Pneumatic home lifts offer a genuine alternative to the traditional hydraulic systems. They offer space saving functionality coupled with a modern look that make them a popular choice in today's market. The futuristic design makes pneumatic home lifts ideal for staircases and as a statement piece in the hallway of a home.
The cylindrical design of the lift saves space compared with a traditional square/rectangular lift. This means it can fit in gaps where a traditional lift simply cannot. Properties that didn't have the space to previously have a lift can now have one. When space is at a premium, pneumatic home lifts can provide the necessary access to all floors of a home and fit within an architect's layout. More and more homeowners are building another level onto their homes or excavating their basement into useable space. A home lift can make it easy to access this added level(s) or can even be used to transport goods throughout the house.
The lift also comes in its own self-supporting structure which means that the lift doesn't need a supporting wall like a hydraulic powered lift.
How They Work
The pneumatic home lift operates in a similar way to any vacuum turbine engine. It creates a a zone of low pressure above the cabin with the zone below the lift at normal atmospheric pressure. This allows the lift to travel smoothly and safely to the next floor and the release of air pressure through the turbine allows the lift to travel down to the floor(s) below. The vacuum turbine is situated on top of the lift structure and can even be situated up to 10 metres away if the headroom is particularly tight or the roof space cannot be altered. The vacuum turbine is comprised of 5 individual turbines that give the power needed to transport the lift between floors.
Travel, Sizes & Footprints
The pneumatic home lift comes in 3 different models and sizes.
The smallest, the PVE 30, is for single person use. The PVE 30 only needs a 810mm floor/ceiling aperture which gives a cabin diameter of 750mm. The PVE 30 comes with 521mm curved swing landing doors and a rated load of 159kg. This makes it perfect for properties that couldn't previously have a lift but now can be made accessible.
The PVE 37 needs a floor/ceiling aperture of 990mm which gives a cabin diameter of 933mm. The PVE 37 offers a 2 person version of the pneumatic home lift with a rated load of 209kg. This model offers a folded car seat.
The PVE 52, the largest model, needs a floor/ceiling aperture of 1389mm which gives a cabin diameter of 1316mm. This model allows for wheelchair uses and can take up to 3 people with a rated load of 238kg.
Pneumatic home lifts can travel up to 15 metres across 5 floors making it perfect for most homes. This coupled with its small footprint make it ideal for the modern home.
All models operate at a speed of 0.15m/s.
What are they made of?
The pneumatic home lift comes in its own extruded aluminium self-supporting structure with a choice of colours. The lift's structure is finished with clear polycarbonate tubular walls. Tinted and coloured polycarbonate walls are available if you want the lift to match an existing style or glass structure in the house. This can be useful if the lift is viewable from outside the property and you don't want passer-by's to be able to look into the lift. On the other hand the 360º visibility of the lift shaft allows light to pour into the lift. If windows or skylights are situated above the top of the lift, the nature of the shaft allows light to flood through the property. The platform itself is made out of steel and all push buttons are made out of stainless steel.
All models of the pneumatic home lift operate on a single phase 240 volt, 35 amp supply, the same voltage as the rest of your domestic appliances. Unlike traditional platform lifts, the pneumatic lift doesn't need a separate control box with all electrical controls housed in the vacuum pump unit above the lift or in the roof space up to 10 metres away from the lift.
All of these lifts are fitted with emergency stop buttons on the control panel in the lift cabin as well as emergency brakes, triggered within 50mm of descent. All lift doors feature electromechanical locks and in the case of a power cut the lift will automatically descend to the ground floor. The lift also features LED emergency lighting in the case of a power failure.
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