Are you wondering whether you should install a traditional cable elevator or a contemporary vacuum elevator? Read on and discover some of the pros and cons of vacuum elevators. Use this information to make an informed decision about your choice of elevator.

The Pros

They can be installed quickly. Vacuum elevators use differences in air pressure to move down or up a building. Such elevators can be installed in a very short time because they do not need a machine room where a complex operating system is set up. Installers do not have to dig tunnels through the walls; the vacuum elevator can be installed to run along the balcony of the building. Consequently, the lift will be ready for use in a shorter time than it would take to install a traditional elevator.

They use less energy. Vacuum elevators do not use energy as they move down a building. The elevator uses the force of gravity to take it on its downward journey from a higher floor of a building. The energy savings made on such trips can add up over time.

They are safer. Traditional elevators pose safety risks because they stop mid-trip and remain locked if there is a power outage. Passengers can remain trapped in that elevator until people outside the elevator rescue them. This vulnerability can have fatal consequences if people are trapped in the lift during emergencies, such as fire outbreaks. Vacuum lifts are less risky because they automatically descend to the lowest floor of the building before opening to let passengers out. The only weakness with this built-in descent is if passengers are taken to the lowest floor and yet a fire is raging on that floor.

The Cons

They offer limited privacy. Unlike traditional elevators that are hidden within walls, vacuum elevators are in plain sight. This visibility may make vacuum elevators unsuitable for transporting individuals, such as VIP hotel guests, who need to enter and leave a building discreetly.

Their load-bearing capacity is limited. Vacuum elevators are usually much smaller than traditional elevators. That limited size is partially why they occupy less space in a building. However, that limited size affects how much they can carry. For example, some vacuum elevators may not have enough space to transport someone in a wheelchair.

Weigh the pros and cons above before you decide to install a vacuum elevator in your building. You can consult an elevator installation professional for help on how to choose the right vacuum elevator so that your needs are met.

For more information, contact Forte Lift Services or a similar company.