Types of Elevator Explained!

Just about everyone can benefit from the convenience and reliability of an elevator, and for people who have mobility issues, it can make daily living much easier.

These machines are ideal for moving groceries, furniture and just about anything that can fit in them.

There are three main types of elevators commonly used in homes: Traction Elevators, Platform Lifts and Hydraulic Lifts. Which is the right choice for you? Let’s weigh their pros and cons so you can get a sense of their suitability for your home.

Traction Elevators

In Kuwait, the most popular residential elevator is the traction elevator. These elevators are more often installed as homes are being built. Adding one to an existing structure is tricky as it needs a pit and shaft to function.

Traction elevators come in two main types. One has a machine room situated on a building’s rooftop, just above the shaft, it’s called a Machine Room Above (MRA) elevator. The second type doesn’t require a machine room; it’s known as a Machine Room-Less (MRL) elevator. Choosing one or the other depends mainly on your design and rooftop space availability, both are very commonly used.

Quality traction elevators are safe, fast and reliable. However, they need to be installed during the construction stage otherwise a lot of annoying preparation work is required to have one installed.

Platform Lifts

Growing in popularity this type of lift is a great solution for existing homes and buildings that do not have an elevator installed. It runs on electricity, and does not require a pit, shaft or machine room to be installed.  It uses screw and nut technology and comes in many different sizes and load capacities suitable for most peoples’ needs.

By far, a platform lift is the easiest type of lift to install. However, given their simplicity, platform lifts are limited in terms of their travel height and speed which limits their use to only low rise buildings.

Hydraulic Lifts

A hydraulic lift has a fluid pump in a small machine room, which is located under a building or on the lowest floor. These elevators can transport heavier objects, and since they’re relatively compact, they’re practical for less spacious homes.

They are somewhat slow, and do occasionally generate a bit of noise and heat. If not properly maintained, they can leak a little oil from the pump. All in all, hydraulic lifts are the least commonly used residential elevators in Kuwait simply due to traction elevators being much more efficient.  

Final Thoughts

Above all, choosing a home elevator involves figuring your needs and requirements. What’s your price range? Are you building to a new home, or are you adding an elevator into an existing home or building?

Answering these questions will guide you before making the final decision. You can also visit Asansair.com to check out the different types of elevators available for you and make an inquiry to have one installed in your home.

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