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A Guide to Residential and Commercial Dumbwaiters


Know the basics about commercial and residential dumbwaiters

Want an easy and efficient way to transport goods from one floor to the next without physical stress?  Dumbwaiters are simply elevators for items and are commonly used in the service industry from hotels to restaurants.  They can also be used in your home to transport food and other items from floor to floor.  A dumbwaiter is a smart investment for your home or business and can make daily tasks run smoothly.

Residential Dumbwaiter

Typically founder in older, larger homes, residential dumbwaiters are the perfect device to bring food from your kitchen to other floors if you are having guests over.  They are also convenient to accomplish daily tasks such as transporting laundry throughout your home, so it gets to each member of your family.  Outdoor dumbwaiters can be installed to carry firewood, groceries, and other items from your yard to the indoors of your home.  Besides being used for pure convenience, dumbwaiters are perfect for any member of your family with mobility issues.  These devices can ensure that items get from one floor to the next safely without putting you or your family in danger.  

Commercial Dumbwaiter

Dumbwaiters are essential for some businesses so daily operations can run smoothly and safely without the fear of human error.  They are common in hotels to ferry meals from the kitchen to specific rooms.  Other career fields use dumbwaiters, such as hospitals transporting medical supplies between floors or law firms sending documents to various departments.  These machines reduce the risk of injury of the staff and increase the efficiency of everyday tasks.


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For 11 years, Preferred Elevator has served residents in Central Maryland, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. You can rely on our experienced home installation team and quality products.  For our commercial elevator clients, we also provide annual inspections of our equipment to adhere to standards established by the state of Maryland. During these inspections, we make sure that your commercial mobility product is functioning correctly and efficiently. We’ll also go over all safety devices and customized features offered within your plan! Get in touch with us! Our business hours are Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Reach us by phone at 410-238-2555, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

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