Residential elevators have become increasingly popular over time. More and more people are getting them installed in their home for their convenience and comfort. There was a time when home elevators were only installed before they were a need of disabled or elderly people, but over time people have realized that these elevators have many other benefits as well. Residential elevators have helped many people overcome barriers that make everyday activities a challenge. They have not only helped people retain their independence but also enhanced the gracefulness and of their home. Moreover, elevators are a great way to increase the value of your home and attract home buyers in case you want to resale it.
    As the prices and installation costs of residential elevators continue to decline, their popularity continues to increase. Today, home elevators are one of the most desired amenity for homeowners.
      There are various types of residential elevators available in the market today that homeowners have to choose from. The idea behind each is same i.e. lifting system attached to a compartment which is fitted into a hoist way. However, elevators become more complicated when we discuss the different types of lifting mechanisms. All the types of residential elevators differ in their lifting mechanism, and you have to choose one according to your preferences i.e. if you want an energy-saving elevator, or a smoother ride etc.
        We’ve listed down the most common types of residential elevators below. Take a look and decide what features you find most important:
          • Roped Hydraulic Home Elevators
            • These elevators, as the name suggests, use hydraulic system to operate. They have a hydraulic pump which is linked to a pulley and piston. A pedestal is there to support the piston which is connected with the hoist way with the help of multiple brackets. A pair of ropes or steel cables are fixed to the base of the shaft and stretched across the pulley from the top, and from the button they are connected to a L-shaped sling where the elevator cab lies. This enables the ropes hydraulic elevators to provide a smoother ride as compared to other types of elevators.
                Another benefit of these elevators that make them great for residential use is that they don’t need adjoining machine closet. This means that all the supporting machinery can be placed where it is most convenient, and pipes can be used to transfer the hydraulic fluid. These pipes can be fitted just like the plumber fits the water pipes across your entire home.
                • Pneumatic Vacuum Home Elevators
                  • These elevators are the newest in the elevator industry and are revolutionary as they do not use chains, cables, counterweights, or pistons for operating. Instead, they only use hoist way for lifting and lowering the cab. PVE has a tube-shaped hoist way, and a tube-shaped cab fitted in it. For the functioning of PVE it is necessary to maintain atmospheric pressures at a certain level below and above the can. When the cab has to be lifted, the pressure above it is reduced which causes it to rise. And when the cab has to be lowered, control valve present in the hoist way releases pressure slowly and forms an air cushion below the cab. This makes PVE energy-efficient elevators as energy is only required to lift the elevator cab and not descend it.
                    • Winding Drum & Counterweight Home Elevators
                      • These elevators are one of the oldest elevators in the industry and use counterweight and revolving winch for operating. They basically have an electric motor that winds the cable across the drum and alternately raises and lowers the elevator cab and counterweight.
                          Most of the homeowners prefer this type of elevators as it does not require machine closet and can be installed in a relatively smaller area. The electric motor can be fitted on top or bottom of hoist way, and therefore eliminate the need of machine closet. Another reason why homeowners install this type of elevators is that they’re relatively cheaper than pneumatic vacuum and roped hydraulic elevators. However, for the lower cost, you have to compromise on the quality of ride. It is because these elevators provide as noisier and rougher ride, and their stopping point may sometimes vary if there is too much load on the elevator.