4 Crazy Facts about home elevators
When you are about to buy an elevator for your home, it is very important to understand and research thoroughly about the product and the technology it use; for this elevator is going to be used by your loved ones, family and friends. As you understand that elevators are made of moving components which help in transporting human lives from one floor to another; therefore, our sincere advise is not buy an elevator before you read the below 4 crazy facts that no one else would dare to tell.
1. Commercial VS Home Lift
There are two different types of elevator; one is a commercial lift which is used in hi-rise buildings, commercial complex and public areas. Whereas, home elevators are intended to be used in private houses, duplex, villas, bungalows and private use. How does it matter? Let me tell you in simple words, have you ever noticed warning boards inside elevators mentioning ‘Children below 14 years should not use the lift’? How can you tell this to your kids or elders (who also have reflexes as kids) at home? That is why a home elevator has evolved. In fact even renowned brands manipulate consumers in INDIA and sell them commercial lift for their residence. In short you do not want to have a security guard to operate the lift and have a trained technician to be available to handle emergency situation 24 X 7.
DID YOU KNOW
a) In Europe if someone installs a commercial lift at home, that supplier and the customer both are subject to punishment as per law.
b) If you will ask even some of these branded lift companies to explain difference between “Commercial and Residential lift”, you will be surprised as they’ll have nothing to say.
2. Home Elevator Standards in INDIA
It’s quite unfortunate to say that in INDIA there are not set standards for Home Elevators. This allows anyone to be become an elevator manufacturer. Elevator manufacturing in INDIA is becoming like a cottage industry where anyone can install a moving platforms and call those home elevators. Often Local manufacturers exploit consumers showing ISO certification and claiming it to be safe however, it’s important that you should understand ISO certification is not for the product, it’s to certify that the company is organized. When you buy a helmet you will look for ISI certification not ISO, (even duplicate healmet manifacturer can be ISO certified) likely when you buy home elevator you should look for TUV Certification for the Product.
3. Elevator Accidents in INDIA
Tough it’s sad it is also true that India ranks #2 in Elevator accidents. This is mainly due to installation of wrong application and not keeping up with any set standards for safety. It is shocking to know that accidents in 2018 have increased by a mind boggling 26.8%. It is high time that we should look to bring change in this.”You must be the Change, if you wish to see the Change – Mahatma Gandhi”
Let us know our rights, let’s stop being a Victim & get informative on what you buy.
4. How to Identify a Home Elevator
A home elevator can easily be identified by below features:
- All home elevators should run on a single phase power supply.
- Pit size should not be more than 100-150mm and no headroom space is required.
- There should not be any A/c current running through the shaft.
- No safety features should be neglected
- It should comply with Machine Directive 2006 42 EC & EN 81 – 41
- Trap door should be available inside the cabin
- Ensure you are getting the lift certified by TUV post installation to guarantee “Peace of Mind”