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Common Stairlift Misconceptions

Investing in a stairlift is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. However, there is a lot of misinformation that may influence your decision, so we’re here to set the record straight. To discover the most common stairlift misconceptions and why you should consider purchasing one, keep reading.

Will My Stairlift Be Useless During A Power Outage?

This concern is more relevant with older stairlift models. However, newer models have evolved with the times and are powered by batteries (DC). This means your stairlift won’t be directly connected to your mains, so in the event of a power outage, you can safely continue using your stairlift. The batteries will need periodically charged through your outlets, but that’s the only time it’ll come into contact with your energy mains. Provided you keep your stairlift charged, you’ll never have to worry during a blackout.

Will A Stairlift Damage My Wall?

Another common misconception is that stairlifts cause irreparable structural damage to your home. Many people believe construction works are required to install a stairlift, but this isn’t the case. Stairlifts are fitted to your staircase, so no invasive work is required. Minor adjustments to your stair treads may be needed to ensure seamless functionality, but otherwise you won’t have to worry about damage to your property. Once the appropriate measurements have been taken, installation is a hassle-free process that doesn’t take long.

Stairlifts Take Up A Lot Of Space

In most cases, this isn’t true. Before your stairlift is installed, thorough checks will be conducted and measurements will be taken to make the most efficient use of the space. If you live with others or have a large family, this will be taken into account when deciding on a mobility stairlift. We’ll consider the style of your stairs, physical requirements and concerns over stairway access. As a rule of thumb, your staircase will never be completely obstructed. The chair itself won’t take up a lot of space, whether on the stairs or resting at the bottom of the track.

The Stairlift Won't Stop If There's An Obstruction

This is dangerous misinformation that may deter people from purchasing a stairlift that could improve their quality of life. Many people keep their staircase clear for general health and safety reasons, so most obstacles can be safely removed before using the lift. However, if you live with children or pets, it’s more difficult to predict sudden obstructions. Modern machines are equipped with safety features that stop the stairlift immediately if anything comes into contact with the sensors. That way, you don’t have to worry about unanticipated hurdles or interruptions. Stairlifts are built to prioritise your safety above all else.


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If we’ve managed to change your mind, get in touch with us today for information on our range of stair and home lifts. We boast an impressive range of accredited manufacturers that supply straight, curved and outdoor stairlifts. Regardless of your personal circumstances, we’re guaranteed to have a machine that will accommodate your needs. We look forward to your call.

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