If you haven’t had to replace your TV aerial for a while, you may be a bit stumped about where to even begin. First, you have to figure out whether you need an inside TV aerial or an outside one. Additionally, there is even the option of having a TV aerial in your loft. The choices can be overwhelming, which is why we’ve written this article to help make the decision process a little bit easier.
Let’s take a look at what the different types of aerials are out there and which one is going to be best for your home.
Having an Aerial Indoors
An indoor aerial is going to be the easiest aerial to install because you don’t have to attach it to a wall or mount it like you would have to if it were an outdoor aerial. An indoor antenna is recommended for houses that are close enough to a transmitter that the aerial doesn’t need to be located outside. Generally speaking, this is going to be within 15 miles.
In saying this, it’s essential to check the reach that your indoor aerial has before you purchase it because indoor aerials can vary from one another. As you can imagine, outdoor aerials have a better range, so you should only consider an indoor aerial if you’re really close to a transmitter.
Choosing a Loft Aerial
A lot of the time these days people prefer not to fill up their modern home with junk, whether it’s in the living room or on the roof, which is why people opt for a loft aerial now more than ever. When you start to think about it having your antenna in the loft seems like the perfect place for it. In saying this, though, it’s still important to make sure you put it in the right place, and it’s got a good reach.
Something worth noting at this point, however, is that if you have a metal roof, it’s not advised that you place your aerial in the loft.
Having an Outdoor Aerial
You may have already guessed that it would be best for you to choose an outdoor aerial if you live a bit further away from the transmitter, e.g., more than 15 miles away. This is going to ensure that you get the best reception you can. Just like indoor aerials, outdoor aerials can vary when it comes to their range, so it’s important to check this before you make your purchase.
Most outdoor aerials available on the market are made to last in all different types of weather conditions, and most come with a traditional look so unless you’re looking for something unique and modern most outdoor aerials are going to look pretty similar.
So, what is an amplified aerial, and why would you need one? Well, it all seems to be to do with the part of town that you live in. Again, if you live closer to a transmitter, then you probably aren’t going to deal with too much interference. This means that you won’t have to get an amplified aerial, because a traditional version will do just as well.
However, if you live a bit too far away from the transmitter for this, and there are other things getting in the way of your signal e.g., Wi-Fi, then you may want to go with an amplified aerial that guarantees good signal.
Interference of LTE
LTE is otherwise known as 4G, and it’s the network that your mobile phone uses to get the internet when it’s not connected to the Wi-Fi at home. LTE is related to your TV aerial because a lot of the time they’re going to use the same bandwidth, which means that you could deal with some interference. A lot of the time you can find TV aerials that have been made with an LTE filter in place, so if you think your antenna is going to deal with this kind of interference, it’s crucial to choose one that comes with this type of filter.
Finding the Perfect TV Aerial
Before you embark on your aerial choosing journey, make sure to refer to this article so that you can figure out precisely what type of aerial you need based on where your home is located and what kind of interference you could end up experiencing. It’s also important to know where you want to place your aerial so that you can accommodate accordingly.