How to Avoid DVRs from Overheating

Thursday, February 4, 2016 by under Safety

Heat is the prime culprit in digital video recorder (DVR) failures. So how can your business avoid overheating to prolong the life of your DVR and provide enhanced security through video surveillance? Below, we provide critical tips.

1. Be Conscious of Temperature

Always be conscious of your system’s temperature. Consider both internal and external factors to evaluate heat liability implications:

  • The temperature of the room in which your DVR is stored plays a big role in maintaining a safe environment. Keep it cool and well ventilated.
  • Utilize an electronic thermometer to monitor ambient temperature (the area where your equipment is being stored) if your system does not contain a built-in reader.
  • Do not run systems when they are not in-use. Allow your system downtime to cool on its own.

2. Ventilate, Ventilate, Ventilate

Adequate installation of cooling and ventilation can ensure your system does not overheat. Prevent your DVR from reaching its boiling point in the following ways:

  • Install cabinet fans or spot coolers to increase ventilation.
  • Do not move DVRs while they are running or in use.
  • Do not stack systems on top of each other or too close together.
  • Store DVRs in air-conditioned rooms if possible.
  • Provide systems with easy access to natural airflow.

If you have questions on how to keep your DVR’s temperature in the safe zone, connect with your security vendor to discuss available options.

3. Work with Your Security Vendor

Although there are precautions that can be taken to prolong the life of your DVR, having solid and reliable equipment from the get-go is a must. Before purchasing equipment, ask your vendor the following questions:

  • How often does my equipment need to be updated?
  • Is there an equipment warranty if I experience overheating?
  • Should my DVR overheat, will you be available to assess damages and/or facilitate necessary repairs?
  • Does your company offer professional installation of cooling equipment?
  • Does my DVR have a cool-down mode if it reaches a certain temperature?

How do you keep your DVRs cool? Share with us in the comments below.

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