Naturally, the bigger the oxygen concentrator, and the higher the dosage setting, the more electricity it will use. If you're worried about how much your stationary oxygen concentrator will make your electric bill go up, we will help you figure out exactly how much you'll be using. It actually might not be as bad as you think!
Stationary oxygen concentrators run on AC battery, and don't use batteries or are able to run on DC power. They are normally bigger than portable concentrators and usually operated at home with the ability to move from room to room on the wheels at the bottom.
Stationary oxygen concentrators are useful to those who need more than 3 LPM of continuous flow oxygen. Because they offer so much more oxygen, they are bigger and heavier, and cannot be run on a battery or DC power. They would simply require too much juice for a lithium or car battery to handle.
The good news is, you might be able to get help with paying for your electric bill, since this is a medical cost. Call your electric company and see if you can get on a base payment plan, which will keep your bill low every month and under a certain amount.
Depending on your income, you might be able to get on a lowered electric plan. The extra electricity cost from your stationary oxygen concentrator can also be counted as a tax write off, since it's a medical expense. Either way, you'll need to know exactly how much your concentrator alone will cost in electricity usage, by the month or by the year, and it's really not that hard to figure out.
Wattage Per Stationary Oxygen Concentrator
The small Respironics SimplyFlo maximum wattage is 120.
The EverFlo is 31 lbs, has settings from 0.5 to 5 LPM (0.5 increments), and has a max wattage of 350.
The big and powerful AirSep Intensity 10 can deliver up to 10 LPM, and has an average usage of 590 watts.
How to Figure Out How Much Your Stationary Oxygen Concentrator Will Raise Your Electric Bill
1. There will be a label on your concentrator, telling you the amps and volts. To find out the watts, multiply these two numbers together. If you already know the watts, you can skip this step.
2. Multiply watts by .001, to get the kilowatts.
3. How many hours each day would you be using your concentrator? Multiply this number by 30 to figure out the cost per month, or by 365 to figure out how much it will cost you per year.
4. Multiply the kilowatts by the number of hours, to get the kilowatt hours.
5. Multiply the amount your electric company charges for kilowatts by the hours, and the number you get is how much your concentrator costs in electricity.