How to Use a TV on a Covered Patio

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Watching television under a covered patio is a relaxing way to spend a summer afternoon or evening, when everyone wants to be outdoors. You can luxuriate in the hot tub while watching a movie or keep the kids busy with a show while you cook dinner on the grill. Because the TV is under a covered patio, the unit already has some protection from the elements. With a few additional precautions you can enjoy TV outdoors without worrying about your expensive electronics investment.

Things You'll Need

  • Dehumidifier
  • Outdoor TV cover
  • Turn the TV so that wind and rain contact is minimized or eliminated under the covered patio. Against the wall of your house is a good choice, because the set will also be close to an electrical outlet.

  • Plug in a dehumidifier under the covered patio, and empty the collection bucket regularly during muggy summer months. This helps to keep moisture in the air from collecting on and inside the TV.

  • Place remote controls and media such as DVDs in a cabinet or drawer when they're not in use. This protects them from weather and temperature extremes.

  • Use a cover designed for outdoor TVs when you are not watching television on the patio. These snug-fitting covers are designed to block moisture and protect the electronics from temperature extremes, as well as UV rays from the sun.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not place a TV anywhere outdoors where it could fall or tip over, such as next to a pool, sauna or hot tub.

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