Every year more and more people are discovering the allure of outdoor home entertainment. After all, who wouldn’t love to be able to watch Sunday football with a warm summer breeze on their face or invite over a few friends to marathon your favorite Netflix show on the back patio?
Unfortunately, an outdoor home theater does come with a few extra risks than setting up in the basement. To ensure you can enjoy the outdoor entertainment experience for years to come, it’s important to enact a few special safety measures to keep your equipment secure and in good working condition.
Buy technology specifically designed for outdoor use.
Setting up a regular old TV and sound system on the back deck isn’t going to cut it if you want a high-quality, long-lasting outdoor home theater. You need equipment built with features and materials intended to protect it from environmental elements. Outdoor electronics are specially designed to withstand potential weather damage, acclimate to more extreme temperatures, and resist moisture.
Run your wiring underground.
The safest and most efficient way to power your outdoor entertainment equipment is to lay out your wires underground. They’ll be far less vulnerable to damage from weather, pests, animals, and humans this way. Your cabling should also be protected with conduit, especially if you end up being unable to run it underground.
Don’t forget to protect your equipment from thieves and vandals too.
Mother nature isn’t the only threat to your outdoor electronics—high-end outdoor entertainment equipment can be tempting to criminals in your neighborhood too. If you’re going to spend the money on an outdoor home theater, you should also invest in video surveillance (if you’re not already set up with a system) and position a camera to give you a good view of your equipment. If possible, try to have some of your equipment designed to blend in with your landscaping as well, to make it less noticeable.
For homeowners in Maryland and Washington D.C. looking for the perfect setup for their backyard home theater, Shore Home Solutions has the technology you need! The high-end outdoor sound systems and lighting solutions we offer from Coastal Source—along with our expert installation services—will take your outdoor entertainment experience to the next level.
Contact our team today to schedule your free in-home consultation and system demo!