Security Cameras in Florida: Six Tips to Protect Your Surveillance Systems
In Florida, there is much to consider when choosing the right security camera system. There can be extreme weather conditions in the Sunshine State, from rainstorms, thunderstorms, lightning and hurricanes to extreme heat and humidity. The latter leads to heavy use of air conditioners for many—people and businesses alike—which can lead to leaks.
Most security camera owners don’t realize a leak from an AC unit and system, or constant rain can damage a security system. In fact, an Integrator Insights Survey from IMPV cites moisture as a bigger problem than temperature. P&O Global Technologies knows what to keep in mind as well as what to look for when it comes to security cameras in Florida.
Here are six tips from a professional CCTV installer to keep CCTV and alarm systems protected:
Scheduling Routine Maintenance
This first item is usually at the bottom of the list and therefore overlooked. After setup and installation, every video camera security system requires ongoing maintenance to ensure optimal operation. And in Florida, keeping a careful eye on moisture build-up from the constant humidity or rain is essential. P&O Global Technologies creates ongoing maintenance plans that are executed by an expert team of professionals.
Installing Cameras Properly
Storms and fast wind can carry a security camera away. Mounting them securely, so high speed winds, hail, hurricanes, or thunderstorms, ensures these conditions can’t knock them out of place. Consider installing a security camera high and under the overhang of the roof. If a suitable position cannot be found under the structure’s design, then add an awning or shield as an overhead shelter for the equipment.
PRO TIP: Never mount a security camera to a metal surface. This makes the camera more susceptible to lightning damage.
Avoiding Direct Sunlight
Sunlight can also damage security cameras. A mounted camera pointed directly towards the shining sun can damage its image sensor causing it to burn out from UV radiation. In Florida, even sunlight reflected off a car’s windshield for hours a day can cause image sensor damage. Direct sunlight in warmer climates can melt cabling or overheat cameras as well. Keeping track of the sun’s movements throughout the seasons is important as its placement changes.
Checking Water Runoff
One can never be too careful about moisture when it comes to electrical equipment, like security cameras. Part of the ongoing maintenance plan is checking for condensation caused by humidity as well as paying close attention to areas of the building where water runs off during rain. After a few bouts of rain or thunderstorms, a pattern of runoff or flowing water will be revealed—make sure the water isn’t flowing directly into a CTV camera.
Weatherproofing in Florida
It’s important to account for high winds and heavy rain when selecting any outdoor electronics by installing a security camera with a weatherproof rating of IP65 or higher. This means the camera is resistant to “jet streams of water” and heavy rain. Additionally, they are protected from damage caused by persistent high humidity and suitable for most outdoor environments—with or without overhead shelter.
Protecting Against Vandalism
A camera with an IK10 rating is resistant to up to 20 joules of impact or wind damage. The IK rating scale identifies the ability of an enclosure to resist impact energy levels measured in joules (J). This means surveillance cameras rated as IK10 are also protected from vandalism, which can increase during the summer’s higher temperatures.
Pro Tip: Read our blog about burglary rates rising in the summer and tips that everyone concerned about home security should know.
Over time, too much moisture can play a role in the performance of a CCTV system combined with facing these extreme elements. P&O Global Technologies provides maintenance packages that include cleaning the camera lenses for optimal viewing, testing, and checking the connectors for signs of corrosion and adjusting the views of the cameras which can shift over time due to weather and strong winds.
Florida has all sorts of weather conditions and elements—rain, high temperatures, etc.—that protection is needed for outdoor cameras. Contact us today for questions or to schedule regular system maintenance to protect your investment and ensure that you’re getting the best performance out of your security system. Call us at 954-616-0600 or email email@example.com.