Did you know that most new commercial elevator installations are extremely energy efficient? Some of the same design principles are being incorporated into energy efficient green home lifts by Lifton. There are a wide variety of energy-efficient home elevator types that can be installed in your home. You should speak with a qualified elevator professional to determine if an energy efficient elevator is right for you. Even if you don’t think you have the space for an elevator, you might be surprised.
Whether you choose a traction less elevator, pneumatic elevator, or something entirely different, you should do your part to make sure the installation is as energy efficient as possible. Energy efficiency can not only save you a bundle in the long run, but you may also even get some tax breaks or credits for the installation. If you are curious how elevators have become more energy efficient over the years, or if you could even be new to this type of home upgrade altogether, here is how you can go green with a home elevator installation.
Reducing Overall Energy Usage
One of the primary focuses of reducing energy usage is cutting out extraneous features. Most energy efficient elevators now use software and microprocessor-based controls instead of electro-mechanical arrays. In-cab sensors can automatically detect when the elevator should enter idle or sleep mode. For commercial elevators, destination dispatch control software keeps elevator stops in a batch to make fewer stops and minimize wait times for passengers. This can also reduce the number of elevators needed in the building.
Energy Efficient Elevator Hardware
Double-deck elevators that are designed with two cabs are now a common sight. One cab will serve even-numbered floors while the other serves odd numbered floors. This reduces the building’s energy usage and can even reduce the number of elevators a building needs when combined with dispatch controls. Regenerative drives are another new technology being used in energy-efficient elevators. These drives recycle energy rather than dissipating it as heat. These magnet motors are capable of bi-directional energy flow. When the carriage travels down, the motor acts as a generator transforming mechanical power into electrical power and pumping the current back into the facility’s electrical grid.
The most energy efficient types of elevators are machine-room less traction elevators. In these elevators, the typical machinery has been redesigned to fit in the hoist way. They consume less energy than larger versions of elevators that require a machine room. They also generate less heat, which is ideal in the home setting. Pneumatic elevators also reduce energy footprint since they only use energy when the elevator cab needs to rise. It can be lowered by reducing the air pressure in the chamber below. These elevators cannot be hidden behind walls and don’t blend in as well with the decor, so consider that if your home’s appearance is important to you.
Most energy-efficient elevators use LED lighting in cab panels, overhead, and floor indicators. LED panels use much less energy for the same amount of light produced. Other improvements include the ability to put the elevator into standby mode when it isn’t needed.