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Is Using An Inside TV Outside A Good Idea

Doug in Murfreesboro, Tennessee listens on SuperTalk WTN 99.7 asked us about using a TV outside

Patio TV

Doug asked: “I built a new patio and want to put a TV out there. How tolerant will the TV be in the outside environment, or will I have to bring it in all the time?”


You’ll probably have to bring it in. Even assuming you keep it away from the sun and rain, temperature will be an issue.

Murfreesboro actually has a relatively mild climate, so you have a better shot than other listeners in other parts of the country would, but your average high in July and August is still 90 degrees, and your average low in January is 25. A regular TV won’t love temperatures over 90 or below freezing.

A regular TV won’t love temperatures over 90 or below freezing.

All televisions have a temperature operating range, and those ranges vary by brand, you can try to find one that can take a little bit more of a beating, but really your only real choice is an outdoor TV. They’re much more expensive, look at SunBriteTV for examples, they specialize in outdoor TVs, but they’ll cost you a lot of money. They are built for what you need though, so they may be worth the investment if you don’t want to  constantly have to replace your TV.

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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

Dave thrives on audience participation!

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