Things To Consider When Installing An Elevator

By Bernhard Mehl
May 05, 2020

If you have a large building with many different floors, elevators are the best solution for easy accessibility. They ensure that people can move around the building efficiently and make it easy for people with disabilities to access different floors. 

Installing an elevator in a building needs to be properly planned before implementation to ensure it meets all safety codes and will function correctly. Here are all the things to consider when installing an elevator.

Safety

First and foremost are the safety regulations. It is absolutely crucial that the elevator is able to carry the weight of multiple passengers at once. You must test for its maximum capacity after it is installed and specify this in the elevator so that people know how much it can carry. Elevators must also have an alarm system in case of emergencies or break downs. 

In addition, you need to perform safety checks on the area where the elevator will be installed to ensure that it is stable enough. It is also important to ensure that only authorized personnel and maintenance staff can access the elevator machinery to avoid any accidents from occurring. 

Capacity

Considering how many people need to access the building throughout the day helps you to work out the expected capacity and the number of elevators needed before proceeding with the installation. Having too few elevators for the number of people in the building will result in very long wait times. 

So, it is important to calculate the capacity beforehand in order to install the elevators correctly. Taller buildings may also require multiple shafts and elevator cores to ensure efficiency and safety. 

Design

Elevator design depends on the type of building it’s installed in as it needs to suit the building’s aesthetic. 

For example, residential elevators will probably have a more pleasing visual appearance, possibly with glass doors, windows, and mirrors to allow light in. While on the other hand, corporate buildings would be more plain and standardized, and modern buildings may need to work with an architect and interior designer to ensure the elevator matches the building’s overall style. 

Environment 

One of the most important things to consider when installing an elevator is the environment in which it will be installed. This plays a big part in how it is installed and in the overall design. Assessing the environment includes determining how many floors the elevator needs to cover, as well as how much weight it needs to carry. 

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Peak Times

In tall buildings, it is essential to consider the impact of peak times on your elevators. This will help you to manage the traffic and ensure people aren’t waiting a long time for the elevator to get to their floor.

Knowing when most people enter and exit the building, as well as factoring in a lunch-time rush, will help you calculate how many elevators you need to install to ensure efficiency. 

If you have a dining area on one of the top levels of your building, you should consider a separate elevator system to take people there. This will help minimize traffic on the main elevator system. 

Quality

Quality is important to consider when installing just about anything. When it comes to elevators though, you’ll want to make sure you are getting good quality equipment from a reputable manufacturer. 

You don’t want to have an elevator that is constantly breaking down, so it’s worth spending a little extra on a trustworthy brand. 

Smart Technology

Nowadays, smart technology is being used in buildings to monitor access and maximize security. So, it is not surprising that smart elevators are on the rise. Smart elevators utilize keycards or fobs that can be programmed for specific floors so you don’t need to push a button. 

Utilizing elevator access control solutions by Kisi can help you increase your building’s security and make it easy for people to get where they need to be. 

Conclusion

When installing an elevator, it is essential that you consider all the different aspects mentioned above. This will help ensure that you install the perfect elevator system for your building. In case you are looking for specific elevator brands, you can check our our article about the Best Elevators Brands.

Bernhard Mehl

Bernhard is the co-founder and CEO of Kisi. His philosophy, "security is awesome," is contagious among tech-enabled companies.