Are You Ready to Install a Home Elevator? Here’s Information You Should Know About Home ElevatorsIf you have trouble moving around your home, you may not have ever considered the option of a home elevator. Home elevators were once a luxury afforded only to the rich. But now they’re a viable solution for making homes barrier-free and more easily navigated. Plus, adding a residential elevator can add value to your property. But do you know which home elevator is right for you? We’ll go over everything you need to know.
Types of Home ElevatorsDepending on your home’s specific construction, there are three different sorts of elevators:
Screw DrivenThis type of elevator is the most often used in residential situations. With a screw driven elevator, a long screw shaft and drive nut are used to raise and lower the platform. Between the rails, there’s an electric motor that’s connected to the screw shaft by belts. The drive nut is attached to the platform. As the screw shaft rotates, the drive nut and platform are moved up or down along the shaft. And because the controller and motor unit are located in the hoistway, there is no need for a separate machine room. All of this makes the screw driven elevator and ideal home elevator.
HydraulicThe hydraulic elevator can be installed in newer home, but forget about it in existing homes. Plus it requires a machine room. Thus, hydraulic elevators don’t make for great residential elevators.
TractionBecause it slides up and down a track with a counterweight, this elevator doesn’t need a machine room. But it does require space above the elevator to accommodate the equipment that runs it. This also makes it not ideal for a residence. Having a residential elevator allows you to retain your independence, privacy, and autonomy. And for most people, the obvious choice is the screw driven elevator. But there are some things you’ll need to consider in terms of safety.
Safety ConsiderationsRight out of the gate, you’ll want to look for these important safety features:
- Emergency battery to activate safety features
- Backup lighting system to illuminate the cabin if there is a power outage
- Automatic Lowering device to bring the user to a lower floor in case of a power failure
- Doors and gates controlled with electro-mechanical locks
- Automatic doors
- Alarm button