This post was originally published on February 4, 2016 and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Heat is the prime culprit in digital video recorders (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 three critical tips.

1. Be Conscious of Temperature

Be aware 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 cooling and ventilation can ensure your system does not overheat. Prevent your DVR from reaching its boiling point with the following tips: 

  • 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 store 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 this advice can help you prolong the life of your DVR, having reliable equipment from the start is a must. Ask your vendor the following questions before purchasing a DVR:

  • 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?

Your DVR is the heart of your video surveillance system. It needs proper maintenance and care to process and store video signals from your security cameras. Contact a trusted security vendor if you have any questions regarding installation, setup and maintenance.