Security systems and video surveillance are both important aspects to consider when it comes to the overall security and protection of your home and business. But what can you do if you are in an area that often sees adverse weather conditions during the winter? You want to ensure that your cameras and equipment continue to work properly when they are mounted outside.
When installing security cameras on the outside of a property, there are several questions that often pop up during the process. For example, how can you keep the insects away from the cameras? How do you keep the cameras from fogging up or getting cloudy? What if there is glare?
Today we will go over a few tips for protecting your security cameras during any kind of winter weather.
When you are in an area that can see extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold, then your security cameras can ultimately suffer as a result of these conditions. The system you choose for your home or business needs to be specifically designed for these weather extremes.
The first thing you want to do is to check the camera housing rating. This is also known as the IP or ingress protection rating. This rating will fill you in on how the security cameras can hold up to extreme weather conditions.
If the security cameras have a rating of 66, then they can withstand rain and dust and can potentially be considered waterproof. You should then check on the working temperature of the surveillance cameras to see what the temperature and humidity range for the cameras is.
If it gets rainy in your area during the winter, you want to make sure you protect the cameras. To do this, you can use conduits or a junction box. This helps to conceal any holes there may be as well. It prevents moisture from coming into contact with the cables. You can also use waterproof outdoor covers or brushings as well.
Eliminate Fogging and Condensation
When security cameras are installed outside, they are typically sealed up during assembly which helps reduce the amount of moisture that is able to get inside of the unit. However, many have noticed that their dome cameras mounted outdoors have been fogging up at night due to condensation inside of the camera housing.
This kind of problem with fogging usually happens at night or in the early morning hours and it often resolves itself. However, sometimes you will find that the fogginess just won't go away. To prevent this, you can place a packet of silica gel inside the housing case for your security cameras to help with the moisture.
You should also inspect the cameras to see if there is an issue with the seal because this is really one of the only reasons you will be met with this type of problem with your security cameras in the winter or any other time of the year.
If you are unsure if your cameras are meant for outdoor installation or you want to make sure you purchase the right system for your needs, then contact Supercircuits today for more information.