Sunday, 17 May 2009

Basic Stair Lift Terminologies

A stair lift is a mobility aid that gives relief to disabled users as well as the aged. It removes away the worries and thoughts about them being safe. The stair lift will give you peace of mind as well as a new sense of independence. The following are some advantages in having a stair lift.

1.The user can now roam almost every corner of the house with much ease and comfort. They get to enjoy the house they love for many years.

2.The stair lift will also make the life of the user and everyone's lives easier because it makes transporting them from one place to another safer and faster.

3.This can be a less expensive option when the staircase becomes the hindrance because having another room on the lower floor can also be more expensive. It is also a big help because sometimes some big furniture or heavier bags need to be moved and stair lifts can do all these work.

4.Even when the elderly can still walk statistics shows that a leading cause of death for the elderly is falling from the stairs. It also lessens the pressure that they experience on their joints.
Before buying a stair lift you need to consider different brands first which will suite your needs and your budget. Reading a product brochure may not be easy for everybody. The following are some of the basic terms you can encounter.

1.FPM - This is an abbreviation for feet per minute. This represents the speed which that lift can travel measured in minutes.

2.Lifting Capacity - This indicates the load or how much weight the lift can carry while going up and going down.

3.Drive System - This is the technology applied and which makes the unit run. Most stair lift manufacturers apply the pinion and rack mechanism.

4.Incline Limit- This represents either the maximum level or the minimum level of an angle in degrees the stair lift can travel.

5.Rail or track - This is where the stair lift runs on while it is in operation.

6.Riser - This is the terminology used for the tool used when measuring the stairs. The riser can represent how many steps from the top area up to the landing portion.

7.Tread - another term for a level or a step on the staircase.

8.Nose - This represents the tip of the step on a stairs.

9.Operator Controls - Device the user or passenger uses to control the unit. It can be made of buttons, pendant controller or a joystick.

10.Send - This is the remote for calling and sending the lift either to the top or on the landing.

11.BOS - This tells the reader that the unit is powered by a battery.

12.Soft Start or Slow Stop - This is the motor that assures the passenger of a smooth start or a smooth landing.

13.Folding Up Dimension- This represents the complete width measurement of the unit when it is folded after usage.

14.Unfolded Dimension - This represents the complete width measurement of the unit when it is being used.

About The Author:
John Grant is a the author for a site about stair lifts where he is writing articles about stair lift installation.