Advantages of Vacuum Elevators

The challenge in introducing any new technology is always convincing people as to why it’s better than the old. With residential elevators, an existing technology has long been the standard method for solving the problem of vertical mobility. People have an idea of what an elevator does, what it is supposed to look like, and how it is supposed to function.

PVE’s residential elevators are different in every way from traditional designs. This leads many consumers to question what exactly they do differently, and why a vacuum elevator is a better solution for the home than a traditional weights-and-pulleys lift.

Here is a quick look at some of the clear advantages vacuum residential elevators have over their older cousins:

  • No need for excavation, a pit, machine room, or hoist. Vacuum elevators run entirely on self-contained mechanics.
  • Quick installation and a small footprint. Our smallest elevator requires only 30 inches in diameter space.
  • Total safety. In the event of a power outage, the lift floats softly to the ground on a cushion of air and automatically opens the lower door.
  • Self-supporting. Our elevators can rest on any existing ground floor and require no additional support.
  • Eco-friendly. Vacuum elevators use minimal electricity on the ascent and none on the descent. It’s all about gravity.
  • Low maintenance. Our lifts need their main seal replaced once every five years or 15,000 lifts. That’s all.
  • Smooth, quiet operation. Installing a vacuum elevator is the least intrusive method of handling a vertical mobility issue in your home.


  • I thoroughly enjoy riding in my PVE elevator as its extremely comfortable… I would unhesitatingly, recommend it to people who are confined to a wheelchair like myself, to me it's that good and reliable!


  • My house was built in 1925 and it was hard to get something to fit in with the décor of my home, but the PVE fit in perfectly. I am thrilled with the design, engineering, and reliability of the vacuum elevator.



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