Two Factors That Could Help You Determine How Many Elevators to Install

If you are a commercial property owner looking to have some elevators installed, you may begin to wonder how many to order. Whether your building is extremely large or very small, there are a couple of things to take into consideration. Working with professional elevator installers, you can look at the following factors for help in making this decision.

How Many People Will Use the Elevators

If your building is still in the works, it might be impossible to determine an exact number of people who will use your elevators, but you can come up with a rough estimate. You should consider how many people will need to use the elevator, as well as what times of the day they will be using it.

To figure this out, take an inventory of who occupies, or will occupy, the building. If it’s an apartment building, you can count up all the tenants and break them up into age groups, such as “working adults,” “school-aged children,” and other similar categories. If you own an office building, you should consider which businesses run out of the building, how many employees each of them have, and how many clients each of them see on a regular basis. You can then figure out approximately what time each category of individuals would come and go during the day.

A professional elevator designer can work with you to analyze traffic so you can come up with a fairly accurate estimate. Once you have that, you can move on to the next step.

Wait Time

Nobody likes to stand at an elevator for longer than half a minute. Commercial buildings that house businesses often have elevators with shorter wait times because professionals are often more rushed than someone just getting home from work to an apartment building.

Consider the busiest times of the day and the number of people riding the elevator from your earlier estimate, evaluate how much time it would take for the elevator to stop at each floor, and you’ll have a rough idea of the elevator wait time. If it’s longer than a minute or a minute-and-a-half, you might consider two elevators.

Getting the Assistance You Need

If you’re figuring out how many elevators to have installed in your commercial building, you don’t have to try and do the math yourself, let the professionals do it for you. Contact Puget Sound Elevator Company by calling 425-800-8256 or emailing us today for assistance in getting your new elevators up and running.

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