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Now that summer is near, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to use your home’s outdoor spaces to maximize rest and relaxation. Spending time outdoors with family is a priority number one during the summer months, and adding an outdoor TV or AV system may be just what your home needs.

An outdoor TV will not only add a heck of a lot of fun to your summer, it will also add value to your home. Including a TV in an outdoor space like your backyard or patio isn’t as hard as you may think; you just need to know what to look for. We have a few tips and things to look out for to help get you started.

Check out these can’t-miss features that you should be looking for in an outdoor TV for your home:

  1. Aluminum Body Construction

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You’ll want to make sure the materials used to build your TV are of the highest quality. The TVs will operate in a range of temperature extremes – from -24°F to +124°F and be subjected to rust and corrosion. When putting a TV near a heat source, aluminum will hold up better than plastic, which is typically used in consumer TVs. You will also want to make sure that your TV has all of the audio capability and A/V inputs so that full functionality is available.

 

  1. Weather Tolerance

 

A TV with an Ingress Protection (IP) rating of 65 or above will be sealed and protected from dust and water spray from any angle. When looking for an outdoor TV, don’t settle for less than IP 65. NEMA, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, sets industry standards for electrical equipment that will be exposed to the elements. Before buying an outdoor TV, find the NEMA rating and look for something that is rated, at minimum, NEMA 6. NEMA 6 is widely accepted as the industry standard for outdoor TVs, and offers protection against dirt, ice formation and temporary submersion in water.

 

  1. Waterproof vs. Water Resistant

 

Waterproof and water resistant mean two very different things, and it’s important to understand and know the difference. A device that is waterproof means that it’s impervious to water and can even operate while submerged, whereas a device that is water resistant is able to resist water intrusion to some degree – but can not be submerged. There are a lot of acronyms and marketing terms being used to describe water protection, so be aware of what they mean and ask questions if you are unsure. Don’t forget to make sure that the remote is also waterproof. Keep in mind that a waterproof TV can also be power washed, which you will undoubtedly be doing at least a few times a year if you live in an area prone to dust.

 

  1. Anti-Reflective, Impact-Resistant Safety Glass

 

I can’t think of anything worse than having a beautiful HD TV mounted elegantly in your backyard and not being able to actually see the screen because of sun glare. Choosing a TV with an anti-reflective and impact-resistant display will help prevent that dreaded sun glare. Impact-resistant glass will not shatter and spray glass everywhere if an errant baseball or Frisbee happens to make contact with a TV.

 

  1. Low Maintenance

 

When considering buying a TV for your backyard, check reviews and manuals to ensure that a particular unit will not require much maintenance down the road. Units that are completely sealed and ventless don’t require external vents, filters, or exhaust fans, which can get costly as the need to replace them persists. Small details such as rounded corners on the TV frame will allow water and dust to roll off the unit. You don’t your TV going down the day before your July 4 BBQ. Keeping maintenance to a minimum allow you and your family to enjoy more time outside.

 

Adding and outdoor TV to your backyard or patio is a considerable investment that can pay dividends in terms of family entertainment. There are many options on the market, and knowing what to look for can help you towards achieving the ultimate outdoor entertainment area. Most importantly you want a unit that is fully sealed and ventless, can withstand harsh weather, and look great no matter where you place it.

 

Are you buying an outdoor TV for your home? Do you need help finding the right TV for your outdoor space? Let me know in the comments below!

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