It’s estimated that well-designed patios and outdoor spaces add 8-10% to the value of a home. Adding an outdoor TV or home theater in a year-round warm-weather Texas town is a no-brainer! Before you get started with your investment, read through the Blu Glo outdoor TV recommendations to get the most return on your investment.
Blu Glo professionals recommend buying a TV specifically designed for outdoor use. These outdoor models have built-in features that:
- Accommodate bright sunlight.
- Withstand extreme temperatures.
- Have weatherproof components from the inside out.
Outdoor technology costs up to three to four times more than regular indoor models but they are worth the investment!
If money for an outdoor model is out of the question, keep reading to find tips on how to install an indoor TV outside.
What to Know About Installing an Indoor TV Outside
If you are planning the design of your outdoor entertainment space and have decided to use an indoor TV, here are some essential factors to keep in mind:
- Does the cabinet matter?
You don’t have to use a cabinet if the position of your TV shields it from rain and direct sunlight. Mounting your TV in a cabinet entirely closes it off to the outside weather and protects it from harsh temperatures and theft.
You can easily find a TV cabinet online. Look for one with sliding barn doors, double doors that open, a bi-folding door, or a door that pops up when it opens. If you’re handy, you can even DIY your cabinet!
- Can you leave a TV outside during the winter months?
Yes, you can leave your TV up in winter when it’s not in use, but we recommend storing it. If condensation settles on the circuit board, it will eventually corrode the TV’s internal elements. Pulling your TV inside during the colder months can prolong its life.
- Do they make TV covers for outdoor systems?
Yes, there are many different types of covers for outside-mounted TVs. Blo Glo can help you find the right one to protect your outdoor system all year long.
- Should you insulate a patio TV?
Airflow is crucial for TVs because it prevents the internal components from overheating. It’s essential to install fans within a TV cabinet when possible.
You can also install fans in a TV’s protective shield or case if space allows.
There’s no need to insulate a TV; just make sure it’s protected from the elements.
- Should outdoor TVs be installed in a shady area?
Yes, you should install your indoor TV in a shaded or partially shaded area. If you mount a TV in direct sunlight, you won’t be able to see the picture unless you use an outdoor TV.
- What sound system is best for an outdoor TV/Entertainment area?
There are plenty of options for outdoor audio. First, think about the size of your yard. Where do you want sound coming from — all over, or only in specific areas?
When you consider placement, keep in mind that there’s no such thing as wireless speakers because every speaker needs a power source. In-ceiling, wall, and rock speakers are all excellent options. Since these speakers are weather-resistant, you don’t have to worry about replacing them. Discuss your needs with a Blu Glo technician so they can install a system that best suits your space!
- Does it cost more to install a TV outside?
Yes, installing and mounting a TV outside typically comes with additional costs. Depending on the space, the major expenses could include installing a new outlet and running power.
You will also need Wi-Fi. We encourage you to have the connected TV or streaming device hardwired to ensure the best connection available. Other potential costs include the mounting bracket, cover, and any additional wiring needed.
- Which brands are best for outdoor or patio use?
We only install Samsung TVs because we know how they work, and we stand by their performance. We suggest the Samsung Terrace QLED because it provides 2,000 nits of brightness, anti-reflective screen technology, and a feature that allows the screen brightness to adapt to the environment automatically. It’s also resistant to water and dust.
- Is it too hot in Fort Worth to run an outdoor TV in summer?
The average summer temperature in Fort Worth is about 96 degrees. That’s pretty hot, and indoor TVs are made for indoor climates.
Nonetheless, you can still have an outdoor TV in Fort Worth. Just remember to shield your TV from direct sunlight (such as keeping it in a covered area). And because it’s outside in the heat and elements, don’t expect the longevity you would from the TVs installed inside your home.
- Do I need professional help, or can I install an outside TV system myself?
It’s always good to hire a professional when installing an outdoor TV setup. When mounting a TV on brick walls or siding, you must ensure the wall can support the TV. You may need additional equipment or wiring for the outdoor system that requires the expertise of a professional audio/video installer like a Blu Glo technician.
Our technicians have years of training and experience in installing AV equipment, and we will install the TV and wiring in the safest and most effective location. Besides, who will you call for support if you do it yourself and the system quits working? Re-write: Additionally, Blu Glo technicians are always on call! If you lose service before the big game, we’ll be there to get things back up and running in a hurry!
Having an outdoor TV requires a bit more than simply mounting a TV outside, but Blu Glo makes it simple!
Call us for a quick evaluation. 817-332-2233
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- Quick space design ideas
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