Posted on: 4 January 2016
The process of installing an antenna for digital televisions can be pretty easy. However, there are a few things that every homeowner need to consider before taking on any installation project for a TV antenna. The location and quality of the signal are some of the factors that hugely impact this decision. Below are a few things you should consider when thinking of installing a digital TV antenna for your home use.
Assess the Digital TV Signal Available at Your Location
Assessing the availability of digital signal can be fairly simple or complicated. The first thing would be to look at what other households in your neighbourhood are doing. If you find out that most of these houses have small antennas mounted on their roofs and particular types of antennas, it is most likely that similar configurations will work for you.
In other areas, for the most part hilly or mountainous landscapes, more work may be required. A perfect place to start is the government's mySwitch website where you can get insights on the digital TV coverage in your location. You are only required to provide your address and a predicted reception quality will be given depending on the terrain and distance from nearby digital TV transmitters. All you will need to do is to purchase a TV antenna with correct band coverage based on the recommendations from the website.
Choose the Location and Type of TV Aerial Mount
To some extent, the reception quality is responsible for determining the type of mount suitable in an area. Where you place the antenna does not really matter in areas with robust signal strength and good reception quality. However, you will get a better end result when the right location and type of mount are chosen.
A rule of thumb would be choosing a location on the same side of the roof as the TV transmitters and placing the antenna higher. For those who have a digital TV signal strength meter, moving around up and down your roof can be helpful in determining the best possible location.
Install the Antenna
The next step would be to assemble the antenna. When assembling, it is strongly recommended that you follow the instructions provided for your particular antenna. It is important to ensure that the antenna is set to the correct polarisation for your local TV transmitters. For help, contact a professional TV antenna installation company.
This way you will be able to have your antenna installed and aligned as best as possible.