4 Reasons Not to Take Your Indoor TV Outdoors

4 Reasons Not to Take Your Indoor TV Outdoors
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    Picture this: You've just spent a year putting together the perfect outdoor area.

    All you're missing is the perfect entertainment system to seal the deal.


Picture this: You’ve just spent a year putting together the perfect outdoor area. You have your covered patio, an outdoor bar, a gazebo, yards and yards of gorgeous landscaping. All you’re missing is the perfect entertainment system to seal the deal. You pop over to the closest big box store to buy the largest, flattest screen TV you can find, drag it home, mount it outside and experience years and years of enjoyment.

Except you don’t. You actually get a few months out of your shiny new TV before it burns out for good.
What went wrong? You tried to use an indoor TV to do the job of an outdoor TV.

The Temperature

Televisions are designed to work within a certain temperature range – and extremes on either side can bring about major issues. Severe cold can cause LCD and plasma television displays to become sluggish. As temperatures increase from cooler to warmer, condensation forms inside an unsealed television – leading to corrosion in the circuitry.

All high-definition televisions have fans to dissipate the heat they generate. These fans are designed to work within normal temperatures and are incapable of cooling a television exposed to intense heat. Once a TV overheats, the damage to its internal components can be irreparable.

The Elements

Ventilation holes in a television’s housing provide easy access for moisture, insects, dust and dirt. Needless to say, if these elements are introduced to the internal electronics, a short circuit is in short order. If you’re lucky, your TV will simply stop working. If you’re unlucky, electrocution might be in your future.

The Picture

If you’ve ever tried watching television in a sunny room, you know how exasperating glare can be. Most indoor television screens don’t have the proper anti-glare screen coating needed to get a good picture outside. Furthermore, most indoor television displays don’t have a high enough nit count to provide a vivid picture in natural light.

The Sound

Besides a washed out picture, one of the first things you’ll notice when you drag your indoor television outside is a frustrating lack of volume. Thanks to ambient noise, you need a lot more volume when viewing TV outdoors. And while a proper outdoor stereo system might solve the volume issue, it won’t protect your television from the heat and elements.

Other Options

So what’s an open-air entertainment aficionado to do? The answer can be found in outdoor televisions which are specially designed to handle anything nature can throw at them. There are also covers available to add another layer of protection when the television is not in use – however, they’re mostly for aesthetic purposes (to keep rain and dust from getting directly onto the housing). While outdoor televisions are a bit costlier than their indoor counterparts, they’re cheaper than buying a new TV every season because the last one couldn’t hack it.

An outdoor living area is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy time with the people you love – not electrocute yourself on a faulty television. So, call your friends, grab some popcorn, kick back, and catch a movie under the stars.

Image credit: Patrick Feller, on Flickr

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