The elevators and the escalators are something everyday, of frequent use and that give the impression that they have always been there. Both systems fulfill different functions, such as moving people without any problem and with amazing simplicity, something they know well in Astarlifts. However, which of the two systems is better?
A height fight
The first thing you should keep in mind about both systems is what they are designed for. Both are responsible for moving people between different floors. However, the stairs perform their function at a lower height and in a more massive way. In addition, they offer less versatility than elevators and their performance is much slower.
The elevators, on the other hand, hardly take up space and offer variants to raise different loads. These reasons give it a flexibility that makes it present in high-rise buildings. As a general rule, one of these devices could take you from the ground floor to the tallest of a skyscraper; the same could do with a car.
However, escalators have certain design restrictions, since it would be impractical to connect all the floors of a building through these mechanisms. Space is usually a scarce resource in certain buildings.
Nowadays, energy efficiency is a great need, society is increasingly aware from an ecological point of view and companies act accordingly to support the fight against climate change. These two systems come to assume between 2 and 10% of the energy expenditure of a property.
In some situations they must work constantly, especially in the case of escalators. However, different solutions have been proposed to this problem of electricity consumption. On the side of the elevators, we look for designs in which the system only consumes energy when it is started or when the cabin only lights up when there is a user inside. In addition, the combination with the use of LED bulbs makes the electricity cost even lower.
Along with this, energy recovery technology and motion control by variable frequency are achieving reductions of up to 60% in consumption. Thus, elevators manage to reduce their energy impact enormously.
Elevators and escalators are vertical lift systems that have their advantages and disadvantages. Both perform similar tasks, although the elevators are more versatile, since they occupy little space and fit anywhere; they consume less energy, something that new technologies improve; and act more quickly.
At Astarlifts we help you choose the best elevator system for your needs.