Stair lifts are great for any home and are a necessary aid for anyone with mobility problems. Choosing the right one can seem like a daunting task. In some of my other articles you can find help in selecting the best one to suit your needs and your budget.
A lift can make a really great addition to your house. There is often confusion due to the size and what the lift does that it takes up a lot of power. Some use a AC power motor highly regarded for their low power consumption.
How Much Do They Cost To Run
A lift has very low running costs due to the rechargeable battery that comes as standard. The rechargeable battery means that the lift is not constantly using power when not in use, but “tops up” the battery when needed from special plates on the rail when parked.
This means that the lift just takes as much power as it needs. When customers ask for a typical power calculation for using stair lifts I base this around seven return journeys a day. This amount of journey is an average for two people making two trips each on the lift a day.
Seven return journeys a day is more than average for stair lift use.
This amount of journeys adds up to less than it costs to run a low energy light bulb. The other benefit of having DC power is that it operates at a much lower voltage. DC voltage is safer at 12 volts than 24 volts. So if anything goes wrong with the lift the risks reduced.
Other Costs Involved
Often I give clients advice to consider a service contract when purchasing a lift. It's best to consider one at the time of installation to avoid any unnecessary bills. Alternatively they're added later. Stair lifts are generally reliable but a service contract can save a lot of hassle in the long run.
The benefits of service contracts
- Competitive monthly fees
- No scares or surprises of large repair bills
- Piece of mind
- Most have guaranteed call out times
Not all service contracts are the same it's important to compare before you buy. The cheapest contract may not always be the best. When it comes to service contracts shop around and speak to your existing provider plus other providers. Make sure you ask all the right questions so in the future you will get the best out of your stair lift for many years to come.