Winter Home Watch: Can snow and cold affect video surveillance?
Anyone who has video surveillance as a part of their home security system will tell you how much they rely on it to ensure their safety and to reduce needless worrying about their family, home and property.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but when it comes to home security, a video is priceless! That said, some environmental issues can have an effect on video security cameras, especially over our stormy Canadian winters. It’s a good idea to learn the signs of potential issues, as well as how to circumvent any problems, to ensure you continue to enjoy the safety and convenience of having video surveillance at your home throughout the winter.
Wi-Fi range, humidity and precipitation
If you are choosing a Wi-Fi camera, select a cold weather security camera system. Then, you should still consider your Wi-Fi range when positioning the cameras around your property. The closer the cameras are to your home and Wi-Fi base, the better, especially since extreme cold, humidity and precipitation can degrade your Wi-Fi signals. Snow, rain, even fog means the air becomes filled with small water droplets, which could mean trouble for Wi-Fi. If your Wi-Fi signal is robust, you should be alright. But if an outdoor security camera is positioned far away from your home and Wi-Fi base, a humid wall of precipitation between your home and the security camera could interfere with your connection.
Snow and security cameras
As Canadians, we are used to the inconvenience of snow in winter. However, snow also poses a particular set of problems for video cameras. Blowing snow can obstruct your camera’s view or, if motion sensitivity is set to high levels, can even trigger a motion alert. That is why it is always good to check in from your smartphone to see what is causing the alert. Snow accumulation, resulting from blowing and drifting, can also mean that a once-clear view of an area will be obstructed as well. Do keep snowfall in mind when you position your camera… making sure you position your camera high up and pointed down to the area you want to monitor.
Top tips for outdoor camera installation and operation
• Outdoor cameras should be as close to your home as possible for trouble-free, winter viewing.
• Place your security cameras under entry eaves or porch ceilings. This gives your cameras added protection from environmental elements. If your home lacks outdoor eaves or ceilings, consider building some sort of shelter for your camera.
• Choosing a cold weather camera is your most important consideration. What is the best security camera for outside? The best camera for cold weather, of course, which means a camera that has a weather-resistance rating, so you know if they can withstand humidity, rain and snow. ADT by TELUS cameras feature this kind of quality, weather-resistant rating, so you can confidently rely on their ability to ward off snow, rain and humidity for years to come and through all types of inclement weather. View crisp, clear video, even in dark or low-light situations. On long, dark winter evenings, you can simply open your ADT Smart Generation panel, or view video on the ADT by TELUS app from your smartphone or tablet, to check out what is going on around your home and entry.
The ADT by TELUS Wi-Fi video doorbell is also weather-resistant and lets you see visitors at your door before you open it for the ultimate in winter comfort and security.
If you want to conveniently keep an eye on your home, don’t delay, call the video surveillance experts at 888.ADT.ASAP for professional installation and a worry-free winter.
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