This summer’s temperatures have been pretty extreme. Most of the country is experiencing some level of drought, and the heat that has come with it has been tough to take. But it hasn’t just been the people who have suffered through it; the heat has also caused problems throughout a variety of industries causing home foundation problems, air conditioner malfunctions and, yes, security system failures. And that is something we at S-O-S Electronics want to help you avoid.

When you think about it, your security system is a lot like a home computer with many of the same needs—including cool temperatures. Like computers, when a security system’s head-end equipment overheats, it causes system failure and creates malfunctions or even total shut-downs. Instead of allowing this to happen, we want to help you keep your system running by offering a few tips to help maintain a cool, functioning system.

First, it’s important to allow air to flow around the equipment. Tightly encloses spaces don’t allow outside air to get to the equipment, and the heat created from the machinery accumulates in the space making it hotter and hotter. Instead of letting the thermometer rise, make sure the area is properly ventilationed and allows air to circulate around the equipment.

If creating airflow doesn’t generate enough temperature change to keep it cool, consider installing a fan. There are hundreds of models available on the market, and many that a specifically designed for electrical equipment. By stirring up the air, you’ll help rid the area of heat and keep your system stabilized.

Another tip is to keep the equipment clean. The buildup of dust and dirt can slow down the equipment’s internal fans making it more likely to overheat and fail. Instead of letting it dust collect, either clean the equipment yourself or call in a pro depending on your system.

The security of your property is important. Whether you own a home or manage a commercial property, you want to make sure it is safe and secure. After all, that’s why you purchased the security equipment to begin with. But the system can only do its job if it receives proper care.

This month, we at S-O-S Electronics want to encourage you to keep it cool—your security equipment, that is. Who knows how long the high temperatures will last? In the meantime, do your part to keep your system up and running by helping it get the cool air it needs. And, once that’s taken care of, be sure to do the same for yourself.

To make sure your system is getting what it needs to stay in working order, contact us today!

  1. Many people wouldn’t think to keep the temperature of their security systems low. Great tips to prevent having a home security system that doesn’t provide security.

  2. Great info thanks for the post. Most things have a harder time with how hot it has been and it is a great reminder to make sure security systems stay cool too.

  3. It is amazing just how much hot temperatures can affect things that you wouldn’t normally think of. I do know that its always ice cold in server rooms and such because they have to keep the machines cool!

  4. wagnerjawdoc says:

    Great tips for any homeowner with a security system. If the homeowner isn’t following the tips in this blog, then eventually the system won’t work.

  5. Never knew it was so important to keep the temperature down around equipment like this. No wonder its always ice cold in places with a lot of computers and servers!

  6. A security system that is rendered useless by the heat is worse than having a guard goldfish. The goldfish might fly out of its tank and launch itself into the invaders mouth and get lodged and take him down.

  7. A fan is a much cheaper in the long run than risking your security because of a faulty system.

  8. Some may not realize how important it is to keep your computer equipment cool until it’s too late, thanks for sharing!

  9. A simple fan can prevent an important system from malfunctioning. The cost of a fan is nothing compared to a break in, or even just a new system.

  10. Security systems don’t require alot of maintenance or care, but a fan isn’t much to ask for. The price of not having one could be everything.

  11. Those are some good tips. I really like the DIY option of cleaning the equipment and buying a fan to help cool them off.

  12. I’m sure there a lot of individuals who have security systems, but don’t think to take care of them by cleaning or dusting. Thanks for sharing this information.

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