May 22, 2019

How much electricity does a stair lift use?

When working with a client that is choosing a new stair lift, or while doing stair lift installations, one of the most frequently asked questions we receive is how much electricity is it going to take to operate the lift. Since many of our clients are on fixed incomes, they are concerned they may start to see large increases in their monthly electricity bills.

Not to worry. Even with excessive use, a stair lift will probably never add more than $2 per month to your bill. Of course, that depends on a number of different factors, including how much the user(s) weigh, the total length of the trip from top to bottom of the stairs, the steepness of the incline, and whether there are any landings to negotiate, how regularly the lift is used on a day to day basis, and the make and model of the lift, as well as the types of options you have on it.

The minimal amount of electricity use is attributed to the fact that stair lifts run on batteries that recharge themselves only as they are used. Once the batteries are recharged, they turn off the flow of electricity automatically. This eliminates what’s known as “standby” electricity loss sometimes called “vampire” or “phantom” electricity because appliances continue to draw power even when they are not in use.

This also means that your stair lift will still function normally if your home loses power. In fact, a fully charged stair lift battery is capable of completing somewhere around 20 round trips without recharging, again, depending on the factors listed above.

Another question we regularly hear is about the life of the batteries. All batteries are built to withstand a certain number of cycles of recharging and they will wear out eventually. For lifts that get used heavily, battery life is usually between one and three years. For lighter use, the batteries can last up to five years.

Hampton Roads Mobility is ready to serve your stair lift selection, installation and maintenance needs. We can do an annual inspection and preventative maintenance checks of the lift and the batteries to ensure both are in top working condition for years to come.

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