Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators: Elevators of the Future

Primitive elevator designs have existed since 287 BC. Since then, of course, elevators have come a long way. The first shaft-based elevator debuted in New York City in 1857, and the first electric elevator showed up in Germany in 1880. Every few years, the elevator industry sees the efficiency and safety of its products improve through innovation and hard work.

But doesn’t it seem like there should be a new solution by now? With all of our modern technology and knowledge, shouldn’t we be able to build a better elevator? Why are we still relying on a hundred-and-fifty-year-old solution to provide vertical mobility to our homes?

The truth is that the future is already here, and it’s pneumatic vacuum elevators.

A New Way of Doing Things

Thanks to major advancements in technology, it’s now possible to replace the old design for residential elevators with that of a vacuum elevator. Vacuum elevators use clever manipulation of air pressure in the shaft to raise and lower the car, which means there is no pit, no clunky weights and no extra space taken up by heavy machinery.
Here are a few advantages to pneumatic vacuum elevators:

• No pit excavation or hoist way construction needed
• Quick installation, usually one to two days
• Minimal space requirements
• Self-supporting structure
• Perfect panoramic views from the car
• Minimal maintenance – service needed every five years or 15,000 lifts

When you look at the way vacuum elevators change the equation, it’s easy to see that the best solution for a home elevator is easily one of pneumatic design. Without the need for major structural work, a big dig in the middle of your home and other complex procedures, pneumatic vacuum elevators provide a safer, more cost-effective and modern option for the savvy consumer. PVE has over 4,500 home elevators installed and hope you will be next!

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