Residential elevator lifting technology has improved dramatically over the years. While the basic mechanicals has stayed the same – the control systems and safety features have improved. EHLS/To The Top Home Elevators is an experienced elevator installer and has installed hundreds of residential elevators in the Chicago area. Our full product line includes all four elevator lifting systems.
- Hydraulic oil is pumped into a cylinder which builds up pressure and allows the elevator to travel up.
- In order for the elevator to travel down (lower), hydraulic oil is simply removed from the cylinder.
- The speed of this drive is generally maxed out at 40 fpm.
- The machinery must be located in a separate machine room.
- Smooth and quiet operation
- Flexibility with remote machine room capability
- Equipment placement
- Hydraulic fluid concerns
- The winding drum is the original form of elevator drive technology.
- A large drum powered by a motor spools aircraft cable which is connected to the elevator sling assembly.
- The cable is either wound or unwound to raise or lower the elevator.
- Machinery can be located in a separate space or above the rail with enough overhead space.
- Size of the drum depends on how much travel is required.
- Its speed varies from 30 to 40 feet per minute.
- Least Cost
- Low Maintenance
- Equipment Placement
- A motor located at the top of the hoist-way pulls elevator up and down.
- The elevator cab weight is offset by a stack of weights; between the rails is a counter-weight, which reduces work for the motor.
- This system is more energy efficient.
- Equipment located in the hoist-way
- Green elevator
- Requires greater overhead space and access hatch
- Similar design to the geared traction design; however, it uses a gearless motor that provides a reduction in noise, more energy efficiency, and a faster speed.
- This drive technology is the newest to hit home elevators.
- A similar roller technology used in full blown passenger elevators guides the car up and down the rails instead of guide shoes to provide an even quieter ride.
- This type of elevator drive consumes less energy than any other drive system. The elevator consumes about 6 amps of power in the up direction.
- Superb ride quality
- Expensive – 1.5X
- Requires greater overhead and access hatch