Before the onset of COVID-19, a lot of us saw personalised lifts as a thing meant for the wealthy and not something the common man would need. Fast-forward to 2020 and the world witnesses a pandemic that threatens humanity on a scale not witnessed before. Today the notion that personalised lifts are a preserve for the rich has changed. One of the ways to stop the spread of the virus is to maintain cleanliness. This has seen lots of people open to the idea of getting themselves these types of elevators in a bid to protect themselves and their families. On the other hand, manufacturers are also upping their game coming up with apps that allow for touchless operation of the lifts.
COVID-19 cases might be fewer, but unless the vaccine is found and the entire population is vaccinated, cases of the deadly virus will continue to crop up. According to researchers who have been studying the Coronavirus, Covid-19 stays longer on metal surfaces than any other kind of surface. Most lifts are made from metal and are a spot for harbouring the revered virus.
In a bid to deal with this issue, more and more industries are coming up with ways to tackle the effects of the virus. One of these ways is to design residential buildings that have personalised lifts. While this might be an expensive venture, it is one that must not be overlooked even when we get to deal with the current pandemic.
Whereas COVID-19 can survive on glass and metal for about ten days, other bugs can stick on the same surfaces for as long as a month.
Other than protecting you and your family from pathogens, having this kind of lift comes with other added advantages. They offer unmatched flexibility as well as security to you and your loved ones with the system only leading in and out of your house and nowhere else.
Choosing the right personalised lift
You have seen the need to have your elevator in your building but are you wondering what to look out for to get the right one. The first thing you need to do is to establish the amount of space that’s available as well as the design of your house. To get an elevator fitted, you will need to avail space to have the motor and controls in what is commonly called the machine room. This will call for some extra space.
Once you choose the elevator that you want, find how big the cab is. This helps in determining how much weight the lift will be able to handle. As you do this, it is always advisable that you find out from the authorities within your area the maximum size that is allowed for a personalised elevator.
The next step is usually deciding on the appropriate cab shape as well as the style of its door. Most elevator doors are either round-shaped or have a box shape. The most common form is the box shape mainly because it is easier and cheaper to design them.
The next thing you need to consider is the different styles of doors that elevators come in. You have the option to pick from adjacent opening doors, single opening doors, double opening doors as well as others. The best way to go about this is to ensure that your choice goes well with the apartment’s design and that of the shaft’s configurations for safe operations of the system.
The final thing to consider when undertaking this kind of project is to figure out the type of material that will be used. One of the most popular materials is glass, commonly known as plexiglass. The advantage of using this is, you get to enjoy panoramic views in case you decide to use it on the walls.
Other than glass, metal and wood can also be used. Hardwood timber is the most commonly used wood on elevator cabs. Mahogany, oak and walnuts are a favourite. With regard to metal, steel is the best because it is strong and more durable compared to other types. Some lifts are however made from copper, brass or bronze.
If you like, you can have your designer add leather or fabric on the interior of your elevator. This often gives it a warm and homely feeling.
What is the cost of personal lifts?
The cost depends on several things which include, the number of floors accessible, its size as well as how much restructuring will be required to get the lift up and running. The best way to cut on costs is to purchase a ready to fix an elevator instead of having to build one from scratch.
What can we expect from customised future lifts?
Since the start of the Corona pandemic, more and more manufacturers are coming up with innovations that minimise on the need to touch objects or machines, especially those used by the masses. This is what is commonly known as touchless technology. One way to do this is to use applications to control elevators.
From the comfort of your smartphone, you will be in a position to call up your elevator.
COVID-19 has brought its share of pain to the world. As we put our efforts towards fighting it, adopting technologies such as the ones on personalised elevators will help in a considerable way reducing cases of infections.