We very much appreciate your business and support. Let’s start the new year with some good security practices to insure your security system stays up and running and doing what it supposed to do.
We are supplying you with some helpful tips to keep your video security system up and running well. A little prevention or self help can save you money and keep your system healthy.
Check your DVR hard drive(s) regularly
- An easy way to check your hard drive is to simply playback recent video.
- Check your playback to make sure that all your cameras are recording. Filter through dates and times is a good way to ensure proper recording.
- Make sure you are getting the recording duration you anticipate. Suddenly seeing that you are only getting a few days of video recordings when you previously had weeks or months is a sign that something may be wrong.
Maintaining your DVR and Cameras
- DVRs tend to build up dust from the cooling fan that sucks in cooler air. The accumulation of dust can cause damage to the fan and cause the DVR to overheat. An easy method of cleaning is to use a computer dust spray. Simply aim it at the vent areas. Computer air sprays can be easily found at many computer stores as well as Best Buy, Target, Walmart etc. Although our new line of High Definition DVRs and NVRs have a 3 year warranty on hard drives and recorders, this practice will give your DVR and hard drive extra longevity.
- Spiders and bugs love the IR (infrared) lights on your security cameras. Spiders build webs around the cameras to catch the bugs that are often drawn to the light. A small spider web can render your cameras night view useless. Play back or check live view when it is dark outside to see which cameras are affected. Sometimes, when the spiders are so ambitious, it may be better to use a camera without IR and simply use another separate IR light source that is not attached to the camera. This will alleviate the problem completely in most cases.
- Dusting and lightly cleaning the camera lens with a soft cloth or a wipe helps to clean debris. Using a dust mop with a long handle will help reach the high mounted cameras that are typically out of reach without a ladder.
Monitor your Day and Night Recording
- Over time camera sensors and other parts can ware out. We warranty our new cameras for 3 years but many will last more than 10. Eventually, like any electronic device, they will need replacement.
- Camera connections, especially outside, can need maintenance. Heat, cold and sometimes moisture can affect the connections. While we don’t ask our customers to check this, we do recommend that looking for signs of connection issues. Lines in the image, flickering or other image issues are telltale. Addressing these issues right away is the best way to prevent total image loss.