Budget, space limitations and local housing laws are the only factors to be considered while installing an elevator at home. When it comes to home elevators, there are four different types to choose from. The difference mainly lies in their operating mechanism. The different types of home elevators are briefly discussed in this article.

Hydraulic Elevators
Termed as Mr. Dependable, hydraulic elevators have been rated as the safest option when it comes to home elevators. It is also the most reliable one in emergencies, thanks to its excellent fire and earthquake proof qualities. Also being equipped with a manual lowering and having its machine room located at the basement makes it the most user friendly elevator. Some sales persons however, try to dissuade customers from buying a hydraulic elevator, sighting the bad odor of the operating fluid as a major drawback. It is a little difficult and time consuming to install hydraulic elevators, but once they are put in place, hydraulic elevators provide the best rides ever possible

Vacuum Elevators
Pneumatic or vacuum elevators are known to be quite noisy. They come with their own hoist and hence do not need a machine room. They use a suction creating pneumatic vacuum to transport the elevator cabin between floors. Its load capacity is limited, enabling it to carry only two people at a time. But due the absence of the machine room, its installation cost is much lower than that of the hydraulic variety. Moreover, housing laws in some states do not allow these to be used in residential buildings and hence it is prudent to check with them before installing one. Elevator

Overhead Drum Elevators
The overhead drum residential elevators do not require a machine room, just like the pneumatic variety. Since they do not require oil to function, they are eco-friendly and are ideal for use in modern times. This type of elevator is installed on of the roof and the elevator car does not require counterweights to move.

Counterweight Elevators
The Counterweight, also known as the electric elevator, is operated by counterweights that keep the elevator car suspended in a shaft. This type of residential elevator does not use oil. Its suspension system makes this elevator less safe, especially during earthquakes. Experts generally advise against using counterweight elevators in earthquake prone areas because their suspension system makes them prone to accidents.