When people get to a point where mobility is an issue, trying to get to upper stories of their house can be difficult. If you are starting to have issues with climbing stairs, you have options. One of those options is to retrofit your house with an elevator:
In the past, there have been problems with trying to retrofit an elevator into your house. One of the problems is that elevators can take up a lot of space in your house. Trying to come up with the space for not only the elevator, but the mechanics as well can be difficult. The elevators can also be very heavy. That adds a lot of weight into the structure of your house, in areas that weren't built to carry that weight.
There are several innovations in elevator technology that make it easier to add an elevator to your house. One of those innovations is using a vacuum elevator.
What is a vacuum elevator?
If you have ever used a pneumatic tube at your bank, you have experienced something traveling by vacuum. Basically, the way that pneumatics work is that there is a device that reduces the air pressure above of below the capsule, causing it to move in that direction.
That's why the tubes at the bank close before the capsule moves. The capsule has to fit the tube very well, so that no suction gets past them. That's why there are rubber gaskets on either end of the capsule. It maintains the vacuum and makes sure no air gets past the capsule.
A vacuum elevator works in the exact same way. The cars of the elevators fit tightly within the elevator tubes so that the air pressure changes and the vacuum can be maintained so that the cars can move.
The vacuum elevators are round, in a round tube, because that's the necessary shape to create the pressure to move the car. The tubes for the elevator are generally made out of a thick poly-carbonate plastic. That makes them strong enough to handle a lot of use. Because they don't have a lot of moving parts, the elevators don't take up a lot of space, so they are easier to retrofit into a house or other building.
Staying mobile as long as possible helps to increase your quality of life. Talking to a elevator installation service about adding in a vacuum elevator can help you maintain that mobility. To learn more, contact a company like Golden State Elevator Service Inc. with any questions or concerns you have.