Before you have your stairlift fitted, it’s helpful to know how a stairlift works and whether your home meets the basic stairlift electrical requirements. To check your home is stairlift ready, you’ll need to locate appropriate power points at the top and bottom of your stairs.
You may also want to know whether you’ll be faced with any additional costs after installation. Once you’ve purchased your stairlift you won’t have to pay anything extra as standard. But because stairlifts run on electricity you might want to factor this expense into your budget. The only further stairlift related costs you are likely to have will be:
- your electricity bill
- the optional purchase of an extended warranty beyond your free twelve-month warranty
- paying for any repairs, parts, or servicing if your stairlift warranty has expired
Stairlift Electrical Requirements
For your stairlift to work properly, there are three key electrical requirements needed to power it:
- A DC power supply
- Battery charger
If you have electrical power sockets at the top and bottom of your stairs, your stairlift installation can go ahead without delay. If your power points are too far away from your staircase and where your stairlift will be parked, your stairlift engineer can move the socket to a more suitable location before fitting your chair lift.
How Are Stairlift Powered?
Stairlifts run on motors. And these motors are powered by a large battery in the stairlift base. For the battery to power the motor effectively, it must be properly charged. Your stairlift will come with a battery charging point, so your stairlift battery can charge when it’s not in use. The charging point will be plugged into the main electrical supply, and a small current will charge the battery during the day or night.
Stairlift batteries last for years so they don’t need replacing often. If you want to know how to get the best out of your battery, take a look at our stairlift battery care guide.
Do Stairlifts Use a Lot of Electricity?
You’ll be glad to hear that stairlifts are really energy-efficient and do not use a lot of electricity. So, you’re not likely to see a massive change to your electricity bill.
Depending on the type of stairlift you have, it’s will use around 20-35 kWh of electricity a year. That’s about the same amount of energy used by a small TV on standby. Most energy companies charge around 14 pence per 1kWh costing. So this should mean that a stairlift will only cost you between £2.80 and £4.90 a year in electricity.
Take a look at our range of straight stairlifts and curved stair lifts. If you want to find out more about the electrical requirements of a specific model, please don’t hesitate to ask. Give us a call on 0800 644 7766 and our stairlift experts will answer your question. We can also give you a FREE no-obligation quote over the phone, so drop us a line today.