Why You Should Never Install an Indoor TV Outside (Even on the Porch)

7 reasons you never want to use an indoor TV for an outdoor space, even if it’s a covered patio or screen porch.

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If you're working on a home with a covered patio or screen porch, you might wonder if you can get away with putting an indoor TV in the space, even thought it's technically outside. Especially if the home is in a warmer climate where you don't expect too much precipitation.

However, SunBriteTV knows the dangers of doing just that. Here are seven reasons you should never even think about putting an indoor TV anywhere outside.

1. Safety

Open the first page of any TV manual, and you’ll see a section warning you about the dangers of putting an indoor TV outside. Besides the risk of electrocution, one small short, and your cheap TV can cause some pretty expensive damage.

2. Damage

If you think that indoor TV is safe under your patio, think again. Humidity, dust, and sunlight can all compromise the inner workings of your device.

3. Performance

No one wants to watch a picture with obtrusive glare or black spots, but that’s what you’ll be faced with when your TV isn’t equipped for the outdoors.

4. Price

The SunBriteTV Veranda Series starts at just $1,499 MSRP, in direct competition with regular 4K TVs on the market.

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The difference? Veranda models can stand up to harsh weather and deliver a clear picture for years to come.

5. Warranty Issues

It’s simple: If you install an indoor TV outside, you’re voiding the warranty. So if your picture goes out on the very first day, you’re out of luck (and some serious cash).

6. Compromised Devices

A TV shock or short due to moisture can cause damage to other connected devices, which means more equipment you may have to replace.

7. Time

Don’t bother rolling out and setting up a TV every time you want to be outside. With SunBriteTVs, they’re installed once, and last for years. 

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