If you own or manage a business, you most likely need a monitored fire alarm system to comply with national and local fire codes.
But how much will this monitoring service cost your business every month?
Well, the price varies depending on certain factors. For example, commercial fire alarm monitoring costs anywhere from $45 to $65 per month.
The price you’ll end up paying for your business’ fire alarm monitoring all depends on:
- The type of monitoring you choose
- Whether routine inspections are included
To help you budget for your commercial monitoring fees, we’ll explain the 2 cost factors listed above.
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Cost factors for commercial fire alarm monitoring
Cost factor #1: Type of monitoring
Businesses can choose from 4 main types of monitoring, including:
- Phone lines (analog or landline)
- Internet monitoring
- Cell radio monitoring
- AES radio
The most traditional method for alarm monitoring is via a phone line. This option is typically the most expensive because it requires paying for two phone lines, which can cost an additional $50 to $150 per month, added on top of your monitoring fees. Plus, if you use VOIP phone service, you’ll most likely need to add UPS back-up units to your phone system that are large and expensive.
Internet monitoring is a more affordable monitoring method for businesses because it doesn’t require the additional costs of 2 phone lines.
Be aware, though, national code requires at least 24 hours of backup power available in the event of a power failure, which often requires Internet equipment upgrades at an additional cost.
Cellular monitoring is considered one of the more secure monitoring methods. Even though cellular monitoring is cheaper than phone line monitoring, it’s typically more expensive than Internet monitoring.
AES radio monitoring
AES radio monitoring is considered the most reliable type of fire alarm monitoring for businesses. The upfront cost (for the radio itself) is higher than the cost of a cell radio or Internet communicator but the savings in monthly monitoring quickly pays back the upfront price of the radio.
Cost factor #2: Whether annual inspections are included
If your monitoring company rolls routine inspections into your monthly monitoring costs, you’ll typically see a slightly higher monthly rate.
The higher rate will cover the cost of labor for these inspections.
Depending on your local codes, yearly inspections are required to avoid fines and keep your system code-compliant. Only certain companies are licensed to perform inspections of your commercial fire alarm system. If your security company is licensed to perform inspections, it likely means that they have a well-trained, expert staff you can trust.
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At Richmond Alarm, we offer fire alarm system design, installation and monitoring for businesses of all sizes and types.
Our monitoring services are triple-certified (UL listed, 5 Diamond Certified and IQ certified) for a higher quality of protection for your business. Richmond Alarm Company has been protecting Virginians since 1947 with offices in Richmond, Hampton Roads and Lynchburg.
Plus, at RAC you aren’t a number you’re a neighbor. That means, we’re always ready and willing to help—whether you’re a current customer of ours or not. Whether you have questions about your business’ existing fire alarm system and monitoring or you need a new fire alarm system installed and monitored, we can help.