All About Chair Lifts For Stairs
When you or a loved one needs help in getting from the ground floor of your home to the upstairs, chair lifts
for stairs are the ideal option.
But if you're like many people, you have a lot of questions on what type of stair lifts you need and what
your choices are among other things. I know it can quickly become confusing until you have a better idea of what is
what so to speak.
First, you want to determine your specific needs. Do you need just a stairway lift chair, or do you
need a wheelchair stair lift? If the person is unable to get out of the chair on their own, a wheelchair
lift is your best choice.
Next, are you looking to install a permanent chair lift on the stairs or would something portable be the best
route to take? Portable chair lifts work well when it just isn't possible to permanently install a lift for various
Once you have a better idea of the type of stairway lift chair you need, you can then begin looking at the
different types. That said, there are some basics you'll want to keep in mind such as:
Arguably, nothing is more important in purchasing any chair lift than being sure it is safe. If the chair isn't
safe to get up and off of, or isn't easy to have control over, then you should not consider it for your
home. Chair lifts should have an automatic shut down sensor if something is in the path of the chair. It could
be a small child, family pet or another object, but the chair should stop before causing an accident.
Of course, stair lifts should meet or exceed all U.S. Safety Standards. You'll be able to clearly see
labels showing you that. If not, be sure to ask about it. Asking questions regarding safety is important.
How reliable is the stair chair lift? How much maintenance is required each year? How well does it compare to
other makes? These are just a few of the questions you'll want to have the answers to before making any purchase.
You can find all types of review sites online that will provide you with detailed looks at all makes and models of
residential stair lifts.
What Type Of Power Does The Chair Lift Require
An area that is commonly overlooked is also one that is critical. How is the power lift chair actually powered?
Naturally, most will use electric power, but you may want to consider having one that operates on a battery.
This is especially important for when the power goes out and you lose access to the unit. If you live in areas
where power is often lost due to storms or other reasons, a batter backup is crucial. It may cost a bit more but it
is money well spent.
When shopping for a new lift chair, a good warranty is essential. Any good warranty will provide for protection
in all areas; from mechanical to electrical. Basically, you want the peace of mind in knowing that if ANYTHING goes
wrong it will be repaired at no cost to you.
Some of the major brands of chair lifts include those such as Acorn Stair Lift, Bruno Stair Lifts and Stannah
Chair Lifts. Here's a quick video on some different lifts.