is typically only two people. The cost of pneumatic elevators is typically less expensive than a hydraulic elevator. If considering this type of elevator, it is important to check the housing laws in your area because some states do not allow them for use in residential buildings.

Counterweight Elevators

Counterweight elevators, also known as electric elevators, are operated by counterweights that keep the elevator car suspended in the shaft. Counterweight elevators rely on a pulley system instead of hydraulics, so there is no need for oil or another type of tank. The elevator car is suspended from above and some consider the suspension system to be a safety risk, especially in earthquake prone areas.

Overhead Drum Elevators

Overhead drum elevators do not require the addition of a machine room because they use a suspended car system. They do not use counterweights; instead, the suspension equipment is mounted in the roof structure. They are also considered eco-friendly because they do not require the use of oil.

If you are considering having an elevator installed, it is important to hire a professional company to complete the installation. An elevator company will ensure that your residential elevator is equipped with the required security systems, such as an in-cab telephone, emergency stop button, alarm, manual drive and interlocking doors. It is also important to keep in mind that elevators, like other mechanical devices, are prone to wear and tear, so it is essential to have regular servicing to ensure the elevator is operating correctly.

For more information, contact Eastern Elevator CO or a similar company.