Vacuum Elevator FAQ

Why choose a Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator for your home?

These elevators take up less space, consume less energy and require very little maintenance. There are no messy oils or lubricants to deal with, making them extremely environmentally friendly.

Using pneumatic technology, the self supporting elevators have a clear panoramic view offering homeowners an eco-friendly and aesthetically pleasing solution for any retrofit or new construction project. Manufactured in the United States, vacuum elevators can travel up to 5 stops or 50 feet and are typically installed within 2 to 3 days. They are the worlds only air driven home elevator.

What is a vacuum elevator?

Utilizing the most abundant resource in the world, vacuum elevators are powered by AIR. Using this pressure, the principle of operation is based on the upward push generated by the difference between atmospheric pressure on the top verses the bottom of the elevator cab. The vacuum required to lift the cab is managed by turbines operating as exhaust fans located at the top of the elevator or anywhere up to 30 feet away. The descent is achieved by gravity, slowly allowing air back into the system at a controlled pace so the cab can smoothly lower to the next level.

For over 20 years vacuum elevators have developed a reputation as being a safe, reliable and aesthetically pleasing means for residential vertical transportation.

Are pneumatic vacuum elevators noisy?

All elevators generate sound while in use. PVE offers equipment options that are as quiet, if not quieter than other elevators. Some Options include the sound reduced head and insulated control box or the split system where turbines and controllers are located in an attic, thus reducing noise. View the machinery video online to see and hear each upgrade available.

Are vacuum elevators safe?

Certified by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in all 50 states and 90 countries globally under the European Machinery Directive with over 20 years experience in the market, these elevators meet the strictest of codes.

In the event of a power failure gravity slowly brings the cab down, the door automatically unlocks allowing the passenger(s) to exit. All models are equipped with a mechanical car locking system on each floor and have a full set of type ‘A’ safety brakes, thus meeting the most stringent requirements in the industry. These fully certified home elevators are equipped with a telephone inside, as per elevator code. All PVE elevators are individually factory tested prior to shipping, ensuring they meet the highest quality standards.

Are PVE elevators made out of glass?

No. Polycarbonate panels are much lighter and stronger than traditional glass while still offering 360° panoramic views. The impact resistance of polycarbonate is approximately 200 times stronger than glass. Each individual panel can be replaced if damaged or scratched.

How much space is required?

These self supporting home elevators require the least amount of space. Compared to a traditional elevator, there’s no pit or hoistway. Requirements vary depending on size with 3 models to choose from. The 30”, 37” and 52” diameter elevators can be installed through floor or balcony mounted. Call a PVE sales representative for further information and pre-construction requirements.

Are they wheelchair friendly?

The PVE52 model is wheelchair accessible. It has a weight capacity of 550 pounds and can accommodate up to three people or two people plus a wheelchair. There are added options such as automatic door openers, voice activated command and remote controls.

How much does a Home Elevator cost?

Each home elevator is custom built for your specific project. The size of elevator, number of stops, total floor to floor heights, upgrades, shipping and complexity of installation are all factors affecting cost. A site visit from one of our local sales representatives is required to properly assess your situation and give you an accurate quotation.

Will my house accommodate an elevator?

There is no need for a shaft, pit or machine room. Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators rest on the existing ground floor, offering more flexibility. These elevators can be installed almost anywhere inside your home providing you have a minimum floor to floor height of 96” and a 220 V circuit. Some homes require pre-construction. This will vary from installation to installation. Due to its self supporting design they are transportable allowing the elevator to be disassembled and reinstalled in another residence if required.

How much electricity do they require?

Vacuum elevators plug into a 220V, 30 or 40 amp single phase electrical outlet.

Electricity is used only while the elevator is ascending. During the descent, gravity is used with no electrical consumption.

Based on an analysis of 15 trips per day and the estimated average U.S. electricity cost of 13 cents per kwh, the 37 inch model produces an estimated yearly energy cost of $28.21 or 217 kwh, making Vacuum Elevators the most eco-friendly elevators in the world.

Where are pneumatic vacuum elevators manufactured?

PVE’s Global headquarters are based in Miami, Florida, USA where the strictest production and safety standards are met, offering fully certified and reliable home elevators throughout the world.

How long does it take to install?

The elevator typically takes 2-3 days to install. The pre-construction may vary but generally take one week to complete.