One of the things which puts people off the idea of buying a stairlift is the costs involved, but how much does it cost to run a stairlift at home?
Undoubtedly, the majority of the cost with a stairlift will come from the initial purchase and installation. However, beyond this, running costs on modern stairlifts is incredibly low and comparable with that of many small household appliances.
Despite concerns from some new buyers that it will be expensive to run a stairlift, the truth is that it couldn’t be further from the truth.
How Much It Actually Costs To Run A Stairlift
Stairlifts have become much more energy efficient in recent years thanks to the advancement in technology.
It’s the same kind of progress as you will see in the energy consumption and energy efficiency ratings on appliances such as fridges, freezers and dishwashers.
On average, it’s estimated that a stairlift will make 14 journeys per day up and down the stairs.
Most will be powered by modern rechargeable batteries which are known to be energy efficient.
Once they reach full charge, they are also likely to stop consuming power in most cases – modern stairlifts will certainly have that feature built-in.
This helps to further improve the efficiency of the appliance when it comes to running costs.
The truth is, that every year many of the larger white goods in your house will cost around £50 to run.
These are fridges, washing machines, etc. How does your stairlift compare?
Well based on the fact that a modern stairlift needs only around 24 watts per hour to run on, you will likely spend less than £10 per year running your stairlift.
A washing machine on the other hand usually requires something in the region of 700 watts per hour to run.
This is why stairlifts come in so much cheaper.
Seeing these costs written down helps people to make a decision on whether to install a stairlift.
While that initial purchase and installation can be expensive, when you trade that cost off against the improvement to your life, the ability to stay in your own home and the other advantages of installing a home stairlift, it becomes a much more acceptable price.
When you realise that the running costs associated with running a modern stairlift are so negligible, it makes the buying decision even easier.
It’s important not to allow your need for a stairlift to be dominated by talk of costs and finance.
If you want to talk to a professional about your stairlift needs, the costs of purchase and installation, or indeed to answer any other queries you may have, then contact us today.
We have been in the industry for many years and can advise you on what may suit your home, your budget and your physical needs.
You can even book an appointment for one of our experienced team members to visit your home and run through the specifics.