Reasons To Install A Residential Elevator In Your Home

Posted on: 27 August 2015

Do you live in a multi-story home with an elderly relative? Are you considering installing an elevator so that he or she can more easily move between floors? Installing residential elevators can be a big step for many people, since it alters a house's layout. If you are worried about how an elevator might affect you and your home, here are the answers to some questions you may have:

Will an elevator clash with existing decor? Residential elevators can have many different looks, just like commercial elevators do. If your home is super modern, you might prefer to have an elevator that is all plastic and chrome inside. On the other hand, if you want your elevator to blend in with your historic house, that's also possible. The interior can be done in hardwood paneling while the exterior doors can be made to match your current walls. Instead of guests being taken aback by shiny steel doors, like you would find in hotels and other businesses, your visitors may not even notice the elevator unless you point it out to them.

Is there only one type of elevator? There are several popular types of residential elevators. The first is the one that most people are familiar with, the winding drum cable elevator. This type of elevator uses a winch to move the elevator car between floors. This is probably the most commonly seen elevator in film and on TV.

The second type of elevator is a traction drive. This type has large counterweights that balance the weight of the car and make it easier for the motor to move the elevator up and down. Because this type typically uses a smaller motor, it may use less electricity than a winding drum cable elevator.

Newly arrived are pneumatic or vacuum elevators. These types of elevators use varying air pressure above and below the elevator car to cushion the ride and make the elevator easier for the motor to move. Since there are no counterweights needed for this type of elevator, it usually takes up less space than a traction drive elevator. 

What happens if the power goes out? Understandably, you may be concerned about getting trapped in your elevator if your home loses power. Fortunately, residential elevators today nearly always have an emergency battery system that will return them slowly and gently to the ground floor in the event of a power failure. Once on the ground floor, you will be able to open the elevator doors and step out. While this means that your elderly relative may be stuck downstairs until the power comes back on, nobody will be trapped inside the elevator and need to be rescued.

For more information, contact a company like Eastern Elevator CO.