Common Myths About Stairlifts

Have you been considering getting a stairlift? If so, you’ve probably run into a few things that make you wonder if it’s even worth it. There are some pretty rampant misconceptions about stairlifts out there and we’re here to put these myths to rest.

Stairlifts are Expensive to Install

The initial price of a stairlift is high, to be sure, but that doesn’t mean it’s an excessive cost. Over the years, the stairlift prices have dropped. You can also select a basic model and reduce the price by avoiding addons.

Consider that the cost of a stairlift is also for at least 10 years. So if you divide the amount you are paying over a decade, it ends up being quite reasonable.

Stairlifts Are Too Large for Regular Staircases

The stairlift isn’t actually the issue for the staircase, even if it looks like it won’t fit. The user’s knees or toes are the part that will stick out the furthest, so this is more important. Your installer will measure the length from your spine to your knees to ensure there is enough space for you when sitting on the stairlift. If necessary, there may be a chance that you can alter the staircase. However, you will find that most stairlifts work just fine in any given staircase.

Stairlifts Can Break Your Wall

Most people are under the impression that stairlifts are affixed to the wall, but they’re actually not. In fact, they’re attached to your staircase treads. The supports are fixed to the treads and then hold the stairlift rail above this to ensure there is enough space for everything. So your walls have nothing to do with supporting the chair or rails and are not a danger to your home.

Stairlifts Cost Too Much to Run

The early stairlifts did cost a lot to run because they used so much electricity. However, this is no longer an issue. Since they aren’t in constant use, like a refrigerator, the stairlift is actually quite economical. You’ll be surprised at how little it affects your energy bill.

Stairlifts Leave You Stranded if the Power Shuts Off

Originally, these mobility aids were powered entirely on mains electricity, so if there was a power cut, the stairlift stopped working. This could leave people stranded on an upper floor or even in the middle of the staircase. That doesn’t sound very appealing and can be worrisome if you have frequent power cuts.

Fortunately, today’s stairlifts operate on rechargeable batteries. Even if there is a power cut, your chair will still work just fine.

Ready to add your own stairlift, now that you know the truth? Contact Alfix today for a quote.