Surveillance cameras placed outdoors are vulnerable to moisture. Humid weather, whether hot or cold, can cause your CCTV camera to become corroded and damaged. The cameras must be installed outside with a covering to make sure that the moisture doesn't come in contact with the wiring. Also, the metal components of the camera will corrode over time. To protect your camera, you will need to make sure that it is protected by a weatherproof casing and protected in several other ways.
Using The Right Casing
One of the most common casings is a dome that is made out of an aluminum alloy. Aluminum is resistant to corrosion and also offers more flexibility to allow for the casing to be designed in whichever manner suits the required application. Effective casings are able to protect the camera while still offering the freedom to allow the camera to rotate freely and to tilt in order to obtain the right shot. In addition to protecting the cameras from moisture, getting a weatherproof casing will protect the camera from vandalism and other forms of damage.
Keeping Cameras Heated To Remove Ice And Snow
Cameras are very vulnerable to ice and snow. When the moisture around the outdoor camera drops below freezing, moisture can form on the lens, which can lead to the camera not providing enough visibility. If you have a powered moving camera, these components can become frozen and this can prevent the camera from moving. The camera may need to be heated to be functional. Heated cameras come with sensors and heating elements. The sensors detect the change in temperature and will activate heating elements to make sure that the camera is warm enough. This technology is more expensive than a traditional camera, but is essential if you want to make sure that your cameras are always functional and so you do not have to spend money to have them replaced.
Protecting The Camera Further By Placing It Under Shelter
Outdoor cameras are much more resistant to damage than other types, but it is still important that you try to place the camera in a sheltered location. While weather-resistant cameras are more durable, they are not weatherproof. The best housing can be slowly worn down after prolonged exposure to moisture. The camera could be placed under a shelter constructed specifically for protecting the camera. Also, if the camera can be placed under a canopy or anything else that may reduce its contact with water, this would help protect the camera.
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