Maintain Your Video Security System During Winter

Your video security system could benefit from a little extra TLC during the cold winter months. Do you know how to protect your video surveillance system investment when the weather changes? Today on the blog, we offer our top tips.

  • Choose an extreme temperature security camera. Depending on the climate of the region where you live, choosing an extreme weather camera might be worth your investment. These pieces of equipment are specifically designed to endure tough climates and severe temperatures. Some have heaters built into them and operating ranges designed for extremely cold temperatures. These features prevent condensation and fog from affecting the performance of the camera and ensure that it will stay working smoothly even when the temperature dips below freezing.
  • Check your camera’s connectors, power supplies, and cables. You’ll want to take a look at the cables, the power supplies, and the connectors on your camera’s security equipment. If you see any signs of damage, it may be necessary to replace those parts.
  • Dust the video recorder. Check out your DVR / NVR. Clean off any dust or grime from the top with a microfiber cleaning cloth, or with compressed air directed into the enclosure of the recorder.
  • Clean camera lenses thoroughly. It’s important to regularly examine and clean your security camera lenses. If your lenses are muddy or spotty, they won’t be able to provide you with a clear picture. During the winter time, snow can cause visibility problems. For cleaning your lenses, simply spray compressed air from a can and then use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe away spots. You can use a damp cloth for any stubborn spots.
  • Make sure your camera housing and enclosures are in good order. Your camera’s enclosures are vital because they protect your security cameras from the weather and other hazards. If you live in a wintry area, look for an enclosure marked IP66 or higher for good protection. Continue to revisit the housing and enclosures of your camera as the season progresses, to wipe away accumulated snow and ice.
  • Ensure nothing is blocking your camera’s view. Have you checked for natural obstructions or overgrown plants that could be blocking your security cameras? Make sure none of your holiday decorations are in the way!

For more information about how to keep your home or business secure all year round, call ATHOS today!

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