After a TV antenna installation, you no doubt look forward to getting optimal reception. There are, however, certain obstacles that may stand in the way of this, manifesting as interference or distortion and even complete loss of signal.
Antenna installation pros have an understanding of said obstacles and employ their expertise to work around or overcome them. How? Here is what you can expect from the experts.
1. Watching the Cable Length
You may experience significant signal degradation and loss over longer antenna cables. The TV antenna installation crew will, therefore, do their best to keep this cable length to a minimum.
Achieving this minimum cable length calls for properly selecting the placement spot. By doing so, you can avoid having to run the antenna cable from one end of your house to the other.
2. Avoiding Damage to Antenna Cable
During installation, and over time, your antenna cable may experience some damage which may impact your signal. If the cable is not new, then experts know to look for damage, especially on the cable shielding, that may render the cable not the best choice.
During antenna installation, the professionals are careful not to damage the cable when stapling or nailing it into place. Proper crimping also helps to avoid signal loss problems.
3. Keeping Clear of Metal
Metal objects around the TV antenna installation site can cause signal problems. This is usually in the form of some interference, but in severe cases, your signal reception may get blocked altogether.
Experts will maintain some distance between your antenna and, for example, the metal burglar bars on your windows, or your balcony railings.
4. Watching the Proximity to Other Cables
The coaxial antenna cable will pick up interference from other electrical cables in the vicinity, such as the one powering the TV. It, therefore, becomes imperative to ensure that the antenna cable and these other cables do not run parallel to each other.
Similarly, high-voltage power lines running directly over the antenna may have the same effect. Choose an antenna installation site with this in mind. You should also ensure that the power lines feeding into your home are all properly grounded as stray static discharge may affect signal reception.
As outlined, there is quite a bit that goes into ensuring that your TV antenna gets crisp and clear reception, free of interference and distortion. Your best bet is to get a professional to take care of your TV antenna installation.
To learn more, contact a TV antenna installation service.