If you rely on an antenna for television reception in your home, it's important that you position your antenna optimally. Unfortunately, a lot of consumers make antenna placement mistakes that detract from the performance of their TV antenna and the quality of their television reception.
The following are six mistakes to avoid that could detract from the performance of your household's antenna and TV reception.
- Putting your antenna in a location that's low to the ground.
One of the most important things to know about TV antenna placement is that higher antenna placement means better reception. This means that you should invest in a long cord that will allow you to place your antenna as high as possible. If you can, you should even place your antenna in your attic to optimize reception.
- Placing your antenna far from a window.
It's easier for an antenna to pick up a signal when it's located near a window. A window location gives an antenna an unobstructed link to broadcast towers. That's why you should locate your indoor antenna as close to a window as possible.
- Not experimenting with different locations for your antenna.
It's difficult to predict the best possible location for an antenna without first trying out the options. You should experiment by putting your antenna in different possible locations and then observing the resulting reception. After you've experimented, leave your antenna in the location that showed the best results in terms of reception.
- Being unaware of the location of TV transmitter towers.
Knowing the location of TV transmitter towers in your area can help you to optimize antenna location. When you know where towers are located, you can position your antenna so that it's facing in the right direction.
- Failing to invest in an upgraded cable.
Pay attention to the type of cable that your antenna comes along with. Your antenna might not necessarily come with the cable that offers the best possible reception. Do your research on cable options. You might be able to invest in an upgraded cable that will drastically improve the reception you get on the televisions in your home.
- Failing to take advantage of your skylight.
You should be able to enjoy uncommonly good reception in your home if you have a skylight. Positioning your antenna near a skylight ensures that you antenna will get the best possible signal. You might even be able to pick up additional channels if you reposition your antenna near a skylight.