Introduction to Portable Loop Maintenance Costs Vs Fixed Systems
When considering the costs of portable loop maintenance versus fixed systems, like when assessing a new addition to a business – whether it’s a vehicle, computer equipment or a portable hearing loop system – you won’t restrict the cost-benefit analysis of your investment to the up-front cost along, you’ll also think about ongoing maintenance and repair costs.
With a fixed hearing loop system, this is a very valid concern.
Changing or adding to the system will mean a fairly hefty expenditure.
Maintenance of a hearing loop system can also vary, with fixed loop systems requiring a much greater regular investment than a portable one.
In terms of maintenance costs for a portable hearing loop system, you can expect minimal expenditure and maximum uptime, which is good for everyone.
Fixed System Maintenance Costs
If a fixed hearing loop system is in place, maintenance is not an easy or cheap affair.
Because the system is fully part of the room – including extensive cabling – maintenance of a fixed system is a dedicated, specialist and costly affair.
Part of the expense of maintaining a fixed hearing loop derives from the fact that a technician will have to travel to the business and, if it’s far enough away, stay overnight and spend a full day on site conducting maintenance checks.
The more rooms you have with a fixed system that require maintenance, the longer and more expensive the job will be.
In the case of dedicated, closed loop areas, maintenance is even more complex as it involves checking extensive cabling work that sits in a specific, honeycomb configuration. In terms of outlay, maintenance for three rooms with a fixed system will cost about £640 and involve a full day of maintenance on-site.
This means rooms will be out of action for the duration and there will be a disruption to your business’s day-to-day activity.
Overall, maintenance of a fixed hearing loop system is a costly undertaking in terms of both money and time, with the process repeated at regular intervals and far more intensive than a portable loop maintenance requirement.
Portable Loop Maintenance Costs
While maintenance of a fixed hearing loop system is costly and time-consuming, a portable hearing loop system offers the exact opposite experience.
In terms of its install, a portable hearing loop system is quick and easy to get in place and up and running.
This theme carries over to the maintenance regime of the system.
One of the main issues you have to worry about in terms of maintenance is whether or not the components that make up the system are fully charged.
This takes two to three hours and is likely to be the only aspect of upkeep that you need concern yourself with when considering portable loop maintenance. If you do want or require a professional maintenance service, the costs are negligible – especially when compared with those of a fixed hearing loop system.
A maintenance check on a portable system will cost around £50, significantly lower than its fixed counterpart.
At the same time, maintenance checks for a portable hearing loop system are very quick, non-invasive and non-disruptive to your daily operations.
So this means a fit-for-purpose hearing loop system that is quick and easy to install, cheap to maintain and, if taken care of, can remain in place for up to five years without any issues.
Do it Yourself
One of the major benefits of a plug and play portable hearing loop system versus a fixed loop is that it allows you to conduct your own maintenance.
This is simply not possible with a fixed hearing loop system.
To do it yourself, you’ll need to purchase a loop listener for around £55 to assess the quality of your set up and adjust it as needed.
This ease of use and upkeep is made possible by the fact that a portable hearing loop system is modular and totally accessible.
If something isn’t working as it should, chances are that a battery has simply run down.
And if you really do need to bring in a professional, the costs are low and the process quick. Contrast this with a fixed loop system, and it’s impossible to know where to start.
Much of the system is either inaccessible or it’s not advised to attempt to maintain it yourself.
What this means is a hearing loop system that costs you in terms of time, money and disruption during install and continues to do so throughout its lifetime.
If something goes wrong with a fixed system, you have no other option than to call for a maintenance technician and prepare for disruption and expense.
The key when assessing whether you want a fixed hearing loop system, or a portable option, is ongoing costs.
It can be easy to focus on buy price and see that as the ultimate indicator of which system to choose, but this is a false saving.
The ongoing maintenance costs of a portable hearing loop system are far less than a fixed system, and you get a flexible option that fits with your needs – whatever they are.
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