HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE DESKS, HOW MUCH ELECTRICITY DO THEY USE?
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HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE DESKS, HOW MUCH ELECTRICITY DO THEY USE?

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HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE DESKS, HOW MUCH ELECTRICITY DO THEY USE?

 

There are many reasons in favour of buying a height adjustable desk including the benefits to your personal health & posture plus efficiency in your work but what about the need for electricity to power your desk? This may raise a number of questions in your mind when making the decision as to which one to buy. We look at the questions below to help you make a well-informed choice:

 

DO THEY USE MUCH ELECTRICITY?

Thankfully there really is no need to worry yourself about this question. Even our most powerful twin motor Dynamisk 2 desks when under full load, will only use a maximum of 300 watts and this is only for the few seconds that it takes to raise or lower the desk to the ideal height for you. If we base our figures on a unit (kw/h) of electricity costing 20 pence (this is an realistic estimate even at this time with energy prices soaring) -then to take the desk from a normal sitting height of 720mm up to a 1200mm standing height takes only 14 seconds and you would need to do this 42 times for it to cost you 1 pence!

 

DO I NEED A SPECIAL POWER SUPPLY FOR MY DESK?

Not at all, just a standard socket is required, exactly the same as you would use for a PC, Laptop, Printer, Hair dryer, phone charger etc.

 

SHOULD I UNPLUG IT EACH TIME AFTER USE TO SAVE MONEY?

No this is definitely not necessary. All our height adjustable desks have a standby mode meaning they are ready to react immediately whenever you press the Up/Down button. This mode only uses 0.2 watts of electricity, this means it costs you less than 3 pence per month. This is between 30-36 pence per year to have your desk ready to spring into action the moment you need to change your position to maximise your output and give your body the change of position it needs to keep moving, increase productivity, burn calories and improve your posture.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE GET A POWER CUT? WILL THE DESK DROP IN HEIGHT?

No, absolutely not! Our height adjustable desks will not move up or down one millimetre without the button pressed and the motor running- so if you experience a power cut, the only thing that may be slightly annoying is that the desk will stay in that position until the power is resumed. This very small inconvenience is not to be compared to the many benefits and advantages of being able to adjust the desk at the press of a button at any time. Of course, if you live in an area where power cuts are a regular daily occurrence, maybe it would be sensible to consider a manual height adjustable desk for your situation.

If you do experience a power cut and find that your desk won’t respond to the Up/Down buttons when the power comes back on, there is a very simple reset procedure which will only take seconds to follow through and can be found on our website How to reset your desk with written instructions and a video to follow.

 

HOW MANY TIMES CAN I ADJUST IT UP AND DOWN? I HAVE HEARD IT MAY OVERHEAT AND LET ME DOWN.

All our sit-stand desks have a built-in duty cycle function to make it impossible for the motors to overheat. Even if you were showing off in front of an audience, you would have to run the motors continuously for 120 seconds (equivalent to 8 times from sitting down to full standing position without stopping once) before the overload protector cuts in to protect the electronics from overuse. Naturally this would never happen in real life situations as typically desks are adjusted between sitting and standing positions approximately once every 30 minutes or longer.

 

ARE THE MOTORS NOISY?

At 42 decibels when in full use, our desks are actually incredibly quiet. According to the American Academy of Audiology, 40 decibels is the equivalent to a “Quiet Library” or a “Whisper”. This is only one band up from “Leaves rustling” so you are certainly not going to be charged with creating a Noise Nuisance!

 

We hope this article has been clear and informative and has helped you make the right choice for your situation. If you have any further questions about any aspects of height adjustable desks, please look at our website or reach out to one of our helpful advisors for more advice 01743 816199.


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