Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators

At Nationwide Lifts, we offer a wide variety of commercial and residential elevators for sale, including sleek, futuristic-looking pneumatic vacuum elevators. We’ve made it easy for you to research and purchase a pneumatic vacuum elevator, or PVE: Elevator models of this type are one of our specialties! Find out why the Vision 350, Vision 450, and Vision 550 vacuum elevators earn rave reviews from our customers, then buy one of our quality pneumatic elevators and see for yourself. Request a free catalog for more information about our products, or get a free quote of your vacuum elevator cost to facilitate a smooth ride to the pinnacle of personal lift luxury.

Types of Residential Vacuum Elevators

Vision 350: The Vision 350 pneumatic vacuum elevator will fit just about anywhere in your home. The small 30-inch diameter makes it an easy addition to any home and a very affordable buy compared to other vacuum elevators on the market. This elevator is intended for residential use only and fits one person. It comes standard with tinted polycarbonate panels.

  • Fits well with wrap-around stairs, through a floor, or attaching to a balcony
  • Capacity of 350 pounds
  • Interior size of approximately 20 inches in diameter
  • Travel speed is 30 feet per minute
  • Travels up to four stops and 35 feet

Vision 450: The Vision 450 pneumatic vacuum elevator is the most popular vacuum elevator available for purchase. The size is ideal for one person but will snugly fit a second person. This elevator is intended for residential use.

  • Fits well with wrap-around stairs, through a floor, or attaching to a balcony
  • Capacity of 450 pounds
  • Interior size of these pneumatic vacuum elevators is approximately 32 inches in diameter
  • Travel speed is 30 feet per minute
  • Travels up to four stops and 35 feet

Vision 550: The Vision 550 is the wheelchair-accessible version of a vacuum elevator. These vacuum elevators are ideal for those using assistive devices or who have mobility impairments. A generous weight capacity and interior diameter accommodates large or heavy assistive equipment, like power wheelchairs.

  • Fits well with wrap-around stairs, through a floor, or attaching to a balcony
  • Capacity of 525 pounds
  • Interior size of approximately 43 inches in diameter
  • Travel speed is 30 feet per minute
  • Travels up to four stops and 35 feet

How It Works

How Does a Pneumatic Elevator Work?

Pneumatic vacuum elevators have an airtight seal built into the top of the cab. The shaft of a pneumatic elevator features hidden turbines situated at the top of the hoistway, and the powerful turbines have the important job of removing air from the hoistway to move the cab upward. Removing the air creates a vacuum, which is strong enough to lift the cab up. When it’s time to move the cab back down again, special electronic valves slowly return air to the hoistway in a controlled process, allowing the cab to move downward. These valves have the precision necessary to stop the cab at the exact location desired.

The controls will allow the cab to stop at a middle landing or continue to the top. When the cab arrives at a landing, it travels a few inches above the landing and sets mechanical brakes. The cab then lowers onto the brakes. When the cab is stationary at a landing, it is mechanically set and not relying on air pressure.

While the pneumatic elevator cab is moving up or down, the occupant of the cab enjoys a full 360-degree view of the surroundings outside of the elevator.

Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator Price Concerns: How Much Do They Cost?

Typically, your vacuum elevator cost will be somewhere between $30,000 and $50,000. Air elevator prices can vary greatly based on factors including the specific model of lift you choose and the physical constraints of your space.

Keep in mind that when buying a pneumatic vacuum elevator, price shouldn’t dissuade you, as this can often be the most economical lift option. At Nationwide Lifts, we pride ourselves on making each pneumatic elevator cost as little as possible without sacrificing quality; get a free quote to see for yourself how reasonable your pneumatic elevator price can be!

Why Choose a Pneumatic Elevator?

Pneumatic elevators can be a functional and affordable accessibility solution for residences, and the attractive look of these lifts also draws some people to buy a PVE. Elevator buyers with mobility issues that make climbing stairs difficult often fall in love with a pneumatic elevator, and price doesn’t need to be a stumbling block to owning one: When you get a free quote, you’ll often find that the vacuum elevator cost is less than you think!

Pneumatic Home Elevator Dimensions

If the idea of installing a large, bulky elevator in a home or office sounds like a bad plan, a pneumatic residential elevator might be the right choice for you. Pneumatic elevators provide state-of-the-art technology with a sleek design, enabling you to fit them into virtually any type of space. Imagine a pneumatic elevator made of glass that is small enough to fit anywhere. The smallest glass elevator has an interior cab diameter of about 20 inches. If your space allows, you can also get this elevator in sizes up to 43 inches in diameter. Larger elevators can accommodate two people or even a wheelchair.

Potential Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator Problems

While these lifts are a popular option, there are a few drawbacks to choosing pneumatic elevators for the home that may make you want to opt for a different style instead. The first is that they are very visible, offering limited privacy: A vacuum elevator is not hidden in a wall like a traditional elevator. While we can customize your elevator to match your home, you may not like this highly visible style. The other potential drawback to a PVE is their capacity: They can’t carry as many passengers as some other models can. If you think you’ll need to move multiple people or large objects routinely, this may not be the right type of elevator for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Residential Vacuum Elevators Accommodate a Wheelchair?

Not all of our vacuum elevators can accommodate a wheelchair, but the Vision 550 model can. If you need to transport a wheelchair with your vacuum elevator, choose the Vision 550: It has the largest weight capacity and is a versatile fit with many types of stairs and landings.

What Colors Are the Elevators Available In?

We’re able to customize our elevators to meet your needs practically and aesthetically, so the color options are practically endless! You can choose from many looks, materials, and colors, and we’ll find a way to make your dream elevator a reality.

What Maintenance Is Needed?

Much like a car, an elevator needs regular maintenance, and your pneumatic elevator is no different. You should definitely schedule professional maintenance on your elevator at least once or twice a year. Our technicians are experts who will use professional tools and their vast knowledge base to make sure your machine is running safely.

How Loud Is a Vacuum Elevator?

Most vacuum elevators are around 85 decibels, which is comparable to a vacuum cleaner.

We’re Here to Help

Nationwide Lifts is a leader in the elevator industry with a wide range of innovative products that solve specific needs. To learn more about our models, request our free catalog, which includes all of the specifications and details you might need. Once you narrow down your choices and decide on a pneumatic vacuum elevator, tube elevator cost estimates are easy to get: Just contact us by phone or fill out our online request form to get a free quote on a pneumatic elevator. Cost will no longer be a concern once you learn about our reasonable prices!

And not only are our products easy to afford, but they’re easy to purchase, too: We’ll help you through the entire process of selecting the best solution for your space, whether you need information on a dumbwaiter or a pneumatic elevator, price quotes for a wheelchair lift or for repairs, or advice on which type of elevator would fit well in your home. After you have the elevator installed in your home or business, we are also able to assist with ongoing maintenance to keep the unit running safely and efficiently. Call us today for answers to all of your questions!

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