4 Mistakes to Avoid When You Install a TV Antenna
Are you planning to install a TV antenna so you can clearly watch all your favorite TV shows and movies? Many homeowners make the mistake of buying an antenna and trying to install it themselves so they can save money.
It never fails. A horrible storm blows through the area, knocks the antenna down, and destroys a good chunk of the roof. Now you have to pay a ton out of pocket to fix the damages.
So much for saving cash.
That’s not the only antenna installation mistake that people make. There are a ton of others. If you do decide to do it yourself, read an antenna installation manual online and carefully go through it step by step, hopefully saving some cash in the process.
Check out this guide to find out what you should avoid doing.
1. Don’t DIY or Hire a Shady Company
A good antenna installation doesn’t come cheap. That’s why many people will try to save money by either doing it themselves or hiring a company that might do it at a more affordable price. This could cost you a lot more money in the long scheme of things.
That company you’re hiring is more affordable but the materials they’re using are probably shoddy at best. Even if the antenna does stay up for now and you get a decent signal, the first time a storm blows through, it’s gone.
Doing it yourself will lead to the same scenario or worse. You may fall off your roof and get injured.
Read this article to find out more about why you need to find an experienced company to do the installation for you.
2. Using Old Equipment
Don’t waste your money by ordering an older antenna model. It’s cheaper but it will start to wear down a lot faster than a newer antenna. When that happens, you won’t be able to get a single channel.
The same goes for your coaxial cables. Buy high-quality, brand-new cables that won’t snap on you anytime soon.
3. Installing the Wrong Antenna for Your Area
Before you buy an antenna, it’s important to consider your location. If you’re not close to a broadcast tower, an indoor antenna isn’t going to do you much good.
If your outdoor TV antenna isn’t attuned to your location’s frequency, you won’t be able to get a single channel. A professional installation company will be able to give you that information and help you choose an antenna to suit your needs.
4. Amplifier Usage
Using a TV antenna amplifier can be quite beneficial. If it’s appropriate for you to use one. If you don’t really need an amplifier or you use one that’s too strong, you’ll have trouble getting any channels in.
Before you invest in one, ask your installation company if you could benefit from one. It might save you a ton of frustration and headache.
Install a TV Antenna the Right Way
At some point, many homeowners decide to install a TV antenna so they can get in more channels and tune into their favorite programs. This purpose becomes a bit counterproductive if you don’t invest in your project and install the antenna the right way.
At the end of the day, the best thing that you can do is call the professionals. They’ll know what your needs are and be able to deliver.
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Amanda Byers is a graduate of Columbia, where she played volleyball and annoyed a lot of professors. Now as Zubuz’s entertainment and Lifestyle Editor, she enjoys writing about delicious BBQ, outrageous style trends and all things Buzz worthy.