Residential elevators are trending. A common misconception about residential elevators is that only the rich can afford them, but that is not true. Residential elevators are now affordable and add convenience to any homeowner. Home elevators are practical enough for most homes, not just for those who are aging or have physical limitations. They can also upgrade the aesthetics of a home, giving it a polished, put-together look. Some people are unaware of the many benefits that come with a residential elevator installation. Therefore, it is essential to go through common misconceptions about residential elevators thoroughly. Keep reading as we debunk the common home elevator myths!
Myth #1 Residential Elevators are Unsafe
Residential elevators are sturdy and held up by multiple cables. Some assume that an elevator is held together by just one cable that could easily snap. These cables, typically made of steel, have the strength to hold up a heavy cab individually let alone with there being several cables. 4-10 cables usually support an elevator’s car.
Myth # 2 If the Power Goes Out, You’re Stuck on an Elevator
It is mandatory for a residential elevator to have an emergency lowering feature. This device drops to the lowest floor possible if your power is off. Once the lowering function safely engages, the doors will unlock, and anyone using the elevator will have no trouble exiting. You won’t get stuck!
Oxygen will also not run out. If a home elevator is airtight, then this violates safety standards. There needs to be enough ventilation for people to breathe.
Myth # 3 Elevators Exceeding the Weight Limit Will Drop
Usually, an elevator cab that has reached its weight capacity won’t move. The doors won’t close, and a bell will notify individuals to step off of the elevator until enough people have left the elevator to reduce the weight. Most residential elevators have a 1000lbs capacity, which is more than enough for typical everyday use.
Myth #4 Elevators can Free Fall
When installed, a residential elevator has a safety feature called “over speed governor.” A flywheel with centrifugal arms fly outward if the device reaches its speed limit. The braking system takes over and grabs the rails running up and down the elevator shaft. Then, the elevator slows down.
Myth # 5 Residential Elevators are Expensive
Residential elevators range in price depending on customization but can be affordable. You won’t spend millions of dollars making your home safer and stylish. If a home elevator is still too expensive for you, it is possible to invest in a wheelchair lift, dumbwaiter or a stairlift
Preferred Elevator: We’re On the Up and Up!
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 your 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!