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What is the Difference Between Purchasing Commercial Grade or Non-Commercial Grade Security Alarm Equipment for Home or Office?

Commercial-grade security alarm equipment and non-commercial-grade equipment differ primarily in many aspects including their design, features, durability, longevity, expandable options, and of course optimum value for their intended usage.

At ESI, Emergency Systems Inc. we are a commercial and residential security alarm company in Jacksonville fl, with over 40 years of experience. As a full-service security alarm company, we handle all types of security alarm products including burglar alarms, motion detection, fire and smoke alarms, keyless entry systems, sprinkler and fire suppression systems, gate opening devices, silent and panic alarms, CCTV and video surveillance, monitoring, and cellular boosting.

Since 1978, we have seen many so-called security companies come and go. Companies supposedly offering similar products and services but, in most cases, it was the products that could not stand the test of time. As manufacturing technology has advanced over the years in many fields: computer, cellular/wireless, electronic, automotive, security, surveillance, etc. these technological advancements have given rise to copycat products that are cheaper, less effective, and unfortunately well-advertised and available.  Unfortunately, when it comes to protecting families, assets, employees, visitors, and vendors, cheaper is never better and the old saying, you get what you paid for could cost you your security.

Below are the stark contrasts between buying, off-the-shelf security products and relying on commercial-grade security alarm products.

Design and Durability: Commercial-grade security alarm equipment is typically designed to withstand more demanding environments and frequent usage than a home or office installation would call for. It often features rugged construction and durable components to ensure reliability over extended periods. Non-commercial grade equipment is designed for residential use in a very limited way and short self-life capacity. Also, it will not have the same level of durability and dependability.

Scalability: Commercial-grade equipment is typically designed to support a longer shelf-life and installations are completed by professional security technicians. These types of products not only accommodate the needs of businesses and organizations with expansive properties but also the simple homeowner who has a security need that needs to be supported by 24/7 monitoring. It may also offer greater scalability in terms of the number of sensors, detectors, and zones that can be integrated into the system. Non-commercial grade equipment is generally designed for smaller-scale applications, such as an individual door, limited video surveillance to warn someone has intruded, or products like non-integrated, battery-operated smoke alarms. These products are relatively ineffective in aiding first responders or preventing/prosecuting criminals involved in thefts that can be seen but not recognized.

Features and Functionality: Commercial-grade security alarm equipment includes advanced features and functionality tailored to meet the specific needs of homeowners and businesses. This may include integration with access control systems, video surveillance systems, and central monitoring stations. At ESI we offer a fully integrated solution for your security needs. Non-commercial grade equipment offers a much more basic feature focused on very limited residential security requirements.

Compliance and Certification: Commercial-grade security alarm equipment may need to adhere to certain industry standards and regulations, such as UL (Underwriters Laboratories) certification, to ensure compliance with commercial building codes and insurance requirements. Most non-commercial grade equipment does not have the same level of certification or compliance.

Monitoring Options: Commercial grade systems offer professional monitoring services, where a central monitoring station is alerted in case of an alarm event. These services typically involve an additional fee but are usually included in the monthly service. Non-commercial grade systems usually rely on self-monitoring by the homeowner or occupants, without professional monitoring services. This is very limited protection especially if the home or small business is vacant or closed.

Price vs. Value: Commercial-grade security alarm equipment tends to be only marginally more expensive than non-commercial-grade equipment. Due to its advanced features, durability, scalability, and compliance with industry standards, these products offer a longer-lasting self-life and have become very affordable. Non-commercial grade equipment, sold in Big Box Stores can be comparable in price because of the handling charges associated with retail sales. Many consider these products to be more affordable and suitable for an individual consumer, but with repairs, replacement, and the lack of monitoring availability, these products all come with a price. Most of these products have limited warranties and unfortunately provide very limited security protection.

Why Choose ESI as Your Security Alarm Provider?

It’s important to note that the specific features and capabilities of security alarm equipment can vary between manufacturers and models, so it’s always advisable to review product specifications and consult with security professionals to determine the most appropriate solution for your security needs. Unfortunately, most home and small business owners do not have the time, resources, and expertise to evaluate the level of security these, non-commercial grade, security alarm products actually provide. This is where ESI can help. We have the knowledge, expertise, and training to offer free consultations on how best to protect your home or office at an affordable cost. We design effective security alarm shields that offer state-of-the-art features that will not only protect but can actually prevent a crime from being committed. Give us a call at 904-388-3975 and experience the difference ESI can make in your security.