There is quite a lot to consider when you are looking at installing a TV antenna. If you google it, I’m certain you will find instructions or video’s on how to install an antenna. If you are quite handy, have the right tools at your disposal, have plenty of spare time for research and doing the work – maybe you could give it a go. HOWEVER, this comes with a huge caution, because it’s not always as simple as it’s made out to be.
Here are a few other considerations before you even begin spending time or money on a self-installation:
The right tools
Professional TV antenna installers will have particular tools and equipment to ensure excellent digital reception to all TV points. The most important of these elements is the digital signal meter, which will detail the exact strength of signal for each TV channel at each TV point in the home. This equipment is worth thousands of dollars and isn’t accessible to the average home installer. As such you may be relying on a simple “point & shoot” method to get good reception, which is not reliable and doesn’t guarantee good quality signal across all channels.
Distance between the TV and antenna.
Digital TV signals can deteriorate through coaxial cables over longer distances. We recommend your antenna is placed within about 20 metres of your TV. If the antenna needs to be positioned at a further distance than this, then it’s important that the antenna is powerful enough to mitigate any loss of signal. Alternatively, you could install an amplifier to boost the signal.
Where to mount and point the antenna
You will need to start by finding out where your local TV station transmitters are. You can usually google this information or contact one of your local TV stations and ask them. Best signals will be gained when the antenna is directed at your nearest TV transmission station. This part can be trickier than it may seem at first;
Cable and wall plates
Of course if you are installing a new antenna or new TV points, you will need to factor in the cost and skills required to run the cable from the antenna, through the wall/ceiling cavities, to the TV point/s in the home. This can be tricky business for the home installer and can take an understanding of the structure of the home and how to safely get cable through the cavities. Please ensure that you have checked the relevant building and electrical codes prior to running cable, to ensure that you are installing safely. Be sure that you stay a safe distance from power cables (min distances vary by state depending on building codes).
So, whilst it is possible to install your own TV antenna, it is highly recommended to get a professional installer. The use of professional signal meters alone, will save possible hours in trying to find signal and align the antenna, and get the best possible reception on each TV channel. Experience also affords professional installers plenty of tips and tricks to antenna placement and installation that might just make the difference between OK TV signals and fantastic TV signals. Of course the other major factor in considering a professional installation is safety. Professional installers are trained to work at heights, trained to run cable safely within the cavities of the home and are insured in case anything goes wrong.
If you want to save yourself, time, stress and money, get a professional to help you install your TV Antenna. You won’t regret it.
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