31/03/2012

5 most common stairlift myths solved!

Stairlift Myth No 1: “Stairlifts are fixed to wall and cause damage to my decor”

Stairlifts are fixed to the stairs not the wall2A common myth with the installation of a stairlift is that when fitted in to your home they are fixed and attached to the wall, this however is incorrect and they are actually fixed to the stair treads and not wall. The stairlift is mounted on to the stairlift track which runs the length of the staircase. The stairlift track is fixed to the stair treads by feet usually placed every 2- 3 steps to support and fix the track and stairlift in place. The installation of a stairlift doesn’t actually cause any damage to home what so ever. In fact when a stairlift is no longer needed and you have it removed by a qualified stairlift removal service you won’t even know a stairlift had actually been previously installed.

 

 

 

 

Stairlift Myth No 2: “Stairlifts stop working when a power cut occurs leaving me unable to get off safely”

Stairlifts work even if there is a power cutThe horror stories of people getting stuck half way up the stairs on a stairlift is now history. The vast majority of modern day stairlifts are now D/C battery powered as opposed to the older last generation of stairlifts which where A/C powered.

What’s the difference? Well A/C powered stairlifts receive power directly from the electricity to move the stairlift up and down the staircase. D/C powered stairlifts are powered up and down the stairs by batteries, which are charged from the mains after use.

How does this stop a stairlift from cutting out when a power cut occurs? D/C powered stairlifts are still able to move up and down the stairs when a power cut occurs because when in motion they are only using power from the batteries within the stairlift. In fact they can do up to 20 trips without charge. If a power cut occurred whilst on a A/C powered stairlift then yes the stairlift would stop instantly but thankfully as previously mentioned A/C powered stairlifts are now a thing of the past

N.B: Please be careful when purchasing a stairlift, some stairlift companies do still sell reconditioned A/C powered stairlifts which can be up to 20-30 years old. So do make sure you ask before you buy.

Stairlift Myth No 3: “Stairlifts can start moving on their own”

Stairlift Rack PinonA stairlift can’t be moved anywhere without the user directly controlling it either by the controls on the stairlift arm or by remote control. A stairlift can’t just suddenly slide down a flight of stairs for example. Stairlifts come with many safety features and because they run on a rack and pinion system the stairlift pinion locks in place once the stairlift has stopped moving, which prevents the stairlift moving anywhere until the users next trip.

Stairlift Myth No 4: “Stairlifts won’t stop when an unexpected obstruction occurs”

Stairlift Safety SensorsModern day stairlifts are fitted with many safety features designed to protect the user and non-users within the household.

An obstruction whist travelling along the stairs is unlikely but possible.

Clearly visible obstructions such as a walking stick which has been left on the stairs would usually be removed before getting on to the stairlift. However, unexpected obstructions such as a pet or small child running in front of the stairlift whilst it’s in motion is a major concern to some customers.

For these occasions, modern day stairlifts are fitted with pressure sensitive plates as standard. These pressure sensitive plates are fitted to areas of the stairlift which are most likely to come in to contact with any potential hazard. Once activated, the stairlift will automatically stop enabling the user to safely free the obstruction.

Stairlift Myth No 5: “D/C powered stairlifts – batteries go dead and regularly need replacing”

Stairlift BatteriesD/C powered stairlifts contain 2 x highly durable, heavy duty rechargeable batteries which power the stairlift up and down the staircase. At the end of every trip, these batteries are charged automatically via the mains. If used correctly (stairlift always on charge after every trip), a D/C powered stairlift should never need it’s batteries replacing.

The only time the batteries can go dead is when the stairlift is switched off at the mains (which is not recommended) for a long duration of time (1-2 weeks). This means that the batteries are no longer on charge and they can drop to a very low voltage and in turn can no longer be recharged when the mains is switched back on.

The key to keeping the stairlift batteries in the correct working condition is to always leave the stairlift switched on at the mains as you would with an appliance such as fridge freezer.

 

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