2 FM quick reads on Elevators
1. Avoiding Elevator Vandalism
Elevator vandalism is a problem no facility manager wants. It's one of the most common, expensive and irritating problems that can happen to an elevator.
The easiest way to prevent vandalism is to make sure the proper materials were used in the cab interior. As many of those components as possible should be easy to replace. When vandalism does occur, damaged items should be replaced quickly to prevent further vandalism. In some buildings, it may be necessary to inspect elevators on a weekly or even daily basis.
Here's one little-known tip to prevent vandalism. Make sure your elevators are operating efficiently. A defective relay or a damaged door track can slow performance. Long wait and travel times can produce frustration that leads to vandalism.
2. Prevent Elevator Overheating
I'm Brandon Lorenz, senior editor for Building Operating Management magazine.
Elevators components aren't particularly prone to overheating. The real problem is the location of the components. Rooftop penthouses get hot. Louvers are supposed to allow ventilation, but draw in dust and hot air.
To prevent overheating, install a dedicated cooling system. By using 100 percent recirculated air, the system can regulate both temperature and humidity levels while keeping dirt and dust out. When installing the system, any existing ventilation louvers, doors and other openings be properly sealed.
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