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How Much Electricity Does an Oxygen Concentrator Use? Find Out In Our Guide

Summit Oxygen is an oxygen supply company specializing in a full range of products and services. In this article, we explain oxygen concentrator power usage to customers.
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If you or a loved one needs oxygen therapy, our oxygen company can offer you the home equipment you need, for sale or for rent. During discussions with potential clients, we identified a common question: “how many watts does an oxygen concentrator use?” We understand your worries about higher electricity bills. However, oxygen concentrators are life-saving medical devices, thus you must use one as prescribed by your doctor.

In this article, we will tell you not only how to calculate the oxygen concentrator power usage, but also how to manage the electricity costs. Over the years, our work with various clients (both individuals and businesses) has allowed us to develop know-how on the way costs related to the use of medical equipment can be mitigated.

Who Needs an Oxygen Concentrator?

Oxygen therapy is not a fad. It is a medical treatment prescribed by a doctor after performing various tests and analyses. Most of our clients who require information on oxygen concentrator power usage were prescribed this treatment for:

  • Asthma
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Treating sleep apnea together with a CPAP machine
  • Pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs)

According to the American Thoracic Society, in order to require a home oxygen concentrator, patients should have: 

  • a resting partial pressure of oxygen (PaO2) of less than 55 mmHg, and 
  • an oxygen saturation level of less than 88%.

These people will usually need long-term oxygen therapy. Thus, it is only natural for them to wonder: how much electricity does an oxygen concentrator use? Will I be able to covet the extra costs? 

Below, we will show you how to calculate the oxygen concentrator power usage, and the various ways in which you may keep your electricity bill under control.

How Many Watts Does an Oxygen Concentrator Use?

If you look at the label of your oxygen concentrator, you will see its electricity use expressed in volts and amps. This is not very helpful, since your electricity bill is calculated for kilowatts used.

However, you can easily transform volts and amps into watts (the subunit of kilowatts) and then calculate your estimated extra electricity costs. Here is what to do:

  • Step 1: multiply the values of volts and amps 
  • Step 2: multiply the result obtained in step 1 by 0.001 to obtain the kilowatt hours value
  • Step 3: calculate your annual usage of the oxygen concentrator; for instance, for 10 hours per day, multiply 10 x 365 
  • Step 4: multiply the result from step 2 with the result obtained in step 3 

The final result is the oxygen concentrator power usage in a year, as per your daily usage time. 

Next, you will have to identify the tariff per kilowatt your electric company charges in your electricity bill. Multiply this amount with the result you got in step 4 and you will know how much you will pay for electricity in one year just for the energy used by the oxygen concentrator.

How to Mitigate the Extra Costs for Oxygen Concentrator Power Usage

If you were thinking about how to reduce the electricity usage of an oxygen concentrator, the answer is that, unfortunately, this is not possible. Just like your TV set or refrigerator, this piece of equipment has a standard electricity usage that cannot be modified.

This does not mean that you cannot do anything to counterbalance the cost of oxygen concentrator power usage. Here are some helpful tips:

Use Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

Modern LED light bulbs are designed to consume less electricity than traditional light bulbs using an incandescent filament. If you use only energy-efficient light bulbs in every lighting appliance in your home, you will reduce the monthly electricity use significantly.

Thus, you will not have to worry: how much electricity does an oxygen concentrator use?

Unplug Any Appliance and Device Not in Use

Did you know that home appliances and devices use electricity when they are plugged in even if you turn them off? Look at your TV set or computer monitor: it has a small pilot light that keeps blinking. This means that the device uses electricity, which will add up to your monthly bill.

Thus, instead of wondering – how many watts does an oxygen concentrator use? – consider how much money you could save by unplugging these devices. It is also a smart choice when you leave home: any surcharge of the wiring could damage these expensive appliances, even if you turned them off.

Ask Your Electric Company about Rebates for Medical Equipment

The majority of electric and gas companies offer individual customers rebates for the use of home medical equipment (the oxygen concentrator qualifies as such). You may obtain a discount on your bill for the amount of oxygen concentrator power usage.

Use the Available Tax Deduction

You are allowed to deduct electricity costs as a medical expense on your annual tax return. However, you will have to discuss with a tax specialist in order to know if you qualify and how to fill in the tax return.

Get Your Oxygen Concentrator from a Specialized Supplier!

Oxygen Summit is an experienced oxygen supply company. Our range of services caters both to individuals and to businesses. We can offer you oxygen equipment for rent and for sale at reasonable prices.

If you are looking for the best equipment you can rely on, visit our offices in Frisco, CO and ask about our offers for the extended service area, covering:

  • Breckenridge
  • Keystone
  • Dillon
  • Copper Mountain

Call us to place your order and inquire about oxygen concentrator power usage at 970-468-0142!