Many organizations are having a hard time when it comes to the maintenance of the closed circuit surveillance systems (CCTV) during the winter, and this usually has an impact on the performance of the surveillance equipment and its wiring. Proper maintenance can go a long way in ensuring it is working well and it is capturing quality footage. Here are some great tips that will help in maintaining your surveillance system during the winter.
Check the Enclosure of the Video Security Camera
The enclosure is the first layer of protection for your security camera. You need to get a weather-rated enclosure for your security camera if you want to get through winter climate without any problem. Choose an IP66 or high enclosure because it will provide protection from elements such as snow, ice, and sleet. Check the enclosure and see if has any signs of damage including gaps and dents. Open up the camera housing and check for any signs of water, ice, condensation, or dirt that might have built up. If you find anything that has been mentioned, then it is a sign that the enclosure is not providing enough protection and need to do something about it. Throughout the season, make an effort of clearing away any snow or ice that has accumulated on the enclosure.
Clean and Inspect Camera Lenses
It is important to do an inspection of your outdoor and indoor camera lenses during wintertime to ensure they are damage-free and clean. Dirt, dust and other elements like snow and sleet can have an impact on the visibility of the camera lenses. You won’t be able to get a good shot or clear video if the lens is dirty or cracked, even if you are using a high-resolution video surveillance camera. The lenses should be clean if you want to get good quality images.
Install an Extreme Temperature Security Camera
If you live in an area that experiences extremely cold temperatures, consider installing security cameras that have been built to handle the temperatures and the harsh conditions of winter. The best option is a camera that has a built-in heater and extreme temperature operating range because the function will not be interrupted when the temperatures are very low. The heater will help in protecting the electrical components of the camera because it prevents condensation and fogging, and ensures it still works even at freezing temperatures. The camera is able to handle sub-zero temperatures.
Examine the Cabling
You should check if all the cables to your camera are damage free. See if there are any signs of wear and tear or cable fraying. You need to replace them if you see any of these signs. Checking the cabling is also important because it ensures your surveillance camera is receiving power.
Remove Dust from the Surveillance Camera
Check the recorder and see if has any dust. If it has any dust that has accumulated at the top, use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe it off. Another way is using a can of compressed air into the enclosure. It should always be dust-free and clean at all times.