Choosing a new TV for your home is exciting and challenging but once you’ve set it up, it’s important to understand how to look after and protect your new television to extend its lifespan.
In this blog, we’ll share our top 5 tips on making your television last longer by looking at the best care routine that works for you.
1. Turn Off Your TV Regularly
The average lifespan of a television varies between 4 and 10 years (approximately 40,000 – 100,000 hours) depending on usage and maintenance.
Turning off your TV is one of the simplest things you can do to extend its lifespan. While many people leave their TV on as background noise, keeping your television on for just 3 hours can add up to over 1,000 extra hours per year. When you are not using or watching TV we would suggest turning it off and not leave it in standby mode — by unplugging your TV from the mains, you can also save money on your electricity bill!
2. Don’t Cover the Ventilation System
Overheating can cause many problems for your TV. One method of prevention is to allow your set to breathe by sitting it on a well-ventilated TV stand. We would recommend approximately 4 inches of space between your TV and the wall or any sides.
While many of us prefer to mount our TV onto the wall, improper installation could be a factor as to why your TV may overheat. As a general rule, ventilation and openings should never be covered or blocked.
3. Use a Surge Protector or Voltage Regulator
You may be wondering whether a surge protector or voltage regulator is necessary for your TV? Well, they are an inexpensive way to protect your television against random power spike damage.
Many people are used to plugging their TV into a powerstrip but these do not guarantee protection from potentially dangerous electrical issues.
Surge protectors offer a safeguard in joules, blocking or shunting high voltage spikes in the AC power line to protect electronic components. In general, the more joules your surge protector offers, the better, as this means that your TV could handle the power from one large surge or multiple smaller surges before it would become a concern. We would suggest a surge protector with enough outlets for all your gadgets, as well as an auto-shutoff feature for safety.
Voltage regulators take the incoming AC voltage and stabilises it. This can provide significantly improved and more reliable performance from an audio or video system. Often automatic voltage regulators contain surge protectors as well.
4. Keep Dust Away and Clean Regularly
It’s easy for dust and other debris to collect on television screens due to static electricity and if you allow dust to settle on your TV it can become a big problem. It’s important to keep your television and the surrounding area clean and clear from dust so that it is well ventilated and free from build-ups.
Don’t set up your TV too close to the floor where dust will settle. Wood stoves and open fires are not an ideal place to set up your television as factors such as heat, ash and dust can shorten the lifespan of your television.
We would suggest wiping your television regularly with a clean microfibre cloth and mild dish soap or TV screen cleaner.
5. Set the Correct Contrast and Brightness
Adjusting the contrast and brightness levels can help to extend the life of your new television.
Televisions are usually set up for showroom level brightness and once the picture begins to dim, the quality is affected until it eventually becomes unwatchable. The higher you set your contrast and brightness, the more power your TV will use, over time, this will decrease your TV’s longevity.
Because of this, we would recommend adjusting the contrast and brightness to suit the room where your TV is set up — many of our televisions come with pre-set light and contrast features, such as ‘film mode’ or ‘darkroom’.
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For TV aftercare, always refer to manufacturers guidelines as well as our top tips above. Contact us today to find out more information about our products, we’re happy to answer any questions that you may have.