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Why Elevators are most important for Residential buildings ?

Residential Elevators can be of enormous importance in simplifying life, serving to lessen daily re-occurring movements of climbing stairs. Residential Elevators reduce cases of typical accidents such as crumbling down the stairs or in worse cases, kids slip over stair rails.  Daily life has also changed and many homeowners have approved to get a Residential elevator for a number of reasons.

You should now begin buy an elevator for your home or apartment . Follow the factors:

Increases your property value

A Residential elevator acts as a fruitful investment for many, helping to growth the resale value of the home or Apartment. You’ll find that most future home or Apartment buyers today get easily attracted to homes or apartments which are accessible by elevators as many house buyers already look to upcoming accessibility of the home, as no one wants to have to move home when mobility get worse. This, therefore, is the reason why installing a Home elevator will increase the attraction and worth of your home or Apartment.

Elevators are Improves home security and safety

Safety is a first priority concern at home, especially for the elderly and the physically disabled. Residential elevators are becoming more and more of a useful addition to one’s home. The more possible risk nowadays is getting stuck in a home elevator. The impact of this problem can be minimized by associating with the right elevator and lift contractor. The right contractor is one that provides emergency home elevator service round the clock, and whose place of business is within easy driving distance from your home. You need to ensure that your elevator contractor has professionals who know their job and can provide immediate service. Make sure that your home elevator has a working phone, and a qualified installer that truly understands what emergency service is.

 Expectation from Residential Elevators

Although elevators are one of the not dangerous forms of transportation available, simple procedures can help ensure people safety.

  • Space-saving designs
  • Reduce cases of Typical Accidents
  • Resale Value of the Home
  • People Safety and Security
  • Low power consumption
  • Convenience
  • Comfortably

Elevators are Improves home security and safety

Safety is a first priority concern at home, especially for the elderly and the physically disabled. Residential elevators are becoming more and more of a useful addition to one’s home. The more possible risk nowadays is getting stuck in a home elevator. The impact of this problem can be minimized by associating with the right elevator and lift contractor. The right contractor is one that provides emergency home elevator service round the clock, and whose place of business is within easy driving distance from your home. You need to ensure that your elevator contractor has professionals who know their job and can provide immediate service. Make sure that your home elevator has a working phone, and a qualified installer that truly understands what emergency service is.

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Cleaning and Disinfecting Elevators.


First, it’s important to clarify cleaning vs. disinfecting. Here’s how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) differentiate these processes:

Cleaning requires water and either soap or detergent to remove dirt, spots and stains. Just cleaning a surface won’t kill viruses, bacteria or fungi. Instead, it can remove germs from surfaces and lower the risk of spreading.

Disinfecting uses chemicals to kill germs. It won’t necessarily remove spots and impurities, but it is the best way to remove contamination. In order for this process to work, you will need to clean a surface before applying disinfecting spray. The EPA has an extensive list of registered disinfectants that are effective against viruses like COVID-19.

There’s also sanitizing, which lowers the number of germs to a safe level determined by public health standards. Sanitizing is the most common practice for surfaces that come in contact with food. This process can be done without using chemicals, like with a steam cleaner.


Here’s a look at cleaning and disinfecting processes by the type of surface. When cleaning and disinfecting and while the elevator is drying, you may want to temporarily shut it down to avoid foot traffic.

Cleaning and Disinfecting elevators

Hard/Non-Porous Surfaces – Wall Panels, Doors, Handrails

  • Before disinfecting, use soap and water to remove dirt and grime. Use cleaning solvents per the manufacturer’s recommendation and consult your elevator service provider to be sure the products are safe to use — this is especially important for electrical areas.
  • Never pour water on any electrical areas. Instead, use a damp paper towel or cloth.
  • Use a disposable paper towel or a microfiber cloth, and an EPA-registered disinfectant. Opt for a non-abrasive, non-corrosive solution that is compatible with the surface material.


  • Sweep or vacuum the floor or carpet. Carpets can trap dust, germs and dirt, so it’s important to vacuum even if it looks clean.
  1. To deep clean a carpet, use a steam cleaner or an appropriate EPA-registered solution. Non-carpeted flooring can be disinfected with a non-abrasive, non-corrosive solution.

Soft/Porous Items –Rugs, Pads, Mats

  • Clean the items first by removing noticeable debris. You can do this by sweeping or vacuuming.
  • If possible, wash the items in the laundry on the warmest setting.
  1. If you can’t throw an item in the laundry, clean it with soap and water and a cloth. After cleaning, use an appropriate disinfecting solution.

Non-Chemical Disinfectant Options

Chemicals aren’t the only way to disinfect. Purifying and disinfecting products, like the CASPR 200, are designed specifically to kill bacteria, viruses and other germs found in elevators. These small systems are installed in the elevator cab and eliminate air pollution, including illness-causing pathogens.


The safety of you and your passengers is the most important part of the elevator cleaning and disinfecting process. Here are a few helpful tips:

  1. If necessary, shut down the elevator when you’re cleaning. This will help you avoid interruptions and unnecessary contamination.
  2. Wear disposable gloves and a gown to protect your skin and clothing.
  3. Wash your hands in between elevator cleanings.
  4. Avoid touching your face while cleaning. You don’t want chemicals or germs getting on your skin or in your eyes.


The frequency will depend on the type of building. If you have dozens of elevators located in a busy, high-traffic office building, you may want to clean and disinfect them on a daily basis. But if you have a single elevator in a small apartment building, a weekly cleaning could suffice.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Elevators

Medical facilities should obviously take a different approach. Since sick people are constantly coming in and out, elevators in high-traffic areas (like lobbies and emergency areas) should be continuously disinfected throughout the day.

Also consider the season and climate. Your elevators may need more attention during flu season or if another illness is spreading throughout the building. Remember that germs can stick around for longer than we may think. According to the World Health Organization, viruses like COVID-19 can live on surfaces for up to a few hours to several days — the exact time will depend on the type of surface. In this instance, frequent disinfecting is key to prevent the spread of the virus.


  • Always clean surfaces before using disinfecting products.
  • Review the elevator manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning. Some surfaces could become damaged if you use the wrong solution.
  • Also check the directions on any cleaning or disinfecting solution you’re using, as some might not work to the best of their ability if used incorrectly. For example, do you know how to properly use Clorox disinfecting wipes? According to the instructions, Clorox says to “wipe surface, using enough wipes for the treated surface to remain visibly wet for four minutes. Let surface dry.”
  • It’s important to disinfect surfaces that may not be considered high-touch areas. Germs and bacteria can land anywhere in an elevator — doors, floors, wall panels, etc. To ensure that your elevator is as clean as possible, the entire elevator needs to be disinfected.
  • Don’t use sponges when cleaning or disinfecting. They can collect bacteria.
  • Never spray chemicals directly on to an elevator surface. Spray the solution on to a fresh paper towel or a clean microfiber cloth and then wipe down the surface. Spraying chemicals directly onto a surface could cause electrical damage.
  • Make sure that the products you are using haven’t expired.
  • Throw away cleaning gloves, gowns and disposable paper towels immediately after use. Wash reusable cloths right away.
  • Never shake out dirty items before cleaning them (rugs, drapes, etc.). This could spread dirt and bacteria throughout the air.
  • Consider offering alcohol-based hand sanitizer in common areas of your building to encourage healthy hand hygiene.


The CDC recommends practicing social distancing of at least 6 feet. But how do you socially distance yourself in an elevator?

As businesses begin to reopen, Bloomberg Law notes that buildings may need to limit the number of people allowed in an elevator, especially since the virus can linger in the air. While this will inevitably result in long lines and late workers, building owners will need to get creative. We’ll likely see freight elevators open for public use and more leniency for late workers. It’s also an opportune time to ensure that your elevators are covered by an elevator maintenance plan, as downtimes are the last thing anyone needs right now.

If you have questions about disinfecting your elevators or would like to learn more about the CASPR 200 disinfecting system, contact our team today.

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Effects of Corona Virus to the Economy

The coronavirus is spreading quickly around the globe. Governments, businesses and families respond to the pandemic in unprecedented ways, massively and necessarily disrupting the economy in the process. Policymakers are now considering or already taking quick, large steps to both ease the health care challenges and stem the economic pain. Here are seven things we know about the economy and economic policy that should guide the design of additional policy steps:

1)     This is first and foremost a health care crisis

The underlying cause of the economic slowdown is a global pandemic. The spread, and thus the economic impact of the virus, are highly unpredictable. But it affects people in all countries, states and localities to some degree.

The pandemic also hurts almost all industries, turning the health care challenge into an economic one. People can no longer travel and go out. Supply chain disruptions idle manufacturing plants. Warehouse workers are becoming ill and increasingly worried about getting ill. Health-care workers on the front lines of the virus could become infected and need to self-quarantine.

The health and safety of the population remain the highest policy priority. Congress and the administration need to make sure that sufficient diagnostic, protective and therapeutic equipment are available. Policymakers also need to make sure that economically vulnerable health care workers and health aides in particular, do not have to choose between work while sick and staying home. They will need paid sick leave as well as paid medical and family leave. This will mean expanding already enacted protections, so that the self-employed also receive benefits.

2)     The demand side of the economy is primarily hurt

Most of the economic disruptions affect the demand side. People can no longer go to work and often lose their jobs and incomes as businesses shutter their operations. Businesses are holding off on investments amid the growing uncertainty. And, exports will inevitably falter as other countries are taking similar actions to slow the spread of the virus.

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There will be some limited supply side effects. Businesses will fail as they lack customers and cash to sustain them for extended periods of time. Small and medium sized businesses, especially in low-margin industries such as restaurants, will be among the ones most acutely hit by the economic fallout.

Any economic intervention needs to primarily focus on boosting the demand side of the economy. This means replacing incomes, especially among lower-income and middle-income families. They are more likely to work in affected industries and they are less likely to have sufficient savings to tide them over weeks or even months of income losses.

Senate will also have to consider measures to support the supply-side if those effects devastate strategic industries or excessively worsen the demand side effects, for instance, by a concentration of hotels and restaurants in tourism-dependent regions. But any bailout effort will have to come with strong strings attached, so that the aid helps workers and not the top.  

3)     Uncertainty over the economy reins high.

There is a lot businesses, families, governments and economists who don’t know about the economic fallout from the spreading virus. The depth, length and regional dispersion of the economic decline are largely unknown. Nor is it clear whether measures taken now to contain the spread of the virus will be effective.

This uncertainty exacerbates the economic fallout. Businesses are pulling back, not just because they have no customers, but also because they don’t know how much worse it will get. Families are cutting spending in part because they are worried about drastic drops in their incomes. These reactions to the unknowable risks exacerbate the economic downturn.

The federal government can address this massive, widespread and growing uncertainty. It has the ability to quickly spend large sums of money wherever problems rapidly rise. At this point, Congress and the President need to clearly signal their willingness to undertake any steps necessary to stop an economic freefall, no matter where the problems occur and how long they will last.

4)     States and local governments will quickly feel the fallout from the pandemic

State and local governments are at the front lines of the current crisis. Many people in their communities will have to quickly rely on public services. And, local businesses such as restaurants, hotels, and event venues are shuttered for the time being, reducing employment, jobs and tax revenues. And, many of these effects will vary from state to state, from city to city, and even from neighborhood to neighborhood. Finally, states and localities often do not have the wherewithal to commit to supporting their local businesses and families to any meaningful degree. The current crisis puts state and local governments in an untenable position, where they may be forced to choose which parts of their communities will get help and which ones won’t.

5)     The fallout from the pandemic highlights the problems of massive economic inequality

Income and wealth inequality are at or near record highs.

These inequities now create untenable vicious cycles for many families. Lower-income workers tend to not only have lower pay, but also fewer benefits such as health insurance and paid sick leave. Many lower-income workers now face a heightened chance of getting infected, losing their jobs and incomes, and getting stuck with large health care bills. But those same families have few savings to fall back on, are already mire in costly consumer debt thus could quickly fall further behind in paying their bills. Worse, many of these families need to actually rely more on their own savings than higher-income, more financially secure families, because they have less access to public benefits such as unemployment insurance.

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Any help from Congress thus needs to be progressive, targeting the largest benefits to those most in need. Expanded paid sick leave, paid medical and family leave, and unemployment insurance benefits are a first step to boost incomes where this help is most needed. Policy responses also need to account for the fact that many of the most vulnerable have few savings by, for example, instituting moratoriums on student debt, car loan, and credit card payments.

6)     Focusing on the stock market sends the wrong signal

The stock market has gone through massive gyrations over the past few weeks. Investors have oscillated from panic to euphoria and back to panic. President Trump and his advisors have often expressed more concern over what is happening on Wall Street than what is happening to families. Yet most Americans own few or no stocks on Wall Street. The financial market ups and downs have little immediate impact on them. Boosting the stock market will do little to their current and future financial health.

Worse, focusing on stabilizing or even rescuing Wall Street will create massive problems for average Americans. Giving broad tax breaks to corporations that already sat on large amounts of cash is an inefficient use of money. Many of them will survive the downturn without a short-term cash infusion. And many CEOs will feel empowered by the rhetoric on saving the stock market to prioritize profits and shareholders by squeezing workers now and during a recovery. This is exactly what happened after the stock market crash of 2001 and the Great Recession. Congress and the administration need to be ready to avoid a repeat.

Importantly, Congress should provide only targeted and limited relief to businesses and simultaneously ensure that workers benefit from such assistance before shareholders and CEOs do.

7)     The reach of the Fed is limited.

The Federal Reserve has aggressively cut interest rates to zero. Lower interest rates will have little effect on the economy, at least in the short-term. Key interest rates for mortgages and business loans were already low. And, other interest rates such as those for student loans, car loans and credit cards have regularly remained impervious to changes in the federal funds rate, the key monetary policy tool used by the Federal Reserve. Moreover, businesses are not hurting for capital to invest, at least for now. Large corporations already had massive amounts of cash on hand totaling more than $4.7 trillion, which was more than ten percent of total corporate assets, by the end of 2019. Companies had the money to invest, they just decided not to. At this point, the uncertainty over the economic outlook will likely stymie business investment and there is little that low interest rates can do to stop that.

The same is true for would-be home buyers. Worries about their paychecks will overshadow the benefits of lower mortgage payments. And, the Fed’s interest rate cuts will do little for the interest payments on the more than $4 trillion in consumer credit. Lower interest rates from the Federal Reserve are helpful in the current situation by lowering the costs of credit for those who still want to and can borrow, but that effect is likely limited.

The Federal Reserve has also increased liquidity. It has already reintroduced two programs used during the last crisis to ensure that banks and corporations have sufficient liquidity to execute all short-term deals. The Fed will continue to monitor and support credit markets, so that they don’t seize up. These moves help and will continue to make sure that credit market problems don’t exacerbate rapidly deteriorating economic conditions, but it will do little to push economic growth upward.

The ball is now in fiscal policymakers’ court as monetary policy has done as much as it can in this situation. Large fiscal interventions that allow federal, state and local decision makers to address the economic problems where they appear will be necessary. This will allow governments to quickly address the immediate health care challenges but also the quickly escalating economic fallout

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