Winterizing Your Outdoor Security Camera

Unfortunately, not every crime occurs indoors. If the primary purpose of your surveillance cameras is to capture crimes that have been committed outside, and you live in a region that experiences a cold winter, you will either need to cover up your surveillance cameras or choose a security camera installation that can withstand winter conditions.

Protecting The Camera From Moisture

Besides cold weather conditions, winter can cause security cameras to become covered with snow and ice. Also, if a camera is cold and is then thawed suddenly, it can experience problems with condensation. While it is always advisable to remove snow from surveillance cameras, you will also want to select cameras that are made out of weatherproof materials. Some cameras are able to be submerged in water for an unlimited period without being damaged.

Batteries Vs. Cords

Batteries are not able to function as effectively in cold weather because they generate energy using heat. Therefore, if you can connect your cameras directly to a power grid, you won't have to worry about your batteries failing. Make sure the cord is stored in a location where it is unlikely to be exposed to ice or moisture that could cause the wire to corrode. If this is impossible, you might be forced to use batteries and change them more often.

Condensation And Visibility

Even if the camera is resistant to moisture, water droplets and ice can interfere with the picture, causing the camera to be less useful at recording a crime. The best solution is to place the camera in a climate-controlled area. For instance, if there is a location that generates heat naturally, such as a heating vent, the camera should be placed in this location. Otherwise, the camera will need to generate its own heat.

Winter Weather And Camera Durability

Cameras that are resistant to vandalism are also resistant to hail and sleet. When moving a camera that has plastic parts, be careful because cold weather can cause plastic to be more likely to fracture. If the temperatures are unusually cold, there are some cameras that come with a heating coil that will protect the camera and prolong the battery life. A heater and blower assembly within the camera is needed for temperatures below zero. If you are unsure of whether a security camera will be able to survive the temperatures you intend to operate them under, contact a security camera installation company for assistance.

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