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A Vision Elevator Can Make Your Entire Home Accessible

A Vision elevator from Nationwide Lifts can improve accessibility at home. Vision elevators offer a clear design and a panoramic view of your home. They come in a variety of types, and many do not require a machine room, pit, or hoistway, which makes the amount of space and money required for installation less than those associated with other elevators.

Vision 830The Vision 830 uses an integrated, completely clear acrylic hoistway and offers a completely self-contained design that does not require a shaft, pit, or machine room. This cable-driven residential elevator can operate up to five stops and 40 feet, can transport up to 830 pounds, and is large enough to accommodate a wheelchair.

Our Vision pneumatic elevators can travel through a hole in the floor or attach to a balcony. They do not require a pit, hoistway, or machine room. The Vision 550 can travel up to four stops and 35 feet at a rate of 20 feet per minute. The Vision 450 can transport up to 450 pounds and can travel up to 30 feet per minute with up to three stops. The Vision 350 can travel up to four stops and 35 feet at a speed of 30 feet per minute.

The Vision EC home elevator uses a hydraulic drive system. It does not require a pit, hoistway, or machine room. The Vision EC can transport up to 500 pounds up to 23 feet at a rate of 25 feet per minute and is best for a two-story house.

If you need to make your home more accessible to someone who cannot climb the stairs, consider installing a Vision elevator. Whether you choose a cable-driven, pneumatic, or hydraulic home elevator, they all come with standard safety features and optional features to create a reliable, customized solution for your mobility needs.

A Freedom Elevator Can Improve Mobility at Your Home or Business

Nationwide Lifts offers a line of Freedom elevators that can improve mobility and accessibility at your home or business.

Freedom GreenThe Freedom Green residential elevator operates with unique traction drive system technology and does not require a machine room. Since it uses a counter-balanced system, the Freedom Green elevator requires very little power to operate, which reduces energy costs by up to 50 percent. Unlike most home elevators, the Freedom Green elevator does not use hydraulic oil, which reduces the risk of environmental contamination. Its cab is made from recycled/recovered wood. It also includes many standard features that cost extra on most other elevator models. The Freedom Green residential elevator can transport up to 1,000 pounds at a rate of up to 40 feet per minute.

The Freedom 750 home elevator uses a hydraulic drive system. It has a 1,000-pound weight capacity and can travel up to 36 feet per minute. It can travel up to 50 feet and five stops. The Freedom 750 elevator includes standard safety features, such as a battery-powered lowering system, emergency alarm, and automatic door locks. It comes in a variety of wood finishes and door configurations to create a customized look for your home. A machine room with a telephone jack is required.

Freedom CommercialThe Freedom 1500 is a large, luxury residential elevator. It can transport up to 1,500 pounds, which makes it the largest home elevator model. It has automatic side-sliding doors, rather than the accordion gates in most home elevators. The doors are available in stainless steel, paintable steel, or wood or designer veneers. The Freedom 1500 elevator can travel up to 50 feet with five stops at a rate of 40 feet per minute. It includes safety features, such as battery-powered lowering, battery backup lighting, and automatic door locks. A machine room with a telephone line is required.

The Freedom Commercial elevator is suitable for two- or three-story buildings. It can transport up to 1,400 pounds at a rate of 30 feet per minute. It features automatic side-slide doors and a cab with stainless steel fixtures and a choice of wall panels. A machine room with a telephone jack is required. A Freedom Commercial elevator takes 10 to 15 days to install. It uses a hydraulic drive system for smooth and quiet operation.

A Dumbwaiter Can Help You Move Items in Your Home or Business

dumbwaiterIf you frequently need to move heavy or large items from one floor to another in your home or business, climbing the stairs can be a challenge. Make transporting items easier and avoid accidents by installing a residential or commercial dumbwaiter.

A dumbwaiter is an ideal solution for transporting items in a multi-story home. A dumbwaiter can connect your basement to the upper floors of your home, making it easier to transport a laundry basket to and from the basement or to carry groceries to the kitchen. With a dumbwaiter, you will no longer have to navigate flights of stairs carrying heavy, bulky items, thus preventing you from accidentally falling or dropping something.

Installing a dumbwaiter can also help your business operate more smoothly. Dumbwaiters are ideal for transporting dishes in restaurants, boxes of documents in offices, or heavy, bulky equipment in other types of businesses. They can help your employees move items quickly and safely, reducing the risk of accidents and making your business operate more efficiently.

A dumbwaiter from Nationwide Lifts is easy to use. Simply load the items you wish to transport, close the roll-up gate, and press a button to move the items from floor to floor. A dumbwaiter can be configured to operate between two or more floors in your home or business.

Dumbwaiters operate on a rail system and are equipped with standard safety features, including a slack cable, final limit, trolley brake, and locking door. Dumbwaiters come in a variety of sizes and can carry up to 500 pounds.

If you routinely have to carry large or heavy items up and down the stairs in your home or business, consider installing a dumbwaiter from Nationwide Lifts. You can avoid falling or dropping items and minimize the time needed to transport objects from one floor to another, making your business run more efficiently or giving you more free time at home.

Vacuum Elevators Offer a Safe, Affordable In-Home Option

vacuum elevator gizmag.comPneumatic, or vacuum, elevators can be installed in homes at a lower cost and in a fraction of the time than traditional residential elevators.

The elevators work on the principle that air will travel from an area of high to low pressure. The air in the area below the cab is kept at atmospheric pressure using a suction device. When the air pressure above the cab is lowered, the difference in pressure causes the cab to rise. When a valve in the upper part of the shaft lets air at atmospheric pressure into the low-pressure chamber, the difference in pressure lowers the cab.

The system operates without cables, pulleys, or pistons. Locking devices inside the shaft stop the cab at the top and bottom exactly at floor level. Since it is controlled by air pressure, rather than a mechanical system, starts and stops are very smooth. A braking system consisting of a diaphragm or piston on the roof of the cab activates if the tube above the cab suddenly returns to atmospheric pressure. Vacuum elevators are safe and reliable, since it is almost impossible to get stuck between floors or freefall. If the power goes out when the cab is descending, the elevator will automatically stop and lock at the next floor.

Vacuum elevators are transparent, self-supporting, constructed of aluminum and polycarbonate, and are quick to install. They are extremely light, have a capacity of up to 450 pounds, and take up only about one square-meter in area. They can work in almost any two- or three-story building, including non-conventional homes. They are a good option for existing homes, since they do not require excavation of a pit and hoistway. Maintenance costs are much lower than those for traditional residential elevators. Vacuum elevators use low amounts of energy when ascending and no energy when descending, making them a more affordable and environmentally-friendly option than other residential elevators.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Residential Elevator

freedom750_lrg_1Installing an elevator in your home can dramatically improve the quality of life for a family member with mobility problems, while also adding to the value of your house. Here are some facts to help you choose the type of elevator that will be best for your home.

Consider the different types of residential elevators on the market. Traditional hydraulic elevators use pistons and cables, while pneumatic or vacuum elevators use changes in air pressure to move the cars. Simple elevators can use mechanical motors to raise and lower small cars.

Another important consideration is the distance the elevator will need to travel. Small platform lifts can only travel up to eight feet, while vacuum elevators can travel up to four stories. Hydraulic elevators can be used in tall buildings, even skyscrapers.
The weights of passengers and their wheelchairs or other mobility devices are important factors. Pneumatic elevators can only transport up to 450 pounds, while hydraulic elevators can carry much larger weights.

Size is another important factor. Vacuum elevators are generally not large enough to transport a wheelchair, while hydraulic elevators have much more interior room and can easily accommodate a wheelchair, scooter, or other mobility device.

Installation requirements vary widely depending on the type of elevator. Hydraulic elevators require demolition and remodeling to create a pit for the pistons and other equipment needed for the elevator to operate. Vacuum elevators, on the other hand, require no excavation. Also consider the electrical power requirements of each type of elevator and whether your home’s current electrical system can support them.

Costs for various types of elevators also vary greatly. The average cost for a hydraulic residential elevator is $15,000, while vacuum elevators cost $20,000 to $28,000. Vacuum elevators have lower maintenance costs than hydraulic elevators because they have fewer mechanical parts. When discussing prices with an elevator dealer, inquire about service plans.

Lastly, consider how the new elevator will fit in with the appearance of the rest of your home. Hydraulic elevators are hidden behind walls and require a separate machine room, while vacuum elevators are exposed. Elevators are generally installed in a central location or at the very end of a home. The simplest place to add an elevator is on an exterior wall. Do not replace a staircase with an elevator, as this generally decreases a home’s value.

Choosing a residential elevator is a smart option to help a family member with mobility problems. Nationwide Lifts can help you choose the model that best suits your needs.

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