Winter Video Security System Maintenance Tips
Don’t get left out in the cold this winter! If you live in a cold climate - sleet, frost, freezing rain, snow, and extremely cold temperatures can impact the performance of your security cameras - and your video security camera system. Learn how to maintain and protect your video security system during the wintertime (and beyond) with a few simple-to-follow video security system maintenance tips.
1. Check Your Video Security Camera Enclosures
A camera enclosure provides the first layer of protection for your security cameras. A winter climate requires a weather-rated enclosure for your security cameras. An IP66 (or higher) enclosure provides protection from the elements, along with harsh winter weather conditions - including sleet, ice, and snow. Take a good look at your enclosures and security camera housing. Are the enclosures still providing weather protection? Look for any signs of exterior damage, including dents or gaps. Then, open up the camera housing and look for signs of water, condensation, ice, or dirt that may have built up inside of the enclosure. If you find any of the aforementioned elements inside of your camera housing, it’s a clear indicator that the housing is no longer providing optimal protection, and may need to be replaced. You will also want to regularly clear away any snow or ice that accumulates on your camera enclosure - throughout the season.
2. Clean and Inspect Camera Lenses
During the wintertime (and throughout the year), it’s important to inspect your indoor and outdoor camera lenses, to make sure they are clean and damage-free. Elements such as dirt and dust, along with various weather conditions such as sleet and snow can impact the visibility of your security camera lenses. Even if you have a high resolution camera, if the lens is cracked or dirty, you won’t be able to get a good shot or clear video. Make sure your camera lenses are clean and blemish-free to ensure optimal image quality. To clean the camera, you can start by spraying a can of compressed air onto the lens to gently blow any loose dirt or debris off it. If the camera lens has any smudges, you can gently wipe it with a microfiber cloth to remove the smudges.
If any spots remain, you can dampen a small area of the microfiber cloth with a bit of plain water and gently go over the lens again with the damp cloth, and wipe the lens with a dry cloth, or let it air dry.
3. Install an Extreme Temperature Security Camera
If you live in a climate that experiences extremely cold temperatures - you may want to install security cameras that are built to handle the cold temperatures and harsh winter weather conditions.
A security camera with a built-in heater and extreme temperature operating range (sometimes referred to as an extreme temperature security camera), can ensure uninterred operation when the temperatures rise and fall. The built-in heater helps to protect the camera’s electrical components, prevents fogging an