What is a Hydraulic Personal Elevator?
The word “hydraulic” refers to the elevator’s drive system; in other words, it is the mechanism that makes a personal elevator run. If you are thinking about getting an in-home elevator for your or your parents’ home to increase the homeowner’s mobility, it is important to learn the differences in elevator drive systems in order to match their needs with the functionality of the lift.
Personal elevators are a practical and valuable asset to the home of the elderly or disabled. If you’ve decided that you are ready to reclaim your mobility, a hydraulic drive elevator may be the option for you.
How Does a Hydraulic Elevator Work?
A hydraulic in home elevator moves the car with a fluid-driven piston system. Fluids can be a mineral or petroleum-based oil, water-based solution, or synthetic lubricant. The choice of fluid can be decided by you and your provider, but mineral-based oils are the most cost-effective and readily available type of hydraulic fluid.
An electric motor powers a pump that forces the fluid to open valves within the system. The opening and closing of valves forces the elevator car to go up and down, and the pump is calibrated to stop the car at the appropriate floor. Although it sounds complicated, the hydraulic elevator is one of the most popular drive systems because of its many benefits.
What are the Benefits of a Hydraulic Elevator?
A hydraulic personal elevator is probably best known for its smooth ride. Individuals who experience pain, especially back or hip pain, greatly benefit from a smooth transition between the floors of their home. Other benefits include:
• Cost-effective in both the short term and long term elevator investment
• Travel at a convenient speed of up to 40 feet per minute
• Optimizes the space available with a separate machine room
• Durable and easier to maintain
• Safer, includes back-up battery to allow the car to descend to the bottom floor in an emergency
• Fluid component is easier to replace than a cable system
• Capacity of up to 950-pounds
• Length of the rails can be up to 50 feet, more than enough for a standard two-story home
• Can support a car of up to 15 square feet, ensuring your space and comfort
There are, however, a few disadvantages to a hydraulic elevator. Though smooth, the amount of moving parts makes this drive system a little noisier than a cable drum drive or machine room less drive. Also, some homeowners dislike having to dedicate space to the machine room. Despite these slight disadvantages, the benefits of choosing hydraulic over another type of drive system outweigh the inconveniences.
How do I get a Hydraulic Personal Elevator?
You should only trust a certified provider who has experience with the fine details involved in the installation of a hydraulic elevator. Get started with your personal elevator installation by calling (800) 541-1741 today.