A treadmill is a big investment, but your spending is not over once you purchase the machine. Instead, you must also consider the cost of repairs and maintenance. One of the highest costs you will be bearing is the cost of running a treadmill, especially if you have an electrical treadmill. In this article, we are telling you how much amps of power a treadmill will use in order to function properly.
How Many Amps Does A Treadmill Use?
Generally, treadmills need a 12 to 20 amp with an isolated ground/neutral to cater to the requirement of the power. This implies that the outlet that you have used to plug in the treadmill should not connect any other device running on it. Although you can very commonly see treadmills at home as workout equipment, the machine consumes a lot of power.
20-amp receptacles feature a horizontal slot coming off from vertical slots. It is protected with a 20-amp fuse or breaker, which is branched off by a 10-gauge wire or 12-gauge wire. Moreover, a 15-amp circuit is added by 14-gauge wire, which also encloses a 15-amp circuit fuse or breaker.
How to Calculate the Watt Of Treadmill?
The power consumed by the treadmill depends on the overall capacity of the motor. Every treadmill comes with its unique motor capacity as well as power consumption. But there is the only formula to calculate the power consumption for the treadmill. On the treadmill, you will find a label that offers details of watts usage.
For example, if the treadmill label mentions 15 amps and 120 V, this indicates a certain level of consumption. This implies that the treadmill consumes 18000 watts or 1.8 kilowatts (120)(15). So if you run on this treadmill for an hour, then the machine would consume approximately 1.8 kilowatts per hour. So if 1KWh costs around 15 cents and you run on it for one hour, then the overall cost would come around 24 cents.
On the other hand, is the treadmill is rated in terms of horsepower, then you can cover the watt into horsepower using formula:
One horsepower = 745.6998/ the watts by 1000 to convert into kilowatts
What Are The Factors That Influence The Power Consumption Of The Treadmill?
Following are the factors that impact the power consumption of the treadmill:
- Time spent On It: The more important factor that adds to the power consumption on the treadmill is the time you spend on it. The more time you spend on the treadmill, the more power will be consumed.
- Weight: Generally, the heavier an individual, the more electricity a person will need to power the treadmill. This is because if the person is heavier, the machine will need more to move the belt. So the weight of an individual can have a significant impact on the power consumption of the treadmill.
- Speed: The next factor that you need to consider is how fast you are moving on the treadmill. If you are simply walking on the machine, then you will need less energy as opposed to when you are sprinting fastly for thirty minutes. This measurement is trickier as people tend to change their speed throughout their sessions.
How To Use a Treadmill Safely?
Here are some tips that will help you use your treadmill safely:
- Always Wear Shoes
Heat and friction are generated when the treadmill belt is moving, and your feet must be protected from these components. If you go barefoot on the treadmill, you may be risking scrapes, burns, and blisters. So before jumping on the treadmill, you should be wearing proper shoes as they will help in absorbing the shock from movement and stress on the joints. Additionally, feet can easily get a cough when the moving belt connects with the machine. And this can result in serious injuries if not careful. Moreover, if you are using a treadmill at the gym, then wearing shoes is important as it can be unsanitary.
- Straddle Your Deck Before Starting
It is easier to just jump on the treadmill and start the treadmill at your desired pace. Before you start your workout, it is important to first straddle the deck prior to powering the machine. A majority of the machine starts slowly, irrespective of the setting that you have used at last. At times, this safety feature can malfunction and result in injury. Even if your aim is to sprint, you should place your feet on the belt and then start the machine. This way, the abrupt high speed of the machine will not shock you.
- Don’t Depend Too Much On The Handrails
If you are just starting out then, it is okay to use the handrail to get comfortable with the movement of the machine. However, using the handrail for a longer time period can put too much stress on the elbows and shoulders. Moreover, it also indicates that you have set incline or speed at excessively high speed and should adjust the same to reach a comfortable level. Using handrails can also impact the balance and increase the risk of injuries in the leg or foot. Additionally, using a handrail too much impacts the intensity of the workout; therefore, you will be burning lesser calories.
- Don’t Push Too Much
While it is great to challenge yourself, pushing yourself too hard will only be problematic. You should know your limits when exercising. It is always a good idea to start slow and gradually increase your pace. This will help you understand your body’s capabilities and achieve your fitness goal in a more effective manner. If you start your workout with too much intensity, you will be putting your body through excessive pressure and risking injuries.
Can A Treadmill Be Plugged Into A Power Strip?
A high-quality power surge strip is capable of protecting the electrical elements in the machine from transient voltage fluctuations. This is quite the same as the power strip protecting your TV or computer. But the power requirement of the treadmill can differ significantly depending on different factors, including type, model, age, speed and size of the treadmill. This can cause the power protector to fluctuate and cut the power supply to the machine in between the use.
Subsequently, the machine can stop when you are using it, thereby increasing the risk of injuries. Moreover, the power strip can also lead to messaging error being transmitted to the electronic board when actually there is nothing wrong with the machine. Therefore, it is better to avoid the use of a power surge protector. Instead, you can unplug the power cord from the outlet after use.
Can A Treadmill Get Wet?
The buttons, electric circuit, and other elements of the treadmill are not water-proof. But the answer to this question depends on the kind of wet we are talking about and whether or not the machine is capable of handling it.
- Sweating is inevitable when you run on the treadmill. And treadmills can easily deal with the sweat from your workout. A cover protects the motor, a coating layer prevents the steel from rust, and plastic prevents the console. Although treadmills are capable of bearing sweat, you must wipe the entire machine after every use.
- Spillage is where you should start worrying about damages. But the risk depends on how much you have spilled and where you have spilled it. In case you have spilled anything on the treadmill, make sure you stop the machine immediately so that the liquid does not reach the motor. Thereafter, unplug it from the outlet, using a towel, soak up the excess liquid, and do not use the treadmill overnight. Once the treadmill is properly dried, then power the treadmill for a few minutes at a slow speed.