It is an open secret that television sets form an integral part of modern society. For instance, statistics indicate that 99% of all households in Australia have at least one working TV set. What this means is that most homes have other things to worry about other than affordability of the pervasive device. Most, if not all of us, will agree that the quality of signal is a big deal when talking about televisions. The best set in the market will not offer any comfort with poor signal quality. This brings us to the core focus of this article, that is, installation of antennae. This simple component makes all the difference with regard to signal quality. A properly installed antenna will go a long way in enhancing the experience of TV viewership. Considering the following aspects will allow homeowners to install antennas properly instead of engaging service providers at a fee:
- Line of sight -- it is paramount to ensure that an antenna is installed while facing the nearest TV transmitter directly. Homeowners can acquire the location of the tower from the broadcast service provider they subscribe to. The line of sight must be clear of obvious obstacles like buildings to prevent interference. This aspect determines how high or low an antenna should be mounted.
- Signal strength -- an antenna works effectively where TV signals are strong enough to be picked. However, signal strength deteriorates as one moves further away from the transmitter. Therefore, it is important to measure and factor in signal strength during installation of an antenna. Special antennas should be used in setups that involve weak signals. These types incorporate components that pick the weak signal and amplify it for TV sets to work effectively.
- Weather elements -- the quality of TV signals is affected by weather and so does the antenna itself. For example, some antennas are powered through the mains supply, which calls for special consideration during installation. In this case, appropriate insulators must be used to ensure no shorting occurs. Shorts are notorious for causing poor TV signal reception.
- Types of TV signal -- TV signals are broadcast in either analogue or digital formats. Each of these two types requires a different kind of antenna. Therefore, homeowners need to understand the type of signal and acquire a compatible antenna in order to achieve quality reception. This information can be acquired from TV service providers readily.